THE PATH TO BECOMING A PRIVATE PILOT
The path to obtaining your private pilot certificate is a combination of FAA regulations, Testing, and flying. To make sure you are aware of all the requirements and the time commitment needed, we recommend you set up an appointment with Hangar 9 Aviation and spend time with our staff reviewing the details. Then we can develop a schedule with you to insure you meet your objective. There will be no charge for this meeting.
- Be at least 17 years of age at the time of completion
- Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English
- Provide proof of citizenship
TSA requires a valid US Passport or Original US Birth Certificate or Naturalization Document and a Government Issued Photo ID (drivers license) to be presented to the flight school
- Pass a medical exam by an FAA designated AME (Aviation Medical Examiner).
You will need to fill out the FAA Medical Form 8500-8 on-line and bring the ID number with you to the examination. The form is found at https://medxpress.faa.gov.
Local AME’s are: Dr. James Goetz at 304.528.4638 in Huntington, Dr. Joseph Matusic at 304.343.1863 and Dr. Ralph Smith at 304.344.0349 in Charleston.
- Pass a written knowledge test
- Fly a minimum of 40 hours; 20 dual (with an instructor), 10 solo (by yourself), and 10 either dual or solo as needed
- Pass a practical test (flight test) after completing the requirements above
Hangar 9 Aviation offers several options to insure you pass the written test including; self paced on-line study, class room study in conjunction with flight training, or one-on-one mentoring. Your flight training will follow a training syllabus that insures you will meet the FAA practical test requirements. We have five instructors and on-line scheduling to help you fly when you have the time.