What does it takes to obtain a private pilot license and what can I do with it:
TSA requirements are the same as for the FirstLesson. Look at this page
Each rating has a defined list of requirements for it, both in experience, skills and knowledge.
The requirements for the airplane private pilot are listed in “private pilot ACS”
You can download this document (private pilot ACS) from the faa website: https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/acs/media/private_airplane_acs_6a.pdf
All the books required to study for the knowledge can be obtain for free from the FAA website:
A medical examination has to be completed prior to soloing:
You have to complete it with an FAA medical examiner, called AME.
A list of medical examiner (AME) can be obtain from this link:
The flight training is basically built around learning and experience blocks.
Here is a simplified list of the basic blocks:
The pre-solo phase, with flight maneuvers, take offs and landings, emergencies
Solo phase with local flights
Advanced take offs and landings
Dual cross country flights
Solo cross country flights
A checkride with an FAA flying examiner
You will also need to pass an FAA written test at an approved testing site:
Knowledge test guide:
How to find a testing center:
Time and cost to obtain a private pilot license:
It really varies from person to person, depending on prior knowledge, experiences, age...
The common "thing" which makes some pilot complete their training and others dropping out is sticking with it! That's it... just gotta stick with it, study and practice...
The lengh of time depends on how often you fly and how much time you dedicate to it. A good pace, is to have one to two lessons a week. To really make progress, someone should really fly at least twice a month.
The average cost of a single dual lesson is $240.00-$300.00 and a single solo lesson $155.00-$200.00