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Pilot Certification

There are several levels of pilot certification ranging from Student Pilot to Airline Transport Pilot. Added to a pilot certificate are ratings for flying in bad weather, operation of multi-engine airplanes and flight instruction. The first certificate a pilot is issued is the Student Pilot certificate, which is then followed by the Private Pilot certificate upon successful completion of primary flight training.
Student Pilot Certificate
The FAA does not specify a minimum age for taking flight lessons. However, to solo an airplane, the student must have a student pilot certifcate. To obtain a student pilot certificate, the student must be at least 16 years old and pass a Class III medical examination given by an Aviation Medical Examiner. A student pilot certificate must be obtained prior to your first solo flight.
Private Pilot Certificate
To be eligible for a private pilot certificate, you must be at least 17 years old and have a minimum of 40 hours of flight experience. You are also required to pass the FAA private pilot written examination, which consists of 60 questions. A grade of 70% is passing. You are also required to pass a practical flight test with an FAA designated examiner or an FAA examiner.

Initial Private Pilot Certificate (Standard C172SP Single-Engine Land):

- 25 Hrs Dual 2005 Cessna 172SP
- 15 Hrs Solo 2005 Cessna 172SP
- 2 Hrs Dual Elite RC-1 Simulator
- Private Written (Paid directly to CATS) - Jeppesen Private Pilot Prep Kit
- Cessna Standardization Manual

The approximate cost is $13,000. Price varies based on flight hours flown, equipment used and ground training.
Commercial Pilot Certificate
To fly for hire, a pilot must have a commercial pilot certificate. The applicant must be at least 18 years of age, hold a Class II medical certificate, and have logged 250 hours of flight time. You are also required to pass a written examination and a practical flight exam with an FAA designated examiner or an FAA examiner.
Airline Transport Pilot Certificate
To be eligible for an airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate, you must hold a commercial pilot certificate and have logged at least 1,500 hours as a pilot. You are also required to pass a written examination and a practical flight test with an FAA designated examiner or an FAA examiner.
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Instrument Rating
An instrument rating allows a pilot to fly into weather that a private pilot operating under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) would not be able to enter due to low visibility or flight into clouds with no reference to the horizon. Most private pilots continue right on to the instrument rating after they pass the private pilot checkride.

To be eligible for an instrument rating, you must have a private pilot certificate, 50 hours of cross country experience and 40 hours of instrument experience.

Instrument Rating (Standard C172SP Single-Engine Land):

- 35 Hrs Ground Instruction
- 20 Hrs Dual Cessna 172SP
- 20 Hrs Dual Elite RC-1 Simulator
- 10 Hrs Pre/Post Instruction
- Jeppesen Instrument Pilot Prep Kit
The approximate cost is $8,000. Price varies based on flight hours flown, equipment used and ground training.
Multi-Engine Rating
To be eligible for an a multi-engine rating one must hold either a private pilot or commercial certificate and complete training in a multi-engine airplane with multi-engine flight instructor (MEI) onboard. There is no hourly requirement or written examination, however you must pass a checkride with an FAA designated examiner or FAA examiner.

1. Rating: 10 hours (4 days) ......................

2. Rating: 15 hours (5 days) ......................

3. MEI: 6 hours (2 days) ..........................

4. MEI: 15 hours (5 days) .........................

5. ATP: 6 hours (2 days) ..........................

Prices include training in the Beechcraft Duchess and are subject to change without notice. *Fuel surcharges apply.
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Flight Instructor
To become a flight instructor, you must be at least 18 years old and hold a commercial pilot certificate. You must also pass an FAA Certified Flight Instructor written examination and complete a practical test with an FAA examiner.

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