Getting your private pilot certificate lets you explore your world in new and exciting ways. Ask yourself these questions to ensure you're fully ready to take on the challenges of private pilot training.


Do You Have the Time to Commit to Your Goal?

According to Federal Aviation regulations, private pilots need a minimum of 35 hours of training before seeking certification under Part 141, and a minimum of 40 hours of training under a Part 61. However, most new pilots need more than that. For the typical learner, it takes between 40 and 50 hours to collect enough knowledge and experience to earn a private pilot certificate.


Check your daily schedule. Do you have time to finish your training in a reasonable timeframe? If you can't find the time to finish your training in about a month, it may be better to wait until some of your other obligations have been fulfilled.


Some flight schools offer expanded practice hours. With the right notice, you can get your flight hours in at any time of the day or night. This makes it easier for those with non-traditional schedules to complete their training quickly.


Are You Mentally Prepared?

Dreaming of flying your own aircraft and actually doing it are vastly different experiences. There are some personality traits that support the habits that make a superior pilot.

●        Can you stay calm in stressful situations? When things go wrong in the air, your frame of mind could make the difference between disaster and safety.

●        Are you comfortable in an authoritarian role? As the pilot, you need to take command of the actions of your passengers.

●        Are you ready to take on a new mental skill? Portions of your pilot training require a fair amount of academic-style learning.

Don't be apprehensive if it's been a while since you've been in a classroom. Private pilot training is created for working adults who want to learn the skills they need quickly and efficiently. Instructors can help you live your dream of being a private pilot.


What are Your Real Goals?

For some students, a private pilot certificate is a door to their own personal adventures. For others, it's a gateway to a new career or way of earning money. What do you plan to do with your private pilot certificate? If you plan to use your credentials as a tool to launch a commercial flight career, offer business services to the general public, or operate aircraft for non-profit organizations, then you will need to take your next step to get your instrument rating and your commercial pilot certificate.


Talk to the representatives at your chosen flight school. Be honest about your goals. They can help you decide which path is best for you.


Twin Cities Flight Training is a pilot training center in Blaine, MN. We offer a number of training paths to help you realize your dreams. Contact us to learn more about private pilot training in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, North Dakota, and South Dakota.