The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours
of logged flight time to be eligible to take your Private Pilot
Exam. However, the number of logged flight hours is not the determining
factor. You must be a safe and proficient pilot in order to pass
the exam! Nationwide, most pilots are able to finish their flight
training with around 60-70 hours of logged flight time. Here on
Long Island, we are in some of the nation's busiest airspace, so
it would be wise to set your expectations in line with the national
When considering you must acheive a certain proficiency, it is clear
that the more regularly you schedule Flight Lessons, the faster
you will learn to fly! In a perfect world, you would take one flying
lesson every day, have perfect weather, and be finished in six weeks.
We understand this is not an option for most people!
All of our courses are self paced. Over the years, we have
had clients that were able to fly every day and finish in a few
weeks. However, the majority of our clients come out for 1 lesson
every week. Learning to fly is not like riding a bicycle - there
is always a bit of regression between lessons. We have created a
number of tools on our website designed to help you retain what
you learn each lesson, and to help minimize regression between lessons.
our Student Pilot Tools)
On average, if you schedule 1 flying
lesson per week, and study really hard to prepare for each lesson,
it will likely take you at least 1 year to become proficient enough
to be a safe pilot and pass the required practical exam. If you
can manage a second or third lesson each week, the time it will
take you will be greatly reduced!
Other important factors that affect
how long it takes to learn to fly:
- Personal Skill Level
- Personal Study habits
- Free time available to study between flight lessons