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