Sierra Charlie Aviation

How Long Does It Take to Train to Be a Pilot? 2018-06-26T02:30:33+00:00

How Long Does It Take to Train to Be a Pilot?

Interested in how long it takes to train to be a pilot? Sierra Charlie Aviation can help. Watching the earth roll by from several thousand feet in the air is a unique experience, and we can help you accomplish it in an accelerated timeframe.

Sierra Charlie Aviation is a certified Cessna Pilot Center (CPC), a specially selected flight school that represents top-quality, professional flight training in brand new Cessna 172 Skyhawks that are G1000 equipped and coupled with GFC700 autopilot.

We are honored to have been selected as one of the top flight schools in the country by The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the world’s largest aviation association, as evidence of our high standard of accomplishment in flight training.

Sierra Charlie Aviation currently provides flight training under the authority of Federal Aviation Regulations (or FAR) Part 61. Unlike a FAR Part 141 program, we can customize your training schedule to fit around your work/school schedule, and your instructor can rearrange the lesson content and sequence of the program to enable you to complete your training faster.

Minimum Logged Flight Hours by Certification

There are several different types of pilot certificates, and it’s important to understand the differences and how many hours of logged flight time are required if you intend to take flying lessons.

Sport Pilot: A sport pilot certificate is meant for pilots who wish to fly for fun in “light sport” aircraft only. You can fly yourself and one passenger in daylight hours in good weather below 10,000 feet. The FAA requires 20 hours of logged training time for this certificate.

Recreational Pilot: As a recreational pilot, you can carry one passenger in single-engine aircraft of 180 horsepower or less with up to four seats. You can fly below 10,000 feet during daylight hours in good weather and must stay within 50 nautical miles of your home airport. This certificate requires at least 30 hours of logged flight time.

Private Pilot: The most popular certificate is the private pilot certificate. It allows you to do much more than sports or recreational pilots, including fly at night and at controlled airports. Part 61 training requires minimum logged flight time of 40 hours, while Part 141 requires only 35 hours. The national average is 60 to 75 hours, however, so the difference is inconsequential for most students.

Instrument Pilot: Once you complete your private pilot license, you can add an instrument rating. This rating is required in order to operate under instrument flight rules as well as in Class A airspace (above 18,000 feet).  The FAA has set the minimum requirement for the instrument rating to 40 hours of simulated and actual instrument flying conditions.

Commercial Pilot: The commercial pilot certificate allows you to be paid for your flying services. You’ll be required to have more knowledge about professional flight operations. Recent changes to FAA regulation allow training received in Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA), like our Cessna 172 Skyhawks, to replace the need for training in a complex aircraft. This license requires a minimum of 250 hours with sub-requirements for both single and multi-engine aircraft.

Airline Transport Pilot (ATP): Pilots who want to fly for scheduled airlines are required to have the ATP certificate. Typically, you will need 1,500 hours of logged flight time and a college degree.

Sierra Charlie Aviation can provide more information on how long it takes to train to be a pilot and about our accelerated flight training program in Scottsdale, AZ. Call us today at (480) 474-4115 to get started!