What is a Private Pilot License?
A Private Pilot License (PPL) is a type of pilot certificate that allows an individual to fly an aircraft for personal reasons, such as leisure or travel. This license is the most common type of fixed-wing pilot license and is the standard starting point for anyone who wants to become a professional pilot.
To obtain a PPL, your student will complete a certain number of hours of flight training, pass a written exam, and demonstrate their flying skills to a certified flight instructor.
The training typically includes both ground school and flight training, where the student learns the basic principles of flight, navigation, and aircraft control. Here at Rising Aviation, students will cover these ground principles during their freshman and sophomore years. Then they will begin the flying portion during their junior year.
Once they’ve completed their training and passed the exams, they’re able to fly solo and take passengers with them. However, they cannot fly for commercial purposes or receive compensation for their piloting services.
What’s Included in the Pilot Pathway Program?
Rising Aviation’s students who pursue the Pilot Pathway Program will be set up to earn their PPL by the time they graduate high school. The program covers all of the steps and requirements of earning a Private Pilot’s License, including:
- Obtaining a Student Pilot’s Certificate
- Classes & materials to study for the FAA Private Pilot Written Exam
- Obtaining Logbook Endorsements from Flight Instructors to be able to complete Flight Training
- Completing 40+ hours of Flight Training
- Obtaining a third class medical certificate from an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME)
- Passing a Check Flight with an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner
Students in this program will begin working towards earning their PPL at the age of 16, when they are eligible to obtain a Student Pilot Certificate — the first step in learning to fly.
To learn more about the other requirements and process of earning a Private Pilot’s License, check out our article: “How Can A Teenager Get Their Pilot License?“
Rising Aviation’s Fixed Wing Pilot’s License Program Timeline
At the beginning of a Rising Aviation student’s junior year they will choose to pursue either the Private Pilot Pathway Program or the Drone Pilot Pathway Program. If they pursue the Private Pilot Pathway this is what they will do each year.
During their junior year of the Private Pilot Pathway they will cover pilot and aircraft qualifications, principles of flight, aerodynamics, safety procedures and more.
At the end of the course students will be prepared for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Private Pilot written exam. At which time they may begin their practical flight training.
During their senior year, private pilot pathway students will study advanced aviation topics and explore career options, including instrument flight, commercial aviation, and advanced aircraft systems.
They’ll also study the future of the aerospace industry and learn about business development opportunities in aviation.
Then students will conduct research in preparation for their capstone project in the second semester.
The Benefits of Your Teen Having a Private Pilot’s License
In addition to the career benefits of your teen having a STEM-related High School Diploma, obtaining a Private Pilot License before graduating is a huge boost on a resume for anyone going into the aviation industry – regardless of if they are interested in a career as a fixed-wing pilot, drone pilot, charter operation and management, or another career in aviation.
The PPL is the foundation for all future aircraft pilot training and provides you with the necessary knowledge and skill to move on to more advanced pilot’s licenses, such as a Commercial Pilots License (CPL) or an Airline Transport Pilots License (ATPL).