Flying solo in an airplane has always been a life long dream for some, while for others it may eventually lead to a rewarding career. If you have always been fascinated by flying then you will know that getting a private pilot certification brings you one step closer to making your dreams come true.

Unless you are interested in flying ultralight vehicles, which you don’t need a pilot’s license for, the types of pilot’s license you should get depends on the aircraft you intend to fly.

There are several types of licenses available, from Student Pilot to ATP (linked to Flight Training Page), each with different privileges and limitations, eligibility, training, experience, and testing requirements.

We shall talk briefly about the private pilot license in this first blog entry, what you need to know about the private pilot certification, and how Pray Aviation can help you get your rating with the highest quality training.

Why get certified?

Students must take flight lessons and get assessed in terms of both knowledge and skill levels before they can get a certification in any field. Becoming a pilot is certainly no exception to this.

And even though flying is just as safe as any other mode of transportation, an aspiring pilot who does not have the necessary competency level to fly and land his airplane safely not only endangers himself but others on the ground as well.

It is imperative for students to be properly assessed for their knowledge and skill level before they can get their stamp of approval and be deemed competent enough to fly an airplane by themselves.

Do I need to get a Student Pilot license?

Yes, you do. You must have a Student Pilot license before going for the private pilot license.

Do I need to pass a written examination?

Yes, you do. The private pilot rating requires a written examination before you begin flight training. This exam covers the basics of flying from weather, navigation, to regulations that govern pilots. Pray Aviation, with our partners, can help you arrange for your written examination to be taken at a center nearest to you.

What is the best way to prepare for the written examination?

The best way to prepare for the test is to utilize one of the study guides, which you can purchase online. We highly recommend Sheppard Air. They guarantee you a 90% or your money back!

How old do I have to be to get a Private Pilot certificate.

You must be at least 17 years old, however, you are allowed to take the private pilot written test when you are 15 years old.

How many lessons must I take before I can become a Private Pilot?

You must clock at least 40 hours of flight time but generally there are no fixed number of lessons you should take before you get your private pilot licenses because the flight instructor must make sure that you are able to perform certain manoeuvres. There could also be long wait times between your separate lessons that will factor into the total time you require before you can get your private pilot license.

Our aim in Pray Aviation is to help you make the transition as soon as possible while not cutting corners on training quality. Our lessons are rigorous, and we expect students to come ready to take the written examination on Day 1. This helps our students progress faster and cuts down on wasted time.

After you complete the written exam, you begin ground school and flight training with a flight instructor.

What is it like training with Pray Aviation?

You will learn how to safely take off and land an aircraft in the beginning phase of your flight training. Once our instructor deems you safe, you will conduct your first “Solo” flight.
After you complete your solo flight, we move on to cross country flight training as well as flight manoeuvres to better enhance your skills as an aviator.

The pace will quicken after your solo and you can typically expect to fly at least 3 hours a day. Coupled with ground schools, an average day will last between 4-5 hours until your check ride.

Pray Aviation is not your typical flight school and we strive to complete your entire training within 2-3 weeks. By utilizing this training method, you save time and money from not having to relearn tasks you would forget by taking one to two weeks off of flying.


We hope we have covered the important items that an aspiring flight student should take note of. Another thing that students should keep in mind is that all the examination and medical costs are borne by the students themselves.

Pray Aviation, with our emphasis on Accelerated Flight Training, cuts wasted time so that you can have more time to go over your manoeuvres with our instructors. We can provide you with the total immersion needed for you to succeed in your private pilot certification.
We hope we have answered your questions, if there’s anything we missed out please do not hesitate to drop us an email!