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 average.
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