A pilot's license is similar to a driver's license that is issued to you by your state government. The main difference is that the federal government governs pilot privileges and requires specific flight experience, a knowledge (written) test, and a practical (flight) test to earn a pilot's license (called a certificate). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the agency that will issue you your pilot's license, is within the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Flying an airplane is more complex than driving a car because you are controlling altitude (up and down) in addition to left-right movement. It is also more exhilarating because you have the freedom of three-dimensional movement, greater speed, and unbelievable panoramas. Flying provides lifelong satisfaction and pride.
Learning to fly and earning your pilot certificate are fun. Begin today! The topics listed below explain the requirements, procedures, costs, etc., to obtain a private pilot certificate.