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Whether you seek to fly for fun or desire to become a Commercial or Airline Transport Pilot, Plane Simple can meet your needs. True to our mission, all of our lessons are tailored to you and your schedule. So whether you desire to train every day or twice a month, we have a program and plan personalized for you.
A private pilot certificate is like a driver's license. It allows you to fly anywhere in the United States and even outside the United States when you comply with regulations of the foreign country where the aircraft is operated. You can carry any number of passengers, and you can share certain operating expenses with your passengers. Although, there are currency and medical requirements to make sure you stay proficient and healthy, only a few other factors affect when and where you can fly. Once you earn your license, you are free to wander around in the skies below 18,000 feet above sea level to your heart's content. You might take the family on a trip to see relatives in a distant state or use an airplane to shorten the time it takes to make business trips to another city.
- Be at least 17 years of age to become licensed (no age requirement for flight training).
- Be able to read, speak, and understand the English language
- Obtain at least a current third-class medical certificate
- Receive a minimum of 40 hours of flight time including training and solo flight
- Pass a knowledge test as well as the practical test
A commercial pilot is very similair to a private pilot. You can still fly day or night and carry passengers but with the ability to make money in some cases. While there are still limitations on the way revenue can be generated, pilots aspriring to airline or corporate flight careers need to earn their commercial license.
Be able to read, write, and converse fluently in English.
Be at least 18 years of age.
Hold at least a current third-class FAA medical certificate. Later, if your flying requires a commercial pilot certificate, you must hold a second-class medical certificate.
Hold an instrument rating. A commercial pilot is presumed to have an instrument rating. If not, his/her commercial pilot certificate will be endorsed with a prohibition against carrying passengers for hire on day VFR flights beyond 50 NM or at night.
Pass a knowledge test with a score of 70% or better. The commercial pilot knowledge test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions selected from the airplane-related questions in the FAA's commercial pilot test bank.
Accumulate appropriate flight experience and instruction (see FAR 61.129). A total of 250 hours of flight time is required.
Successfully complete a practical (flight) test, which will be given as a final exam by an FAA inspector or designated pilot examiner; it will be conducted as specified in the FAA's Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards.