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Travel on Your Own Terms: Become a Private Pilot

Are you looking to experience the thrill of flying and the freedom of exploring the skies on your own terms? Gleim Aviation can guide you through the steps to achieve your dream. Becoming a private pilot can open up a whole new world of opportunities.

Is the Private Pilot Certificate Right for Me?

It’s not too challenging to earn your private pilot certificate. Many might consider learning to fly beyond their capability or budget, but it is not as complex, time-consuming, or expensive as generally believed. If you can ride a bicycle or drive a car, you can likely fly an airplane.

Obtaining your private pilot license (certificate) allows you to fly an airplane and carry passengers and baggage. Although operating expenses may be equally shared with your passengers, you may not fly for compensation or hire as a private pilot. However, you can fly any airplane you are appropriately rated for to thousands of public airports, day or night.

If you plan to fly for fun or take the first step toward a career as a pilot, Gleim Aviation goes beyond preparing you to pass the required tests and helps you become a safe and competent pilot. The Gleim Aviation methodology provides coordinated training to make you a safer, more competent pilot in less time while reducing cost and frustration.

Am I Eligible to Become A Private Pilot?

To be eligible for a private pilot certificate, student pilots must:

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Be at least 17 years of age
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Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
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Receive an endorsement to sit for the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test
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Pass the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test
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Accumulate the flight experience hours and a receive an endorsement for the practical test
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Pass the practical test with an examiner and receive your Private Pilot Certificate!
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Fast track becoming a private pilot by passing the FAA knowledge test prior to completing your flight training. Gleim offers a variety of private pilot training materials including all-inclusive pilot kits, online courses, and books.

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Gleim Aviation kept its promise. I am an arts educator with no technical background. The platform Gleim uses to train pilots is perfect for career changers. No previous knowledge of aviation is necessary to get started with Gleim. Just as Gleim promised, I passed my FAA written for private pilot on the first attempt after just four weeks in the Gleim Online Ground School. Now, I’m excited to continue my journey with Gleim by adding an instrument rating.

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