The private pilot certificate is where it begins.
The Private Pilot Certificate is usually the first milestone in an aviation student’s career. Students get to experience the thrill of their first solo flight and are instructed in the basic principles of flight, fundamental flight maneuvers, preflight procedures, navigation and cross country operations, takeoffs/landings, emergency procedures and night operations.
Weight and balance calculations and the entire spectrum of aircraft performance are covered in detail during the course of the private pilot certificate program and students learn essential aviation skills. Private pilot certificate program graduates are knowledgeable, confident and ready to take their career to the next level!
PRIVATE PILOT Certificate PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Earn within first year of training
Students in the professional pilot degree programs can earn their Commercial Pilot Certificate within their second academic year.
Ground + Flight Training
In a combination of classroom and flight instruction, students are prepared for the successful completion of the Private Pilot Certificate.
Complete 1st Solo and Cross County Flights
Students are prepared for solo flights and cross-country operations.
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PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATE ADDITIONAL PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Private Pilot Ground School
During your time on the ground, you will become proficient with the vital aspects of flying private aircraft during solo flights and cross-country navigation. You will become familiar with the basic principles of flight and with the process of fundamental flight maneuvers.
Takeoff, landing, preflight, night flying, and standard emergency procedures will be examined. Study of airport signs, symbols, markings, lighting, and traffic patterns will prepare you for sharing airport space. Techniques for radio communication – as utilized during air trafficking – will be developed within the framework of Air Traffic Control (ATC) instructions. Coaching in Aeronautic Decision Making (ADM) will provide you with the ability to integrate weather analysis reports within your flight planning, and study of preflight safety operations will equip you with the knowledge necessary to keep yourself – and your passengers – safe. The successful completion of this course will prepare you to pass the Private Pilot examination.
Private Pilot Flight School
This is where the book knowledge becomes hands-on experience. Applying what you have learned, you will perform various skills while in the air. You will execute takeoffs and landings while performing instrument maneuvers, addressing stalls and spin entry, applying emergency procedures, and conducting night flying operations.
The importance of weight and balance calculations, the effect of density altitude on the aircraft, and the procedure for pre and post flight briefings will be understood in the context of real-time scenarios. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis, and its successful completion will prepare you for obtaining the Private Pilot Certificate.
Obtaining the Private Pilot Certificate is often the first step toward a career in aviation. While many seek the qualification for personal use, those with this certification can also seek to become employed in various capacities. Entities which hire individuals with a Private Pilot Certificate include those seeking private transportation, those in need of a charter service, or businesses in need of goods transporting.
Private pilots are also qualified to operate as Air Traffic Controllers. As of 2018, the annual median salary for an Air Traffic Controller was $124,540, and the need for more qualified individuals in this position is increasing at a rate of approx. 3% per year. As an Air Traffic Controller, practicing sound aeronautical judgment will be one of the many responsibilities expected of you. Agencies which hire Air Traffic Controllers include the Federal Aviation Administration.