Private Pilot License

What is a Private Pilot License?

The Private Pilot Certificate, internationally referred to as the Private Pilot License (PPL), is your first goal as a pilot. The PPL provides 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. In fact, you can even carry passengers, such as friends, family, and co-workers. You cannot fly for paid compensation or hire. However, you can share the operating expenses with your passengers. The PPL is your foundation course on a pathway to an airline pilot career.

Private Pilot License Course Requirements

To be eligible to pursue your Private Pilot License, you must meet certain requirements, such as:

  • 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.

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. Therefore, we provide a blended instructional approach that includes our online Virtual Flight Academy, Ground School and Aviation Skill Development. Students learn basic aerodynamics and FAA regulations. Furthermore, you learn about aircraft weight balance and aircraft performance. You learn this in the classroom and during flight simulator training. Flight lessons within the PPL course include aircraft maneuvers and procedures required for your solo flight. You’ll also conduct a daytime cross-country flight. As an FAA-rated flight school, our training ensures ACS (Airman Certification Standards) for all students.

Once you complete the Private Pilot course, you’ll have extensive aeronautical experience. As a result, you can apply for your FAA Private Pilot Certificate (PPL). This is the first step to becoming a Professional Pilot.

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

Private Pilot License Course Duration

Full-time students enrolled in the Professional Pilot program complete 5 lessons per week. Students who dedicate themselves to completing their PPL by studying hard earn their wings quickly. By making pilot training their top priority, they are able to complete within a 3-month period. Part-time students that are working or enrolled in school may take longer. As a result, they typically 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. Based on 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. They 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 Course Tuition

Earning a PPL requires a time commitment of approximately 3 months. Therefore, you should plan your budget and calendar accordingly.

Epic Online Virtual Academy – 60 Hours
Aviation Skills Development – 200 Hours
Simulator – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 15 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 40 Hours
Solo Flight – Cessna 172 – 10 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 20 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 6 Hours
Total Course Time: 3 months
Total Course Tuition: $19,985.50


Financing options are available.

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Meet Your Private Pilot Course Team Leader!

Mohammed Al-Ani
Mo Al Ani

Mo Al Ani is Epic Flight Academy’s Private Pilot Course Leader. After completing high school in 2013, Mo pursued his career dream of becoming a professional airline pilot. He even earned all his pilot certificates from private pilot’s license through his CFI right here at Epic! Mo is the first person in his family to become a pilot. He is here to help you succeed in achieving your dream of earning your Private Pilot License!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I get a private pilot license?

A: To earn an FAA PPL, you must be 16 to fly solo and 17 to earn your license. Additionally, you must meet health requirements for your medical exam and fly the required number of hours. After you complete your coursework and flight training, you’ll have to pass your FAA written exam and checkride.

Q: What can you do with a private pilot license?

A: You can fly fixed wing aircraft for sport and fun. However, most students attend flight school with the goal of getting pilot jobs.

Q: How much does a private pilot license cost?

A: The cost breakdown for flight instruction varies at each flight school. Tuition at Epic is $19,985.50.

Q: How long does it take to get a private pilot license?

A: Epic students typically earn their Private Pilot License in an average of 3 months. However, some complete much sooner.

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). This is the next step toward the ultimate goal of becoming a professional pilot!