Minimum of 40 hours of flight, which must include the following:
Minimum of 20 hours of flight instruction which includes:
- 3 hours cross country
- 3 hours instrument training
- 3 hours of night flying to include:
- One cross country of at least 100 nm total distance, 10 night takeoffs and landings.
Minimum of 10 hours of solo flight, which includes:
5 hours solo cross country:
One solo cross country at least 150 nm total distance, with landings at three points and with one segment at least 50 nm between two locations.
Three takeoffs and landings at an airport with an operating control tower.
Note: 40 hours is the minimum set by the FAA. Most pilots will require more flight time to be prepared for the practical test. The average is around 50-60 hours.