35 hours ground school, books and materials, written and flight tests, 35 hours total flight time. National average is about 50-60 hours of flight time to become proficient to pass the "check ride."
Private pilot training is divided into two parts, ground school and flight training. During your initial flight training, you will learn the basics of flying, navigation, planning, and cross country flying. Ground school teaches you the principles, procedures and regulations you will put into practice in an airplane.