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College of Liberal Arts - Louisiana Tech University

Department of
Professional Aviation

Private Pilot Information

  1. Flight Training
  2. Private Pilot
  3. Instrument Rating
  4. Commercial Pilot
  5. Certificated Flight Instructor
  6. Multi-Engine Rating
  7. Other Advanced Ratings
  8. Important Files

Requirements for the Private Pilot Certificate

Minimum Flight Times

The time required for the Private Pilot Certificate is typically about 10 months, but we have had students start and finish in as little as six weeks. Flight training can begin concurrently with your initial ground school course (PRAV 101). However, cost considerations and student schedule considerations may necessitate that the training be spread over three full quarters. Flying at a rate of 3-5 flights per week would allow attainment of the private license in a 5-month period. However, personal schedules, weather cancellations, work schedules and financial considerations usually become a factor. There is an advantage to taking your flight lessons concurrently with PRAV-101 and PRAV-102, since the ground school and flight training tend to compliment each other and speed the student's progress.