A Private Pilot License (PPL) is the most sought after type of pilot certification. In the United States a Private Pilot License is actually called a Private Pilot Certificate and is similar to what a driver's license is for automobiles. By earning a private pilot license, you can legally fly an aircraft. Private pilots are trained to navigate small aircraft by themselves. Flight training includes aircraft maneuvers, navigation, emergency procedures, and cross-country flight planning. While people may seek the license for hobby or sport reasons, a private pilot certification is also the first major milestone on the road to becoming an airline pilot.
An Instrument Rating (IR) is a pilot rating earned through intensive training focused on flying solely by reference to instruments. It is arguably one of the most valuable ratings you can add to your pilot certificate and is a fun and challenging discipline of flight training. A well-trained and proficient instrument pilot can fly an airplane from point A to point B without ever having to look out the window except for takeoff and landing; it is truly a remarkable skill.
For many new pilots, the training provided in the instrument rating is the first glimpse at how the National Airspace System, radar, and air traffic control works. For others, it is usually the first time they’ve been allowed to enter the clouds, known as flying in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) on instrument flight rules (IFR).
A commercial pilot license, or certificate, is a type of pilot license that allows someone to operate an aircraft for compensation. A licensed commercial pilot may act as pilot-in-command of an aircraft for compensation or hire, as well as carry persons or property for compensation or hire. Put another way, holding a commercial pilot license means you are legally allowed to get paid as a pilot.
You can choose different paths to obtain your Commercial Pilot License:
CPL Initial Single Engine
CPL Initial Multi Engine
CPL Multi Engine Add - On
The multi-engine land rating is an “add-on” to an existing single-engine land private, commercial, or ATP certificate. For this rating, both VFR and IFR operations are emphasized. There are no minimum time requirements for the multi-engine land rating, however you will need an instructor endorsement for flight and ground training prior to taking the check ride. There is no written exam, only an oral exam and a practical check ride are required.
While a multi-engine rating can be added to a private pilot certificate, in most cases it makes sense to wait until a pilot has a commercial pilot certificate and instrument rating as this will save the pilot a substantial amount of money in the long run.
If you are planning to be a career Airline Pilot and want to accelerate from zero flight hours to meeting airline pilot requirements, then this is the program you want to enroll in. Our Airline Pilot Program is a commitment to yourself as it will demand your full-time dedication. To successfully complete this program and meet your goals you will be required to be a full-time student, which means you will have flight and ground training 5 days per week and dedicating your days for flight and ground with your instructor, self-studying, and preparing for testing.
The Utah Valley University School of Aviation Sciences offers Bachelor of Science degrees which can be completed online. FAA pilot certificates and ratings required by the curriculum are granted direct transfer credit. The online degree is a perfect option for those who wish to complete a college degree while in flight training or while building flight time as a CFI. With flexibility built-in, the program can accommodate students in any situation, at any level of training, or at any point in their career. For more info on the UVU online program, visit our website.
As you progress through your aviation career, you may consider earning your flight instructor certification. As a certificated flight instructor (CFI), you can build flight experience quickly to meet airline and corporate hiring minimums. Being a CFI is a challenging and rewarding career that utilizes all you have learned during your own flight training. Flight instructors aim to be role models for the aviation community, sharing knowledge and experience with their students, and for many people it is the first job in aviation that earns them a paycheck.
PSA's instrument instructor rating program adds instrument instructor privileges to your current flight instructor certificate with single-engine privileges. This program provides all necessary ground and flight instruction for tasks required by the Single-Engine Instrument Instructor Airman Certification Standards.
PSA's multi-engine instructor rating program adds multi-engine privileges to your current flight instructor certificate. This program provides all necessary ground and flight instruction for tasks required by the Multi-Engine Instructor Airman Certification Standards.