The destination ahead
Become a private pilot in as little as 40 hours of flight time, and get ready to fly for fun. Learn how to fly a single-engine, land-class airplane on a noncommercial basis from a qualified instructor and take your friends and family on cross-country trips. Private pilot requirements include completing coursework, passing a ground examination and check ride, and flying solo.
What you’ll learn through the private pilot certificate program
- Flight maneuvers
- Takeoffs and landings
- Cross-country flight planning
Learning doesn’t get more innovative than this.
At Lynn University, we embrace technology by encouraging our students to engage with course content through iPads, and our professors can develop custom course materials.
Private pilot certificate program
In order to meet the private pilot requirements, students of the private pilot certificate program must complete the 6 credit hours of these two courses (3 credit hours each):
AVM 120 Primary Flight Theory and Training, Solo - 3 credits: Learn both the theory and the practical skills you need to fly solo in a single-engine, land-class plane.
AVM 121 Primary Flight Theory and Training, PPL - 3 credits: Become fully prepared to take the FAA written, oral and flight training exams needed to obtain your PPL—private pilot license. Requirements for the Private Pilot Certificate include:
- Obtaining a visa if you are an international student
- Passing a medical exam
- Being at least 17 years old when you complete the certification
Private pilot careers
If you decide to pursue a career in aviation, your private pilot certificate is the first step in doing that. As a private pilot, you can fly your friends and family around the county, state or country.
You may also choose to continue your education and get the advanced qualifications you need in order to get paid for your piloting services. Advanced certification options include:
- Commercial pilot certificate
- Boeing B727 familiarization certificate
- Professional pilot certificate
- Airline transport pilot certificate
Or earn your B.S. in aviation management and qualify for specialist, coordinator and management roles, such as:
- Air traffic controller
- Private or commercial pilot
- Information or HR specialist
- Corporate manager
- Airport manager