Private Pilot Certificate

This FAA license empowers you to fly any aircraft, anytime, and to anywhere.

The requirements are:

  • While flight training can start at any age, you must be 16 years old to solo.

  • You must be 17 years old at the time of the FAA check ride.

  • Pass a medical exam.

  • Meet flight experience requirements.

  • Pass a knowledge exam.

  • Pass a Practical (flight and oral) exam.C

40 flight hours and ground school

Fast Track 1-2 months


Instrument Rating
This FAA training allows you to fly aircraft under instrument flight rules (IFR) into weather such as rain showers, fog, areas of low visibility and inside of the clouds.

The requirements are:

  • You must be a Private Pilot.

  • Meet flight experience required.

  • Pass a knowledge exam.

  • Pass a Practical (flight and oral) exam.

40 flight hours and ground school 

Fast Track 1-2 months

Commercial License

This FAA certificate allows you to fly any aircraft for compensation or hire.

The requirements are:

  • You must be a private pilot

  • You must be 18 years old.

  • Pass a Second Class medical exam.

  • 250 hours total flight experience.

  • 10 hours multi-engine or complex aircraft time.

  • Meet PIC experience requirements.

  • Cross-country time requirements.

  • Pass a knowledge exam

  • Pass a Practical (flight and oral) exam.

Fast Track 2-3 months​

Certified Flight Instructor

  •  The preparation of lesson plans and teaching students with varying background and skills.

  • Evaluation of individual student flight programs.

  • Effective pre/post flight instruction.

  • Analysis and correction of student pilot errors.

  • Flight instructor responsibilities and certifying procedures.

Requirements include: Second-class medical and Commercial Single-Engine Land Certificate

Instrument Instructor

After becoming a flight instructor your next step is to become an instrument instructor.

This will make you more proficient in instrument flying.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Second Class Medical

  • Commercial Pilot Certificate

  • Certified Flight Instructor

Fast Track 14-30 days

Private Pilot to CFI
For students who complete all of their training at UP Aviation, it is normal to get hired on at UP Aviation after completing this certificate. Essentially, we prepare you to the highest CFI standards.
Check out our Professional Pilot Program Page for details
Fast Track 4-6 months