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Once you get your Private Pilot Certificate it does not expire!! But you must fly under certain conditions, within certain periods of time, to do certain things. This is generally called "Recentcy." But once you earn the Private Pilot Certificate, you need no further certification by the FAA.

 

Some important "Recentcy" requirements are:

 

• Every two years you must compete a "Flight Review" with an authorized Flight Instructor. This Flight Review must consist of at least one hour of Flight Instruction and at least one hour of Ground Instruction. This must be done in order to fly the plane at all.

 

• In order to carry passengers during daylight hours you must have made at least three takeoffs and landings in the last ninety days. You can fly solo in order to comply with this requirement and the three takeoffs and landings need not be "full stop" landings.

 

• In order to carry passengers during night-time hours you must have made at least three takeoffs and landings in the last ninety days at night. You can fly solo in order to comply with this requirement but the three takeoffs and landings need be "full stop" landings.

 

In addition to "Recentcy" there are additional training requirements for those who want to operate special types of aircraft.

 

Let's assume you hold a Private Pilot Certificate rated in Single-Engine Land Airplanes. Now it is only logical you will need additional FAA certification to fly a helicopter, balloon, seaplane or twin engine aircraft. But within your Certificate and Rating you will need additional instruction and a one-time logbook endorsement from a Flight Instructor to fly the following aircraft:

 

• A complex aircraft; that is an aircraft with a controllable pitch propeller, and retractable landing gear,

 

• A high-performance aircraft; that is an aircraft with an engine over 200 horsepower,

 

• A high altitude (pressurized) aircraft; that is an aircraft with the capability of reaching altitudes of 25,000 feet or more above the ground,

 

• A tail-wheel aircraft; that is an aircraft with a wheel on the tail instead of under the nose.

 

Let's assume you have five full years where you for one reason or another just didn't fly. When you decided to fly again you must get a new FAA Medical Certificate and a Flight Review consisting of an hour of ground training and an hour of flight training from a Certified Flight Instructor.

 

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