Become a Pilot

There are many different certificates you can earn as a pilot. Wings Aviators instructors can help you achieve your goals in aviation.

  • Private Pilot
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Flight Instructor
  • Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)
  • Bi-annual Flight Reviews
  • Transition Courses.


Attaining your Private Pilot Certificate is one of the most thrilling and fulfilling accomplishments you will ever do in your life. But, you will have to work at it. You and your flight instructor will work closely to achieve that certificate.

From your very first lesson you will begin learning all aspects of becoming a pilot including aircraft systems, aerodynamics, navigation, and weather.

After 15 to 25 hours of concentrated training, you will be authorized to solo. Then further training will consist of cross country flying, night flight, and becoming more proficient with flight maneuvers. Then your final training begins preparing you for your FAA flight and oral tests.


  • Be able to read, speak, and write English
  • Be at least 17 years old (16 years to solo)
  • Obtain at least a 3rd class medical prior to 1st solo
  • Before taking flight test, have passed the FAA written test in the preceding 24 months
  • A minimum of 40 flight hours, national average close to 65-70 hours

Flight Time To Include

  • Minimum 10 hours solo
  • 20 hours with flight instructor
  • 3 hours x-c with flight instructor
  • 20 hours minimum with flight instructing
  • 3 hours cross country flight with instruction
  • 5 hours solo cross country flights (1 must be at least 150 nautical miles with landings at a minimum of 3 airports, 1 airport at least 50 nautical miles away from home airport)
  • 3 solo take offs and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower
  • 3 hours night flight (including 10 take offs and landings) and 1 cross country flight of 100 nautical miles..
  • 3 hours simulated instrument flight time
  • Minimum 3 hours in preparation of flight test within 60 days

Normal Transition After Private Certificate Might Be:

Instrument Ratings

Allows you to fly strictly by reference to the aircraft instruments

  • Minimum 40 hours simulated instrument time
  • Pass written test within preceding 24 months
  • Obtain 50 hours of Pilot in Command cross country time prior to instrument flight test.

Commercial Pilot Certificate

Allows you to fly for hire. Your training develops your skills in utilizing the
maximum performance of your aircraft.

  • Needs to be completed in a complex aircraft
  • Minimum 250 total flight hours prior to flight test of which 100 hours must be Pilot in command and 50 hours cross country
    18 years of age
  • Second Class Medical
  • Minimum 20 hours training in preparation for flight test
  • 10 hours solo including a 300 N.M. cross country flight and a 5 hour solo night

Multi-Engine Rating

Flying a plane with more than one engine.

  • No written test
  • No specific medical required
  • Usually 10-15 hours training
  • Must pass an oral and flight test

Certified Flight Instructor

Allows you to teach individuals for a Private Certificate or upgrade current pilots.

  • Must have a commercial or ATP Certificate
  • Must have instrument rating
  • Second Class medical
  • Pass 2 written tests
  • Pass an oral and a flight test with the FAA

Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)

Required by most airlines.

  • Must have instrument rating
  • 1st Class Medical
  • Minimum 1500 hours of flight time where 500 hours need to be cross country

Airplane Rental – Our main trainers are Piper Warriors and C150. We pride ourselves on delivering a well-maintained, safe, and clean aircraft. Warriors are IFR equipped.

Achieve your flight Dreams today!

With Wings Aviators, We can make that happen!

4601 Murvihill Road

Valparaiso, IN 46383

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