Private Pilot License

Private Pilot License The Private Pilot Certificate, internationally referred to as the Private Pilot License (PPL), allows students to obtain the foundational knowledge and skills for all future aircraft pilot training. As a Private Pilot, you can fly an airplane day and night in visual flight conditions and carry passengers (friends, family, co-workers, etc.). You cannot fly for paid compensation or hire. However, you can share the operating expenses with your passengers.

Private Pilot License Course Requirements

To be eligible to pursue your Private Pilot License, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old to fly solo.
  • Be at least 17 years old to receive your private pilot certificate.
  • Read, speak, write, and understand English.
  • Obtain at least a third-class medical certificate.
  • Perform basic math: adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.
  • Be able to attend flight school at our state of the art facility in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Private Pilot License Course Overview

The Private Pilot course is the first course taken by new student pilots. Epic values the importance of a strong foundation and provides a blended instructional approach that includes our online Virtual Flight Academy, Ground School, and Aviation Skill Development. You will learn basic aerodynamics, FAA regulations, aircraft weight balance, and aircraft performance in the classroom and simulator training. Flight lessons within the course include maneuvers and procedures required for students to solo the aircraft and conduct a daytime cross-country flight. As an FAA-rated flight school, our training ensures ACS (Airman Certification Standards) for all students.

Upon the successful completion of the Private Pilot course, students will have gained the aeronautical experience necessary to apply for an FAA Private Pilot Certificate (PPL), the first step to becoming a Professional Pilot.

All Private Pilot training flights are conducted in new Technological Advanced Aircraft (TAA). Aircraft delivered after 2016 are also equipped with WAAS-capable instrument-certified GPS. We are proud to offer pilot training using Cessna 172s, one of the safest aircraft ever built.

Private Pilot License Course Duration

Full-time students enrolled in the Professional Pilot program will have 5 lessons per week. Students who truly dedicate themselves to completing their PPL by studying hard and making pilot training their top priority, are able to complete within a 3-month period. Part-time students that are working or enrolled in school may find that their PPL takes 4-6 months to finish based on their available schedules.

Private Pilot License Course Training

The FAA requires students to log a minimum of 35 total flight hours in order to be eligible for the Private Pilot’s License (PPL); however, with today’s technology, fewer than 5% of pilots complete their training within the minimum flight requirements. From our experience, students need a minimum of 50 airplane flight hours to meet the PPL requirements. Students that progress quickly through the courses are proficient at English, usually fly 5 times per week, work hard in their ground lessons, and study independently. They have also taken courses through our Virtual Flight Academy before arriving at flight school.

Private Pilot License Tuition Summary

Epic Online Virtual Academy – 60 Hours
ASD & Private Pilot Ground School – 60 Hours
Simulator -Cessna 172 w/Instructor – 7 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/Instructor – 40 Hours
Solo Flight – Cessna 172 – 10 Hours
One-on-One Instruction – 20 Hours
Pre & Post Briefing – 6 Hours
Cost of Tuition $14,252.50

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Meet Your Private Pilot Course Team Leader!

Mark Schiappa Private Pilot Instructor

Mark Schiappa

Mark Schiappa earned a BS in Aeronautics from Dowling College in Oakdale, NY as well as a degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York. He has an extensive background in safety, encompassing over 25 years in aviation, transportation and industry.

Having earned his CFI, CFII and MEI in 1998, Mark began flying with Epic as a flight instructor when the company first opened in 1999 and instructed at the academy for five years. In 2016, Mark returned to Epic Flight Academy and has served as the Safety Manager and the Private Pilot Course Team Leader.

In his role as Private Pilot Course Leader, Mark’s primary goals are to ensure that all students in the Private Pilot Course progress through their training efficiently and to provide guidance and assistance to the students and their flight instructors. As a dedicated educator, Mark is personally committed to providing the best possible learning experience to all students


What’s next after I earn my Private Pilot License?
Once you have earned your PPL, you will probably want to go on to the next rating: IFR (Instrument Flight Rules), which is the next step toward the ultimate goal of becoming a professional pilot. We can provide IFR training as well and look forward to helping you attain your flying goals!


Interested in learning more about obtaining your Private Pilot License at Epic Flight Academy? Contact us now! We’re here to answer any questions and help you get started! 

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