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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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Created by Marc Weaver
Last updated 6/2015
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 22 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
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.
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  • Have an interest in learning to fly!
  • 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.

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.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 22 Lectures Collapse All 22 Lectures 01:55:39
Introduction to the PPL process
4 Lectures 08:10

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

Preview 01:33

Description of the prerequisites of the Private Pilot License process.

Preview 01:57

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

Preview 02:50

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

Preview 01:50
Choosing a flight school
6 Lectures 10:11

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

Preview 03:17

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

Cost of the flight school

What to look for in your choice of instructor.

Choosing your instructor

Things to consider in your choice of aircraft.

Choice of aircraft

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

Certification of the flight school

Other things to consider when selecting a flight school.

Other considerations
1 Lecture 02:53

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

Medical examination overview
Equipment & Reading Material
2 Lectures 09:12

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

Equipment to purchase

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

Reading Material to purchase
Flight Training
4 Lectures 16:56

What to expect from a typical flight lesson.

A typical lesson

Details of the skills you will need to learn.

PPL Skills

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

Solo Flight

Description of the night flight requirements in the PPL training.

Night Flight
Examination Process
4 Lectures 14:40

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

Written Exam

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

Oral Exam

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

Checkride Overview

Checkride Personal Experiences
1 Lecture 00:37

How to contact me if you have any further questions.

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About the Instructor
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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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