How Old Do You Have to Be to Get a Pilot’s License in Arizona?

Are you interested in getting a private pilot’s license in Arizona? Perhaps you have questions: How old do you have to be to get one (the short answer: 17 years old)? How long does it take? What can you do with a private license? And perhaps these questions have gotten in the way of you deciding to pursue your dream. Don’t let anything stand in the way any longer. Let Sierra Charlie Aviation help you meet your goals.

About Sierra Charlie

Sierra Charlie Aviation currently provides FAR Part 61 flight training. If you have limited availability for training, our flexible program enables you to rearrange the content and sequence of your flying lessons to complete your program faster than in a FAR Part 141 school.

We utilize the Cessna Flight Training System, a comprehensive flight-training program that produces competent, prepared and confident new pilots about 30% faster than the national average.

Our high-caliber pilot training program has been honored by the world’s largest aviation association – the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) – with awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018 as one of the top flight schools in the country.

What Can You Do with a Private Pilot License?

Learning to fly is an experience that can be enjoyed by a wide range of people.  You must be at least 17 years old to receive your private pilot certificate, but can start your flight training earlier.

Some students eventually want to fly as commercial airline pilots or charter aircraft pilots. Others want to fly because it can be a more convenient way to get around than sitting in traffic. And others want to fly locally just for the fun and excitement.

As a private pilot, you will be able to fly with friends or family or on personal business in a single engine airplane, day or night, under Visual Flight Rules (VFR; minimum of 3 miles of visibility). as long as you are not compensated (this does not include expenses such as fuel and rental charges, which may be shared among passengers).

Accelerated Programs 

At Sierra Charlie, we offer five distinct accelerated programs that allow you to get to where you need to be quickly. You can, with no prior training, receive your private license by completing our accelerated private pilot training in as little as 3-4 weeks.

Instrument training, the next logical step, generally takes 2-3 weeks in our accelerated program. The accelerated commercial piloting class also takes 2-3 weeks. If you are interested in becoming a flight instructor, then our accelerated CFI and CFII programs will be perfect for you. They last 3-4 weeks and 2-3 weeks, respectively.

If you were wondering how old you have to be to get a pilot’s license, how long a course takes, or any other things that were getting in between you and your future, stop wondering and take action. Feel free to contact Sierra Charlie Aviation with any questions at (480) 474-4115. Or, better yet, if you are in Arizona, schedule a time to come explore our grounds. We think you’ll love it as much as we do.