Elkins Pilots Club

Rules & Regulations

Licensing Requirements

The Federal Aviation Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation lists licencing requirements in Federal Aviation Regulation, Part 61.  Highlights of those regulations include the following:

61.109 Airplane Rating: Aeronautical Experience

An applicant for a private pilot certificate with an airplane rating must have had at least a total of 40 hours of flight instruction and solo time which must include the following:

(a) Ten hours of flight instruction from an authorized flight instructor, including at least --
(1) Three hours of cross country;
(2) Three hours at night, including 10 takeoffs and landings for applicants seeking night flying privileges; and
(3) Three hours in airplanes in preparation for the private pilot flight test within 60 days prior to that test.

(b) Twenty hours of solo flight time, including at least:

(1) Ten hours in a single-engine airplane.
(2) Five hours of cross-country flights, each flight with a landing at a point more than 50 nautical miles from the original departure point, including one flight of at least 150 nautical miles total distance with one segment of at least 50 nautical miles between the takeoff and landing locations.
(3) Three solo takeoffs and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower.

ß 61.103 Eligibility requirements: General.

To be eligible for a private pilot certificate, a person must --

(a) Be at least 17 years of age...
(b) Be able to read, speak, and understand the English language...
(c) Hold at least a current third-class medical certificate issued under part 67 of this chapter...
(d) Pass a written test on the subject areas on which instruction or home study is required by ß 61.105;
(e) Pass an oral and flight test on procedures and maneuvers selected by an FAA inspector or examiner to determine the applicant's competence in the flight operations on which instruction is required by the flight proficiency provisions of ß 61.107; and
(f) Comply with the sections of this part that apply to the rating he seeks.