Pilot certification is required for an individual to act as a pilot of an aircraft. It is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a branch of the Department of Transportation (DOT). A pilot is certificated under the authority of Parts 61 and 141 of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, also known as the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs).
An FAA-issued pilot certificate is evidence that an individual is duly authorized to exercise piloting privileges. The pilot certificate is one of several kinds of airman certificates issued by the FAA.
A pilot is certificated to fly aircraft at one or more named privilege levels and, at each privilege level, rated to fly aircraft of specific categories. Privilege levels of pilot certificates are, in order of increasing privilege, that we provide training for are:
Private Pilot: an individual who may fly for pleasure or personal business, generally without accepting compensation.
Commercial Pilot: an individual who may, with some restrictions, fly for compensation or hire.
Instrument Rating: The instrument rating is the most challenging ticket you can go after. It requires additional training and instruction beyond what is required for a Private Pilot or Commercial Pilot certificate.