Finishing your flight training or Learning to fly can be a dream from childhood or a mid-life goal. Learn to FlyFlight training requirements can be difficult to understand. This video breaks down the minimums and sheds light on what you need to do to become a private pilot. Learn hour requirements, basic definitions, cost, and most importantly, how to save money on your flight training. Learn to fly below!

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What Does It Take To Fly Airplanes?

Hi and welcome to MzeroA’s video podcast. Episode number 19: Learn to fly– What does it take? I am your host, Jason Schappert. I’ve helped literally dozens of students’ dreams take flight. Learning to fly can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can do. You can travel wherever you want to go, partake in so many events. Learning to fly is an awesome experience. In today’s lessons, we’re going to talk about the basic requirements of what it takes to get your private pilot’s certificate.

What are we waiting for? Let’s watch the video.

Learn to fly. So what exactly does it take to fly airplanes? In this video, that’s exactly what we’re gonna talk about.

First step, let’s start with the basics. The first thing you have to be at least 16 years old at the time of solo. Some of my students have even soloed on their 16th birthday. You have to be 17 years old to take a checkride and be able to pass at least a 3rd class medical exam. What are these terms solo, checkride, and medical all mean? Let’s take a closer look at it.

What does the word Solo mean? A solo is simply your first flight without your instructor. Usually, they structure them in a sense you’ll do 3 touch and go landings, or 3 landings… and that’s basically your solo. You don’t go off too far, usually you just do your landings and that’s what a solo is.

What about a checkride? A checkride is your final examination. It’s usually done with an FAA-designated instructor, or designated examiner. It’s the final test, they can ask you anything: any maneuver you’ve learned, any piece of knowledge you should know, they can ask and they determine whether you get your private pilot certificate or not.

What is a medical? A medical is simply a piece of paper that also acts as your student pilot certification. There are three classes of medical: there’s first, second and third class, third being the lowest. They do basic things like check your blood pressure, check eyesight, do a color-blind test. All these things are conducted in a medical.

Next let’s take a look at our flight training requirements, specifically the hour requirements. First off, you have to have a minimum of 40 hours. Now, let me be the first to break it to you, but I’ve never had a student who made a private pilot certificate in just 40 hours. That’s something that is just unheard of. Usually students complete them in around 50 to 60 hours tends to be more the national average. But within this minimum of 40 hours, you have to have 20 hours of instruction from a certified flight instructor, 10 solo hours — 10 hours by yourself — 5 cross-country solo hours. Now cross-country is simply a flight from one point to another with a 50 nautical mile leg, in between an airport to another airport that’s 50 nautical miles. That’s solo by yourself.

3 hours of cross-country flight instruction meaning 3 hours of cross country instruction with an instructor, So flying an instructor beyond 50 nautical miles. 3 instrument flight hours, being under the hood or maybe do some actual instrument training in the clouds. This is specifically on reference to the instruments.

You also need 3 hours of night flight. So 3 hours flying around after sunset and 3 hours of test prep which is usually fairly easy for students to get.

What about the costs? The cost is something big, and something I really push. I did a great post, actually that’s where the picture came from with money flying out of the airplane. The post is called “How to Save Money on your Flight Training.” And there’s a link to this if you’re watching in on Youtube in the description or if you’re watching this on the website there’s a link at the bottom for “How to Save Money on your Flight Training.” The big thing is: frequency, how often you’re flying, the more you fly, the more money it saves you. Also, your study habits. Are you willing to work from home? You can’t simply rely on your instructor to feed you everything; some things you have to learn on your own. Typically, a private pilot certificate can cost anywhere from 5000 to 6000 dollars, and even more than that. It depends on what kind of airplane you fly and depends like we said the frequency and your study habits.

Like I said, in the YouTube description or down beneath this video from is a link: How to Save Money on your Flight Training. It’s an awesome post and I recommend you read it. It can save you thousands of dollars on your flight training.

That’s all I have for you this week. Hopefully, this video has taught you what it takes to fly airplanes. Specifically, what it takes if you want to learn to fly. For more great videos, be sure to visit and remember, a good pilot is always learning. See ya!

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