Jenna Wells Aviation provides flight instruction for the private, instrument, commercial, and CFI ratings. If you already have your pilot's license and are in need of a biennial flight review, instrument proficiency check or instrument currency training, we can provide instruction in those areas as well.
Own your own plane? Jenna Wells Aviation provides flight instruction in owner's aircraft that are based at the San Carlos (SQL), and Palo Alto(PAO) airports. If your aircraft is based somewhere other than those two airports and you would still like to receive instruction, feel free to go to the schedule and submit your request. We will be happy to work with you to accommodate your needs.
** Please keep in mind that the above requirements are the minimum requirements to obtain a private pilot's license. The actual amount of hours varies with the individual.
According to Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 61.109 the aeronautical experience for an airplane single-engine rating is as follows:
40 hours of flight time that includes at least 20 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor and 10 hours of solo flight training. The flight training must include:
3 hours of cross-country flight training in a single-engine airplane;
3 hours of night flight training in a single-engine airplane that includes:
- One cross-country flight of over 100 nautical miles total distance
- 10 takeoffs and 10 landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport
3 hours of flight training in a single-engine airplane on the control and maneuvering of an airplane solely by reference to instruments, including straight and level flight, constant airspeed climbs and descents, turns to heading, recovery from unusual flight attitudes, radio communications, and the use of navigation systems/facilities and radar services appropriate to instrument flight
3 hours of flight training with an authorized instructor in a single-engine airplane in preparation for the practical test, which must have been performed within the preceding 2 calendar months from the month of the test; and 10 hours of solo flight time in a single-engine airplane, consisting of at least:
5 hours of solo cross-country time;
- One solo cross-country flight of at least 150 nautical miles total distance, with full-stop landings at a minimum of three points, and one segment he flight consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 50 nautical miles between the takeoff and landing locations;
- Three takeoffs and three landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower
FAA Requirements for the Private Pilot License:
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** A Note to Foreign Students:
Jenna Wells Aviation is an approved provider for the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP) and therefore can offer training to foreign students. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires foreign students as well as students who do not hold a U.S. passport to you to go through a background check before commencing flight training. For further information, please visit Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP).