Private pilot license process for completion…

The high level process flow to become a student working towards your private pilot license through your commercial pilot license, consist of:

  • Come have a visit with our Director of Operations or Director of Admissions so we may get the following administrative tasks completed:
    • Complete a TCA Flight School Agreement
    • Provide a copy of your driver’s license
    • Provide either a copy of your birth certificate or U.S. passport (ensuring proper citizenship)
    • Complete a TCA waiver of liability
    • Receive TCA Rules & procedures
  • Pay for the Private Pilot kit, which includes all study materials and necessary equipment including headset, for training. Cost of kit is $440 plus tax.
  • Pay a deposit of $1,000 to be held through your private pilot training course, until such time as you start to solo and have your own renters’ insurance. This deposit may be used against solo hours at that point.
  • Payment for either first course if you are paying as you go or for first block of time (minimum 1 week).
  • Meet with your assigned flight instructor and start working out a manageable schedule for you both.
  • Complete your FAA Student Pilot Application with your Certified Flight Instructor – he is required to sign off on your receiving your license.
  • Complete the necessary FAA required medical examination and get a copy turned into TCA for your student file as soon as possible (definitely prior to starting solo).

Here is the high level process / journey to becoming a commercial pilot:

  • Complete the Private Pilot program
    1. Obtain at least a 3rd Class medical (2nd class if commercial)
    2. Minimum 40 hours flight time
      • 3 hours dual cross country
      • 3 hours dual night
      • 1 dual night cross country
      • 3 hours dual simulated instrument
      • 10 night landings
      • 3 hours prep for check ride
    3. Complete and pass written exam
    4. Complete pre-solo check flight
    5. Complete solo time required (10 hours)
      • 5 hours solo cross country
      • 1 solo long cross country (>150 NM)
      • 3 solo landings at towered airport
    6. Complete pre-check flight review
    7. FAA check Flight (You’re done!)
  • Complete Instrument Rating
    • Log at least 50 hours of cross country flight time as pilot in command
      • 10 hours must be in instrument rated aircraft
    • 40 hours of actual simulated instrument time on areas of listed operations
      • At least 20 can be on flight simulator
  • 3. Commercial Pilot license
    • Additional 250 hours logged flight time under instruction of CFI

I hope that this summarizes our conversation, and that all your questions have been addressed.

Tony Boulanger is President of Third Coast Aviation and the author of this response to a new student in May 2017.

About Third Coast Aviation

Founded in January 2017, Third Coast Aviation (‘TCA‘) is a Texas Gulf Coast aviation company providing Part 61 flight trainingaircraft acquisition, sales, and management services.  Our seasoned Certified Flight Instructors (CFI, CFII, and MEI) deliver flight training from Discovery Flights to Private Pilot License (PPL), Commercial Pilots License (CPL), CFI and beyond. Our admissions professionals help individuals transition into professional careers through our partnerships with regional air carriers such as GoJet Airlines Inc.; our business-to-business (‘B2B’) clientele provide explosive growth opportunity and longevity for our staff of Certified Flight Instructors (‘CFI’), maintenance professionals, and an exhilarating place for our students to learn!

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