Private Pilots License

The Private Pilots License (PPL) is an aspiring pilots first step towards their goal of becoming a pilot . Our flight school provides you the foundational knowledge and skills needed during flight training to obtain your pilots license at your pace. Once you get your pilots license, you’ll be able to fly an airplane day and night in visual flight conditions. Bring your friends, family, and co-workers and share the operating expenses to make great experiences come to life!

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Flight School Training Courses

Part 61:
Single Engine Airplane Rating

Florida Sky Aviation is the newest flight training facility to grace the grounds of St. Pete/Clearwater International Airport (PIE).

Our unique style of training is designed with convenience and flexibility in mind.

For many, the thought of enrolling in a Tampa Flight School is a daunting under-taking, requiring a stringent commitment of time. This leaves the dreams of soaring to new heights in aviation to the select few who have nothing but time on their hands. Unfortunately, this scenerio doesn’t apply to the vast majority of would-be Aviators. At Florida Sky Aviation, our approach is a little different. Our passion for aviation has led us to design a way of making the dream of becoming a pilot obtainable by anyone who’s interested.

How do we do it? Our Tampa Bay Aviation Training method allows you to reserve your Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and reserve your flight-training airplane when, and ONLY when, you have time to do it. There’s no forced schedule; you fly and learn at YOUR own pace.

We also stock all of the necessary curriculum in our brick-and-mortor book store, which allows you to tackle your ground school at home. Should you find yourself needing a bit of one-on-one assistance understanding certain flight training concepts, you can schedule time on-site to sit down with your CFI for some formal ground training.

Learning to fly has never been easier.

Our Aircraft Fleet

Our fleet of two Piper Archers II are operated and maintained to the highest level of safety and are proud to offer our planes for private pilot training and aircraft rentals.

Piper Archer II

Single Engine Training Aircraft

Single Engine Training Requirements

Part 61:
Single Engine Airplane Rating

Part 61

For a Single Engine Airplane Rating:

Total Time : 40 hours which consists of at least:

Medical : Click Here to Apply for a Medical Certificate

With Instructor (CFI onboard):

20 hours of flight training with an instructor on the Private Pilot areas of operation that includes:

3 hours of cross-country flight training in a single engine airplane;

3 hours of night flight training in a single engine airplane, that includes at least-

1 cross-country flight of over 100 nm. total distance; and

10 takeoffs and 10 landings with each involving a flight in the traffic pattern.

3 hours of flight training by reference to instruments in a single engine airplane.

3 hours of flight training in a single engine airplane within the preceding 60 days prior to the practical test.

Solo :

10 hours of solo flying in a single engine airplane on the Private Pilot areas of operation, that includes:

5 hours of solo cross-country flying;

1 solo cross-country flight of at least 150 nm. total distance with 3 points and one segment of at least 50 nm. between takeoff and landings; and

3 takeoffs and landings at a St. Pete/Clearwater airport.

What can you expect?

The Private Pilot course is the first course taken by new student pilots. Florida Sky Aviation values the importance of a solid foundation while remaining affordable.

We offer one-on-one flight training in a classroom environment providing all of the necessary ground-school to prepare you for your written, oral and practical flight tests.

Students learn basic aerodynamics and FAA regulations. Furthermore, you learn about aircraft weight balance and aircraft performance. You learn this in the classroom and during flight simulator training. Flight lessons within the PPL course include aircraft maneuvers and procedures required for your solo flight. You’ll also conduct a daytime cross-country flight. As an FAA-rated flight school, our training ensures ACS (Airman Certification Standards) for all students.

Once you complete the Private Pilot course, you’ll have extensive aeronautical experience. As a result, you can apply for your FAA Private Pilot Certificate (PPL). This is the first step to becoming a Professional Pilot.

All Private Pilot training flights are conducted in new Technological Advanced Aircraft (TAA). Furthermore, our aircraft are equipped with WAAS-capable instrument-certified GPS. We are proud to offer pilot training using the tried and tested Piper Archer II. This is one of the safest aircraft ever built.

A Look Inside the Cockpit

See what it’s like to climb inside of a Piper Archer II.

Climb into a 1978 Piper Archer II. A single engine plane with room for 4! Feel the engine pull the plane as you head down the runway and take off over Tampa Bay Area! For about 45 mins, you will get to know what it’s like to be a pilot as you climb over the ocean and shorelines and experience the stunning view of Saint Petersburg, Clearwater, and Tampa Bay Areas. This Discovery flight is the only way to really appreciate the freedom of the skies without being a certified pilot.

Frequently Asked Questions

I want to become a pilot, what are the basic requirements?

Any age to train. 16 years old to solo. 17 years old to get a license.

What is the minimum age for obtaining a private pilot certificate?

17 years old.

How soon until I actually fly the plane.

On the first lesson, you will be behind the controls of the airplane.

What is required for my medical physical?

Visit MedExpress to view the requirements.
We have a local Doctor that we endorse to schedule an appointment.

How long will it take to earn my pilots certificate?

This is based on time. You can get it as early as 30 days but on average it takes about 6-9 months based on time availability, and budget.

How many hours do I have to fly before I fly solo?

This is an ability driven task with no standard hour requirement. However, people can solo in as little as 15 hours if they show competency. There is no hour requirement for that. Solo flight is determined on ability.

Do you provide ground school lessons?

Yes, ground school lessons are available. Click here to view more information about our ground school pricing and schedules.

Do I need to be a pilot to purchase a plane?


What are the requirements for renting an aircraft at FL Sky Aviation?

For aircraft rentals, individuals must have a pilots license, a current 3rd class medical certificate, proof of citizenship, and a current bi-annual flight review.

After the PPL, What’s next?

For many, obtaining a private pilot license is often a dream of ours from early childhood, but now that you’re an adult, have you considered the thousands of possibilities that open up to you regardless of your lifestyle? Want to visit new terrain for the day? Go for a sunset night cruise? Make traveling to business meetings more fun? There’s ton of new ways you can experience your routines with your newly earned wings.

  • Plan trips and go explore or unwind after work or on the weekends.
  • Bring friends and gain experiences with them as a co-pilot.
  • Learn new aircraft types.
  • Fly the night skies and experience the new look.
  • Aerial Photography (don’t forget the selfies!).
  • Participate in the general aviation community and attend BBQ Fly-ins and other fun get togethers!
  • Attend business meetings in a more timely manner, at your own schedule. 
  • Fly out of town for dinner.
  • Fly out to the mountains or beach for the weekend.
  • Low level flying over beaches and other scenic areas.
  • Learn acrobatic maneuvers.
  • Challenge yourself, while having fun learning new skills.
  • Become a flight instructor.
  • Visit aviation festivals.
  • Build your confidence.
  • Join a flying club
  • Restore vintage aircraft as a passion project
  • Provide charity services such as pet rescue flights, or disaster relief.
  • Provide discovery flights for kids
  • Search and rescue operations

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