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Some people seek a private pilot certificate purely as a hobby or sport, while others desire the convenience of aircraft travel for vacations or to visit family members.
Some private pilots and aircraft owners use their airplane as a primary mode of transportation to business meetings or events, and for some, it's a step in the road toward becoming an airline pilot.
If you've decided that the private pilot certificate is right for you, keep reading to see what the next steps are.
Private pilots are trained well enough to navigate a small aircraft through the nation's airspace by themselves.
While in training, a private pilot learns aircraft maneuvers, navigation techniques, emergency procedures, and cross-country flight planning.
Private pilot training is more intense than training for a sport pilot certificate or a recreational pilot certificate, but not quite as extensive as for a commercial pilot certificate.
Here are the steps for how to become a private pilot: Make sure you meet the eligibility requirements set forth in the regulations. Basically, a private pilot applicant needs to be at least 17 years old, able to read, speak and understand English, successfully complete the flight training requirements and the knowledge exam.
In the end, a private pilot applicant will need to pass a practical exam that consists of a verbal exam and a flight test.
(If you already have a student pilot certificate, recreational pilot certificate, or sport pilot certificate, you can skip to step 3.) Otherwise, you'll begin by obtaining a student pilot certificate (and typically an aviation medical certificate at the same time).