Private Pilot Training

Pilot License (PPL) Program

A Private Pilot License, or a Private Pilot Certificate in the US, provides foundational knowledge for all future aircraft pilot training. Obtaining your PPL allows you to fly an airplane on personal need.

Our Private Pilot Training Course (PPL program) is FAA certified and approved Part 141 course. It has been reviewed and approved by the FAA for compliance with satisfactory educational quality standards.

In 2014, we received the Part 141 certificate, which allows the students to save time and money due to less flight time required for completion of the course. This course is also available for International Students with Student Visa support.

If flying is your dream, the PPL is your first step. If you have any flight experience we can also offer training according to FAR part 61.

A Private Pilot is an airman who has the ultimate freedom and luxury of flying wherever and whenever they choose. There is no need to deal with busy commercial airport terminals, TSA lines, or baggage hassles. You just drive to your airplane, file your flight plan, and go. A Private Pilot holder may purchase or rent an aircraft for business or pleasure. It gives them the opportunity to take an exciting journey with family and friends to enjoy the tranquility of flight. It also gives the freedom to travel to exciting destinations such as The Bahamas, Key West, or the Rocky Mountains. Many pilots use their aircraft for business purposes. Being a Private Pilot not only limits you to fly in the United States, but allows you to use your privileges all over the world.

If you already have time in an airplane or rotorcraft, you may be interested in our Individual Education Program based on Part 61 requirements.

Course Program

Minimum part 141 requirements: 35 flight hours, 35 ground school

This course consists of three stages which include obligatory ground and flight training. Each completed stage is followed by an exam administered by the chief pilot or a senior flight instructor. All courses are carried out in accordance with the Jeppesen Certified Training Program and Syllabus.

Stage 1

Initial Training

During the first stage, students will learn the airframe, ground operations (pre-flight preparation), aeronautical meteorology, basic maneuvers, radio communications, and emergency procedures. Students must then take the stage check as well as the FAA written exam. Upon successful completion of both, the student will be given the opportunity to conduct their first solo-flight.

Stage 2

During the second stage of the program, the student continues to study the properties and capabilities of the aircraft, flight planning, weight and balance, and navigation. In conjunction, they will perform several solo flights in preparation for their first solo cross-country flight. The successful completion of the second stage check will enable the student to carry out this flight.

Stage 3

Checkride Preparation

The final stage includes the preparation for the theoretical and practical examination, known as The Check Ride. This is administered by a Certified FAA examiner. During this time, the students will conduct several cross-country flights as well as master their flying skills in accordance with the standards required by the FAA. They will also be preparing for the oral portion of the check ride as well. In order for a student to be scheduled for their check ride, they must pass the final stage checks administrated by the chief pilot.

Check Ride


The Checkride is broken down into two phases; the theoretical (Oral) and practical (Flight) exams. During the oral exam, the examiner will ask the student various types of questions pertaining to knowledge and theory of the Private Pilot Course. The average time it takes to complete the oral exam is approximately two hours. Once the oral exam is successfully completed, the student and the examiner will partake in the practical exam, also known as the flight test. Here, the student must demonstrate the ability to execute successful flight maneuvers in accordance to FAA standards, radio communication, air navigation safety, and various take off’s and landings.

Once the flight is concluded and successful, the student will receive his first pilot certificate: The FAA Private Pilot Certificate.

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Why Choose AAAS Pilot Training?

Our primary goal is to provide every student with the best possible flying and training experience. After an initial consultation, we will design your custom training program to meet your unique goals, schedule and lifestyle.

Whether you're looking for a fast-paced two-week "finish-up" program or a complete professional program, AAAS is committed to helping you meet your flight goals. We offer all the benefits of a large flight school or university without the "one size fits all" programs, rigid timeframes, rules and slow processes. Students can learn at their own pace.

Because of our commitment to providing excellent customer service, modern equipment, and the highest quality training programs available, our students enjoy a high examination success rate!

Here are a few more reasons to choose AAAS for your pilot training program.

  • AAAS is led by former military pilots that understand the best techniques for teaching you to fly.

  • We have large fleets of trainer planes in three separate locations for your convenience, and we're continuing to grow! Learn to fly in a Cessna, Piper, or Cirrus fixed-wing plane.

  • Affordable fixed cost based on realistic flight times that exceed FAA Part 141 minimums. Other programs quote a minimum cost that almost always changes.

  • AAAS partners with Climb Credit to offers affordable financing solutions for qualified students.

  • Our students have very high success rates when they report to their type certification training. Our expert staff of professionals, coupled with our Certified Flight Instructors, make certain that the training you receive is the best available anywhere.

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Frequent Questions

What is the cost of the program?

Program costs are unique to each individual and run from $3,000 to $30,000. Training costs vary based on experience and FAA certificates coming into the program. Each pilot receives a training plan based on their specific needs to help them obtain a Fixed Wing Private Pilot's License, Instrument Rating, and Commercial Multi-Engine License. Upon completion of your training with us, you might need to build fixed wing PIC hours at a flying club to meet the 250 hour requirement.

What are the program requirements?

A current or former U.S. military pilot is eligible to apply for an airline transport pilot certificate provided the pilot presents the following:

  • An official DD-214 indicating that person was honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Services.
  • An official armed services record that shows the person graduated from an undergraduate pilot training school and received a rating qualifying them as a military pilot.

In addition to providing the above, the pilot must also have the flight hours below:

  • 750 Total Time as a pilot
    • Not more than 100 hours of total time may be obtained in a full flight simulator or flight training device provided the flight training device represents an airplane and the flight time was accomplished in a Part 121, 135, 141, or 142 training course.
  • 250 PIC in an airplane, or as SIC performing the duties of PIC while under the supervision of the PIC in an airplane
  • 75 hours of total instrument time, in actual or simulated instrument conditions
    • Applicant may not receive credit for more than 25 hours in a flight simulator or flight training device unless the course is an approved Part 142 flight training center, in which case, the applicant can receive credit for up to 50 hours.
  • 200 hours of Cross Country time
    • 100 hours must be as PIC.
  • 100 hours of night time
    • 25 hours must be as PIC.
    • A person who has performed at least 20 night takeoffs and landings to a full stop may substitute each additional night takeoff and landing to a full stop for 1 hour of night flight time; however, not more than 25 hours of night may be credited using this method.
  • 50 hours of multi-engine
    • Up to 25 hours may be in full flight simulator representing a multi-engine airplane if the training was an approved training course under Part 121, 135, 141 or 142.
How do I Apply? When will I interview?

Program costs are unique to each individual and run from $3,000 to $30,000. Training costs vary based on experience and FAA certificates coming into the program.

Each pilot receives a training plan based on their specific needs to help them obtain a Fixed Wing Private Pilot's License, Instrument Rating, and Commercial Multi-Engine License. Upon completion of your training with us, you might need to build fixed wing PIC hours at a flying club to meet the 250 hour requirement.

What is the length of the flight training with AAAS in order to meet R-ATP Requirements?

Program lengths vary greatly depending on the flying experience of the candidate. The full course timeline is an estimated 10 weeks.

Where will training take place?

Fayetteville, NC (KFAY), Wilmington, NC (KILM), or Shallotte, NC (60J). Housing is not provided.

What type of Aircraft is used for training and time building?

Cessna 172
Cessna 150
Cirrus SR20
Piper PA28
Piper PA28R
Piper PA30
Flight Simulator

Do I need to have a FAA Pilot Certificate?

Yes, in order for AAAS to train you with the reduced hours, the FAA requires you to complete the FAA Military Competency Written exam if you do not already hold a FAA Certificate. The link below is the most common test prep used by military graduates and a step by step on how to get the certificates.<

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