Student Pilot Guide

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) invites you to join the general
aviation community of pilots. It is a community of civil aviation operations other
than those air carriers holding a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.
General aviation makes up approximately 96 percent of U.S. aircraft and 60 percent
of U.S. flight hours flown. General aviation is often misunderstood as only small,
propeller-driven aircraft. A large jet or cargo plane operated under Title 14 of the
Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 91 can be a general aviation aircraft.
This publication is intended to serve as a guide for prospective student pilots
and for those already engaged in flight training. This guide presents in “how to”
fashion, general procedures for obtaining FAA student pilot, sport pilot, recreational
pilot, and private pilot certificates