Private Pilot Licence

Applicable to aeroplane and rotorcraft.

General Requirements

Proof of Jamaican Citizenship and Age:

  • Birth Certificate/Baptismal Certificate
  • Citizenship Certificate
  • Passport


Proof of Identity and Residential Address:

  • Driver’s licences
  • Government identification cards

In the absence of a government issued photographic identification, the applicant shall submit a passport sized photograph, certified by a Justice of the Peace to be a true photograph of the applicant.


Private Pilot Eligibility Requirements:

  • Age: be at least 17 years of age for rating other than the operation of a glider or balloon.
  • Language: be able to read, speak, write and understand the English Language.
  • Medical Qualifications: hold at least a Class 1 or 2 medical certificate.
  • Receive a logbook endorsement for the knowledge test from an instructor.
  • Pass the required knowledge test as prescribed by the Authority, obtaining not less than 70%.
  • Received flight training and a logbook endorsement from an authorised instructor who:
    1. conducted the flight training in the areas of operation that apply to the aircraft rating sought; and
    2. certified that the person is prepared for the required practical test.
  • Meet the aeronautical experience requirements.
  • Pass the skill test in an aircraft of the category, class and type that is applicable to the aircraft rating sought.
  • Comply with the appropriate sections of this subpart that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought.
  • Meet the Language Proficiency Rating requirement.

Private Pilot Aeronautical Knowledge Requirements:

  1. Applicable laws and regulations rules of the air, appropriate air traffic services practices and procedures; as appropriate, relevant to the holder of a private pilot licence.
  2. Principles of operation of powerplant, transmission systems and instruments including limitation, relevant to the aircraft rating sought.
  3. Operating limitations of aircraft and powerplant; relevant operational information from the flight manual or other appropriate documents.
  4. Physical properties and practical application of gases used in free balloons.
  5. Effects of load and mass distribution on flight characteristics; mass and balance calculations.
  6. Use and application of take-off, landing and other performance data, including the effect of temperature.
  7. Different launch methods and associated procedures.

Pre-flight and en-route flight planning appropriate to private operations under VFR including

  1. Preparation and filing of air traffic services flight plans.
  2. Appropriate air traffic services procedures.
  3. Position reporting procedures.
  4. Altimeter setting procedures.
  5. Operations in areas of high-density traffic.
  6. Obtaining information on runway lengths at airports of intended use, data on takeoff and landing distances.
  7. Determining minimum fuel requirements.
  8. Planning for alternatives if the planned flight cannot be completed or delays are encountered.
  9. Human performance and limitations relevant to aeronautical decision making and judgement by a private pilot.
  10. Principles of flight.
  11. Radiotelephony procedures and phraseology as applied to VFR operations; action to be taken in case of communication failure.
  12. Accident reporting procedures.
  13. Use of the applicable portions of advisory material published by the Authority, including use of aeronautical documentation such as AIP, NOTAM, aeronautical codes and abbreviations.
  14. Use of aeronautical charts for VFR navigation, including practical aspects of air navigation through pilotage and dead-reckoning techniques.
  15. Altimetry.
  16. Applications of elementary aeronautical meteorology; procedures and legends of obtaining, meteorology information.
  17. Procurement and use of aeronautical weather reports and forecasts.
  18. Recognition and avoidance of critical or hazardous weather situations from the ground and in flight.
  19. Safe and efficient operation of aircraft, including collision avoidance.
  20. Recognition and avoidance of wake turbulence.
  21. Recognition and avoidance of windshear avoidance.
  22. Effects of density altitude on takeoff and climb performance.
  23. Stall awareness, spin entry, spins, and spin recovery techniques for aeroplane and glider category ratings.
  24. Appropriate precautionary and emergency actions to take to avoid rotorcraft operating hazards, such as setting with power, ground resonance, roll-over and other operating hazards.
  25. Appropriate precautionary and emergency actions to take to avoid operating hazards specifically relevant to lighter-than-air aircraft.


Private Pilot Aeronautical Requirements:

The requirements specified in this table are in addition to the requirements of Subsection 8.200, of the Civil Aviation Regulation, Schedule 8A.

(Note 1: In the table below, the abbreviations indicated the category and/or class of aircraft as follows: A = Aeroplane; TR = Transition from Aeroplane to Rotorcraft and RH = Rotorcraft Helicopter)


Table 1 – 8.200

Specific Experience

(1) Pilot time 45 45
(2) Flight Instruction – Aircraft Class 20 20 20
(3) Flight Instruction – Cross-Country 3 3
(4) Flight Instruction – Night 3 3
(5) Flight Instruction – Instruments 3 1 2
(6) Flight Instruction – Preparation for practical test (in previous 60 days) 3 3


(7) Solo Flight Time under the supervision of an Instructor  





(8) Solo Flight Time – Cross-Country 5 5
                  NUMBER OF SPECIAL EVENTS
(9) Night takeoffs and landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower. 10 5
(10) Solo takeoffs and landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower. 5 5
(11) Solo cross-country flight (of minimum specified nautical miles), in the course of which landings at two different points shall be made.






Credits for Jamaica Defence Force Applicants (Jamaican Citizens)

Active or retired Jamaica Defence Force personnel who have qualified to pilot wings standards, shall be deemed to have met the ground school instruction requirement, the written examination requirement, the course requirement and the skill requirement provided that:

  • the applicant meets the experience requirements of which a minimum of 10 hours flight time in the category of aircraft for which the licence is sought shall have been acquired in the 12 months preceding the date of application; and
  • the applicant obtains a minimum of 70% in the appropriate written Air Law examination. Schedule 8A, Section III.