FAA Pilot Qualification Requirements
▪ Be at least 17 years of age (16 to solo aircraft)
▪ Be able to read, speak, and understand the English language
▪ Obtain at least a current third-class medical certificate
▪ Have logged the required training hours for the Private rating per FAA regulations
▪ Pass a written knowledge test as well as the oral/practical test
Flight training is more than textbook knowledge and passing a test. It is risk management, resource management, and aeronautical decision-making to ensure pilots fly safely and confidently.
Our training program focuses on these topics through a scenario-based approach to learning. Our students are taught to think as Pilot-in-Command from the very beginning and make decisions to determine the outcome of every flight.
Our professional flight instructors provide guidance and a safe environment for the student to practice evaluating and choosing the most appropriate course of action. Not only is this method of training proven to be more effective but most importantly, fun!
Click Here to see the Private Pilot Cost Sheet for an itemized cost of training. AFIs Private Pilot course is an FAA Part 141 program
FAA Medical Information
▪ Visit a local Aviation Medical Examiner to obtain a third class (Class III) medical. Visit https://www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator).
▪ Prior to your visit, most examiners require that you fill out the application found at https://medxpress.faa.gov
You MUST visit www.flightschoolcandidates.gov to submit a request for training approval. AFI cannot begin your training until after we receive approval from the TSA. AFI does NOT provide any sponsorships/visas.
Bring in any of the following documents to verify U.S. citizenship (please note that the TSA prohibits conducting any flight training until citizenship is verified, and photocopies of the documents cannot be accepted):
a) A current passport or passport card
b) An ORIGINAL or CERTIFIED copy of a government- or state-issued birth certificate (with raised seal/stamp) AND an unexpired government-issued photo I.D.
c) ORIGINAL certificate of citizenship (N-560 or N-561), repatriation (N-581), or naturalization (N-550 or N-570) with raised seal AND an unexpired government-issued photo I.D.