Take to the skies and earn your Private Pilot License

Private Pilot License (PPL) Training

Whether you’re seeking a career in aviation or just want to learn for fun, our Part 61 Private Pilot License (PPL) training will provide you with the theoretical resources and practical skills necessary to take to the skies and earn your Private Pilot License (PPL).

PPL training summary
  • Cost: from $12,875
  • Status: Part-time
  • Duration: 40hrs of flight time (minimum)
  • Required experience: None!
  • Training Aircraft: Cessna 172 SP (Other aircraft available at additional cost)
  • Locations: Orlando Sanford International Airport
Graduation qualifications
  • Private Pilot License
Takes to the skies with Private Pilot License (PPL) training

A Private Pilot License (PPL) allows you to take to the skies - day or night - in visual flight conditions. With a PPL you can fly solo or take passengers, however, you may not be compensated or paid to fly. The L3Harris Part 61 Private Pilot Course teaches the skills required to become a proficient pilot and is a great first step if you are interested in a career as an airline pilot or just want to fly for fun!

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PPL training admissions requirements

Whilst you don’t need any flying experience to begin your PPL training, you must meet the following requirements to apply to L3Harris’ Flight Academy Private Pilot License program. Your L3Harris Admissions Officer will provide a comprehensive list of requirements and elaborate on the below:


The FAA requires pilots to be at least 16 years old in order to fly solo and at least 17 years old to earn a Private Pilot License.


Be able to obtain and maintain an FAA Medical Certificate.

Your assigned Admissions Officer can help you find an Approved Aviation Medical Examiners near you!

Background check

Be able to pass a Criminal Record Check (CRC) with the FAA.

Application & application fee

You will be required to fill out an Admissions Application and pay an application fee of $150.

Speak with an Admissions Officer to learn more and to get started on the application!

Cost of this Private Pilot License program

This PPL training program is paid as you go, so the amount of time required to earn your Private Pilot License may vary. Below is a breakdown of the estimated costs using the minimum required flight time to earn your PPL. For any additional PPL flight training time required, you can calculate the cost using the per hour pricing below.


 Aircraft Rental - For Training with Instructor
(Cessna 172SP)

$16530 Hours$4,950
Solo Time
(Cessna 172SP) 
$16510 Hours$1,650
Flight Instruction$8530 Hours$2,550
 Flight Briefing$8515 Hours$1,275
Ground Instruction $8520 Hours$1,700
 FAA Examiner Fee--$600
 FAA Written Exam Fee--$150

If you dream of learning to fly and need financial support for your PPL training, there are various funding options available including aviation scholarships and flight school loans and grants - if eligible, these funding options can help you pay for some or all of your pilot training.

Please, get in touch with our financial aid department for more information - usfinancialaid.cts@l3harris.com.

What are my career prospects?

Upon successful completion of your Private Pilot License you can fly in and out of all civil airports. You can fly a plane as a hobby, meaning you can take friends & family out for non-commercial reasons without compensation on an aircraft which you are appropriately rated, in visual flight conditions.

After getting your Private Pilot License, you may want to continue your flight training and become a commercial pilot or a Certified Flight Instructor. In this case, there are many different courses you can consider at the L3Harris Flight Academy including our commercial pilot training flagship course Professional Pilot Program or our Airline Pilot Track and Commercial Pilot Track courses.

Why L3Harris?
  • Over 30 Years of Professional Pilot Training History, helping thousands of cadets realize their dreams of a career in aviation.
  • Structured Courses crafted to teach cadets to the standards demanded by the Airlines.
  • Class C Airspace and an International Airport means that cadets will share the runway, and airspace, with large passenger aircraft.
  • 100+ Aircraft Fleet consisting of the Piper Seminole, Piper Archer, Cessna 172P & 172SP, Cirrus SR20, and Diamond DA42. 
  • 5 Flight Training Devices (simulators) and several Flat Panel Training Devices to help you learn to fly while on the ground. 
  • Located in Florida the Orlando Academy is an ideal location for flight training, providing over 300 flyable days per year!
  • Free Tutoring from Certified Flight Instructors is available in our Learning Resource Center. Our team is fully invested in your success! 
  • Dedicated Admissions and Student Services professionals are on campus to help guide you through your pilot training journey from start to finish.

    PPL training FAQs

  • How long does it take to complete PPL training?

      The length of time it takes to complete your PPL training can vary and is dependent on factors such as weather conditions, availability and finances.

      You are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of flight time as part of your Private Pilot License. However, at our Orlando campus, your training shouldn’t be as disrupted by weather conditions as Florida provides over 300 flyable days a year!

      Our PPL training program is paid as you go, allowing you to stagger the course costs and learn at your own pace.

  • What aircraft can I fly with a Private Pilot License?

      If you have a PPL, you are allowed to fly an aircraft which you are appropriately rated, such as a single-engine aircraft for leisure purposes.

      At the L3Harris Flight Academy in Florida, we have a fleet of over 100 Aircraft consisting of the:

      • Piper Seminole
      • Piper Archer
      • Cessna 172P & 172SP
      • Cirrus SR20
      • Diamond DA42

      This means you can act as pilot-in-command in any single-engine aircraft such as a Piper Archer and complete responsibility of the aircraft operations and safety of yourself and your passenger(s).

  • How can I fund my PPL training?

      If you need help funding your PPL training, there are various funding options. These include aviation scholarships, flight school loans and grants. For more information on funding options, please read about our pilot training costs or get in touch with our Financial Aid department:


      Pilot training costs

  • Where will I complete my PPL training?

      You will complete your PPL training at our L3Harris Flight Academy in Orlando, Florida. You have access to:

      • 5 Flight Training Devices (FTDs)
      • 8 Flight Simulators
      • 100+ Aircraft fleet
      • 100+ Professional Flight Instructors

      State-of-the-art facilities such as high-intensity runway lighting, AWOS weather reporting system, FAA control tower, pre-and-post-flight briefing areas and a dispatch center.

      L3Harris Flight Academy in Orlando, Florida