Learn to fly: Obtaining an FAA Private Pilot License (PPL)

All the information you need to know about the FAA PPL process from a qualified Private Pilot.
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

  • Are you thinking of learning to fly and obtaining your Private Pilot License but don't know what is involved in terms of cost, time and effort?
  • Have you already started the Private Pilot License process and are looking for tips, advice and resources to assist you on your way to earning your wings?
  • Are you preparing for any of the three Private Pilot License exams and want details on what to expect?

If you answer "yes" to one of the following questions then this course will be of interest to you.

Using recent personal experiences this course details what you need to know to get you started on the process to becoming a qualified FAA Private Pilot and what to expect from the main stages of the certification process.

What are the requirements?

  • Have an interest in learning to fly!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Have a great understanding of all the aspects involved in the Private Pilot License process.
  • Make informed decisions when choosing a flight school, instructor, medical examiner, etc.
  • Understand what to expect on your first flight lesson and how to prepare accordingly.
  • Know what equipment, reading material and study aids will greatly assist your learning.
  • Learn valuable insights about the examination process from my personal experiences.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course does not teach you how to fly, but instead provides an overview of what to expect along with insights and invaluable personal experiences.
  • Suitable for anyone with an interest in learning to fly.
  • Will be of benefit to anyone who is about to start (or already has started) the Private Pilot License process.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to the PPL process

Introduction to myself, flight experience and description of what to expect from this course.


Description of the prerequisites of the Private Pilot License process.


Overview of how PPL training works and what you will be examined on to get your license.


Details about how much time, effort and cost was spent getting my license.

Section 2: Choosing a flight school

Overview of the criteria you should use to select a flight school starting with its location.


Various costs and charges of the flight school you should take into consideration.


What to look for in your choice of instructor.


Things to consider in your choice of aircraft.


Description of the certification that your chosen flight school should have.


Other things to consider when selecting a flight school.

Section 3: Medical

Description of the types of medical available, where to go and what to expect.

Section 4: Equipment & Reading Material

Overview of all the equipment you should buy for the PPL process.


Details of reading material that will greatly assist you in your PPL process.

Section 5: Flight Training

What to expect from a typical flight lesson.


Details of the skills you will need to learn.


Learn what solo flight requirements are involved in the PPL process.


Description of the night flight requirements in the PPL training.

Section 6: Examination Process

The first exam! How to book an exam and what to expect!


The second exam. What to study and what to expect.


The big one! The practical flight test! An overview of the process.

Checkride Personal Experiences
Section 7: Questions

How to contact me if you have any further questions.

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Instructor Biography

Marc Weaver, Private Pilot

I was born and raised in Cambridge in the United Kingdom and have always been fascinated with aviation. Following my high school years, I earned a Masters degree in Manufacturing Engineering at University of Nottingham, which involved a work placement at the Rolls Royce jet engine facility in Derby.

Following my graduation I embarked on a successful IT consulting career which has resulted in living and working in London, Sydney and now New York. But my interest in aviation never disappeared.

On arrival in New York I finally took the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong ambition of learning to fly, which I achieved by earning my Private Pilot License in September 2013.

I regularly fly around the NYC area and can often be spotted flying friends or visiting family on Manhattan sightseeing flights along the Hudson river.

I want to share my flight learning experiences with other like minded people to make the process of earning their wings simpler and even more enjoyable.

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