Private Pilot Training

Earning your Private Pilot Certificate.

The Private Pilot Certificate (sometimes loosely referred to as a “Private Pilot License” or “PPL”) is the first certificate a pilot generally obtains. Whether you’re intending to fly recreationally or professionally, aspiring pilots need to start somewhere. While the process of learning to fly can seem overwhelming at first glance, Vegas Aviation’s instructors are here to guide you every step of the way.  

The process of learning to fly can be broken into four distinct stages: Discovery Flight, Pre-Solo Training, Cross-Country/Solo Training, and Checkride Preparation. 

The First Step – The Discovery Flight

The first step to earning a Private Pilot Certificate is to go on a Discovery Flight. The Discovery Flight (often called an introductory flight) is a 30 minute flight that allows prospective pilots to become acquainted with the airplane, the airport, as well as being in the air. This also is a great opportunity to talk with an instructor and ask questions about the process!

Pre-Solo Training

Students in pre-solo training learn the basics of preparing the aircraft for flight, performing takeoffs, landings, and basic flight maneuvers, as well as learning the aeronautical knowledge subject areas required for solo flight. After mastering these skills, students are then authorized by their instructors for their first solo flight. 

Cross-Country & Solo Training

During the Cross-Country & Solo Stage, students learn how to plan and perform cross-country flights to nearby airports with their instructors, while also continuing to perform solo flights to build confidence and solidify their skills. After demonstrating proficiency in performing cross-country flights with their instructors, the students then complete their solo cross-country flights. It is also during this time that students are introduced to night operations.

The Federal Aviation Administration defines a cross-country flight as any flight that includes a landing that is a straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure. 

The Checkride Preparation Stage

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