What are the requirements to take the private pilot check ride?

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  • What are the requirements to take the private pilot check ride? Lnafziger

    In the US, what are the requirements that a student pilot must demonstrate to their examiner before they can take a checkride for their private pilot airplane certificate?

  • I'm sure someone will post the exact regs, but as a stop-gap, from memory:

    • 40 hours (35 if the school is part 141) minimum total time
    • 20 hours dual instruction
    • 3 hours flight "by reference to instruments" (under the hood)
    • 5 hours solo cross country (50nm minimum between two points along each trip)
    • One solo 150nm XC flight with at least 3 airports (two of which must be at least 50nm apart)
    • 3 hours night flight (dual instruction)
    • One night XC (dual)
    • 10 night landings (full stop)
    • 3 hours of dual instruction explicitly for check ride prep, within 90 days of the check ride
    • Endorsements for the items above needing endorsements
    • An endorsement from a CFI stating the candidate is prepared for the check ride.

    Additionally, mine has a statement that my (part 61) CFI had seen my US passport (and its number) establishing proof that I am a US citizen, in accordance with 49 CFR 1552.3(A).

  • Mah explained everything very well.

    The non-flying requirements are:

    • Be at least 17 years old (14 years old for glider or balloon rating)
    • Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language
    • Obtain at least a third class medical certificate from an Aviation
    • Medical Examiner Pass a computerized aeronautical knowledge test
    • Pass an oral test and flight test administered by an FAA inspector, FAA-designated examiner, or authorized check instructor

    Source: Wikipedia

  • Regulations are somewhat different for different aircraft (airplane, helicopter, glider, etc). I'll assume the question asks about private pilot for single-engine land-based aircraft (SEL).

    For the United States, answer can be found in FAR §61 subpart E. Applicable sections are: 103(a),(c)-(j), 105, 107(a),(b)(1), 109(a).

    Reference: FAR §61, Subpart E

    Disclaimer: not a lawyer, just a humble student pilot navigating this gauntlet himself :-).

  • Private Pilot Airplane Single-Engine Checkride Requirements

    Eligibility Requirements (14 CFR 61.103)

    • Be at least 17 years of age for a rating in other than a glider or balloon
    • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
    • Instructor logbook endorsement certifying your aeronautical knowledge (14 CFR 61.105) and that you are prepared for the written test
    • Passed the written test
    • Instructor logbook endorsement certifying your flight proficiency (14 CFR 61.107)and that you are ready for the flight test
    • Log all required aeronautical experience (below)

    Aeronautical Experience (14 CFR 61.109):

    • 40 hours of flight time (35 for 141 schools) that includes:
      • 20 hours of dual instruction
      • 10 hours of solo flight training
    • 3 hours of cross-country dual
    • 3 hours of night dual (to get an unrestricted license) that includes:
      • 1 cross-country flight of over 100 nautical miles total distance
      • 10 takeoffs and 10 landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport
    • 3 hours of instrument dual
    • 3 hours of dual in preparation for the practical test within 2 calendar months
    • 10 hours of solo including
      • 5 hours of cross-country time
      • 1 150 NM solo cross country flight, with full-stop landings at three points and one segment of the flight consisting of a straight-line distance of more than 50 NM between the takeoff and landing locations
      • 3 takeoffs and 3 landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower

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