Private Pilot

Private Pilot Training Syllabus – PPCL

Additional Rating

Transition Course  From a Sport Pilot to a Private Pilot Certificate

If you’re a Sport Pilot who would like to transition to a Private Pilot rating, here are the things you have to do. The good news is that the training and testing covers a lot of the same areas that you already have accomplished, so you probably have a lot of the experience requirements met and the testing process will cover areas you are already familiar with.

Why do it?

The privileges of a Private Pilot are better than the privileges of a Sport Pilot. However, many of them aren’t privileges that you may necessarily use. But before you commit the time and money for the rating, it is good to have a clear reason in mind.

The two big reasons a pilot may want to become a Private Pilot are:

  • The ability to legally fly at night.
  • Being able to fly higher than 10,000 feet MSL

A comparison of the privileges between a sport pilot and a private pilot are:

Privilege or Limitation Sport Pilot Private Pilot
Fly One Passenger Yes Yes
Fly More that One Passenger No Yes (But not really useful since currently most light sport aircraft are one or two place only)
Fly at Night No Yes
Fly in Class B, C, and D airspace, at an airport located in Class B, C, or D airspace, and to, from, through, or at an airport having an operational control tower. Yes (With additional Training and Endorsements) Yes
Fly in other countries Yes (But only with prior authorization from the country in which you want to operate.) Yes
Fly to demonstrate the aircraft in flight to a prospective buyer if you are an aircraft salesperson. No Yes
In a passenger-carrying airlift sponsored by a charitable organization. No Yes
At an altitude of more than 10,000 feet MSL. No Yes
When the flight or surface visibility is less than 3 statute miles. No Yes

Finally, if you happen to be an instructor, there are a couple of additional reasons to be a Private Pilot:

  • You are able to instruct and endorse students for a Private Pilot rating. If you are a Sport Pilot CFI rated in powered parachutes and weight shift,  and you become a Private Pilot with the additional rating, you automatically get the privilege to instruct and recommend others for Private Pilot. There is no additional training, endorsements, or testing required.
  • You are able to increase the amount of time you can train others by flying into the night.


The Requirements

Note:  These requirements are for private pilot powered parachute.  The requirements for private pilot in weight shift category are similar, but with different experience requirements.

The requirements to become a private pilot for powered parachutes are:

  • You must have a current third class medical.
  • You must pass the Private Pilot Powered Parachute Knowledge Test
  • You need to complete the following flight experience requirements.
  • A person who applies for a private pilot certificate with a powered parachute category rating must log at least 25 hours of flight time in a powered parachute that includes
    • at least 10 hours of flight training with an authorized instructor* including
    • 30 takeoffs and landings, and
    • 10 hours of solo flight training in the areas of operation listed in §61.107 (b)(9)
    • The training must include at least –
      • 1 hour of cross-country flight training in a powered parachute that includes a 1-hour cross-country flight with a landing at an airport at least 25 nautical miles from the airport of departure;
      • 3 hours of night flight training in a powered parachute that includes 10 takeoffs and landings (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport;
      • 3 hours of flight training in preparation for the practical test in a powered parachute, which must have been performed within the 60-day period preceding the date of the test; and
      • 3 hours of solo flight time in a powered parachute, consisting of at least-
      • 1 solo cross-country flight with a landing at an airport at least 25 nautical miles from the departure airport; and
      • 20 solo takeoffs and landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in a traffic pattern) at an airport
      • At least 3 of the 20 takeoffs and landings must be at an airport with an operating control tower.
  • You need a recommendation from a Certified Flight Instructor who is himself a Powered Parachute Private Pilot or holds the exemption from the EAA to train at the Private Pilot level.
  • You need to get a check ride from 1 of the 4 (as of winter 2009) Designated Pilot Examiners authorized to provide check rides for Powered Parachute Private Pilots. Dennis Stanley out of Salt Lake City area is our designated examiner for private pilot, powered parachute.