Private Pilot License (PPL)

Start your journey TO becoming a pilot!

If you are new to the world of flying it can seem like there is a lot to know, and in fact there is a lot to know. Which is why we help you with navigating the requirements to becoming a private pilot and assist you in figuring out your flying plans whether it be recreational or for a career.

We are the premiere flight training school in Naples, FL and our passion is to teach people to fly!

If you aren't sure whether flying is for you try out one of our Discovery Flights where you will experience first hand what flying is all about.

Here are the requirements to obtain your private pilot license:
  • Minimum age for solo flight is 16
  • Minimum age of 17 to obtain your PPL
  • Current US Passport, or Birth Certificate and Government issued ID
  • Third class medical certificate or better
  • Pass FAA Knowledge Test
  • Minimum of 40 hours flight time including  20 hours with an instructor
  • 3 hours night time Instruction including 1 cross country more than 100 nautical miles as well as 10 take offs and landings at night to a full stop.
  • 10 hours solo flight time including 5 hours cross country (distance of more than 50 nautical miles) and 1 cross country flight more than 150 nautical miles
  • Pass an oral exam and practical test (check ride) with a FAA Examiner

Private Pilot Ground School

Private Pilot Ground School is a 30 hour program focused on the knowledge and skills necessary to both supplement your actual flying experience as well as the necessary knowledge needed to pass the FAA Private Pilot Airplane Aeronautical Knowledge Test. In addition to the 30 hours of classroom instruction, you will also be provided with the necessary books and training materials which are yours to keep at the end of the program.

Each class begins with an in-depth lecture about the key knowledge areas, followed by a non-intimidating classroom quiz session that helps you prepare for the knowledge test. The goal here at Sun Coast Aviation is to have EVERYONE pass their tests with flying colors.

Your Sun Coast Aviation ground school instructor is highly skilled in the various aeronautical knowledge areas that you will be covering during the program. Sun Coast Aviation wants to make sure your learning experience is challenging, fun, and most importantly, assists you in obtaining your Private Pilot certificate.

Course Curriculum:

Class 1: Aerodynamics

Class 2: Aircraft Systems and Flight Instruments

Class 3: Regulations

Class 4: Procedures and Airport Operations

Class 5: Weather and Weather Services

Class 6: Aircraft Performance

Class 7: En-route flight

Class 8: Navigation

Class 9: Communications Procedures

Class 10: Review and practice exams

Are you ready to take the first step and start flying?
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200 Aviation Drive North, Suite 6, Naples, FL 34104 USA


Monday – Friday 9 AM – 5 PM

Saturday & Sunday by Appointment