If you're looking to become a pilot, there's quite a bit more involvement when compared to obtaining a driver's license. Given the amount of testing and confusion that can come with embarking on the journey of becoming a pilot, we're going to explain how one can obtain a private pilot certification without too much confusion.

Where to Begin

With private pilot certifications being the most popular certificates that young pilots pursue, we're going to focus on how to obtain such certification. Whether it be for sport or hobby, a private pilot certification is a great way to see if flying is something you'd like to do for a career. After earning your Private Pilot Certificate you decide to make aviation a career, your next step would be to earn your Instrument rating and work towards a Commercial Pilot Certificate, but that is something we will save for another blog topic.

Before you begin, you'll need to make sure you're eligible to even fly a plane. You can solo at the age of 16, which is the earliest age to start taking lessons. You'll need to be at least 17 years of age and be capable of reading, understanding, and speaking the English language to be able to take your flight test.

Student Pilot Certification

A student pilot certificate is something all students must have before they are able to solo. Your flight instructor will help you fill out the information on the FAA website to receive your Student Pilot Certificate. The next step is getting your medical certificate. This can be done through an Aviation Medical Examiner that could be your family’s doctor. Call your clinic to ask if there is an Aviation Medical Examiner on staff and if you could schedule an appointment. You can also check the FAA website for doctors in your area who are AMEs, and you can schedule with them.

This examination will require a physical that will check your hearing, vision, and mental health, as well as perform a drug screen and obtain any other information about your overall health. This information is gathered for you and the safety of everyone else flying, so it should be understood that high expectations are to be met before one pilots an airplane.

Find a Flight Instructor and Take the FAA Written Exam

We will get you set up with ground school and assign a flight instructor to you. Here at Twin Cities Flight Training, we blend ground school and flight training in our syllabus. In ground school you will learn the rules of the road and a whole new language full of the information you will need to succeed in the world of flying. In your first few flight training lessons, you will learn the basics such as takeoff, how to climb, how to descend, how to turn and the all-important, straight and level flight. The further along you get, you will be introduced to specialty takeoff and landings along with maneuvers that will help you put the aircraft in the piece of the sky you want and increase your confidence. Eventually, cross country flights, night flights and emergency situations are covered and all the time you will be working on your radio skills.


If you think this could be right for you, come in for a Discovery flight. Getting your Private Pilot Certificate is quite a commitment, but you'll be incredibly satisfied throughout the entire journey. Thankfully, Twin Cities Flight Training is here to help you with your piloting dreams. Contact us today for further information!