As a current private pilot, the following checklist is required to fly:
- A valid pilot certificate (aircraft single engine land or water as applicable).
- To comply with the medical requirements by holding a current and valid 3rd class medical).
- A current flight review (recorded in logbook).
- Fly a sport pilot-eligible airplane (light-sport aircraft) or non-LSA (heavier and more than 2 occupants).
- Operate within the privileges and limitations of the Private pilot certificate 61.113.
- Operate within the category/class ratings (airplane) on your pilot certificate and/or endorsements
- Fly at night
- Fly above 10,000 feet
- Fly as incidental to business rather than sport pilot limitations of no in furtherance of a business.
- Fly into all Class B airports, the biggest and busiest of the 10 airports in the USA, rather than be restricted to the smaller Class B airports.
- Fly out of the country, without prior authorization.
Specific regulations:§ 61.113 Private pilot privileges and limitations: Pilot in command. (a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) through (g) of this section, no person who holds a private pilot certificate may act as pilot in command of an aircraft that is carrying passengers or property for compensation or hire; nor may that person, for compensation or hire, act as pilot in command of an aircraft. (b) A private pilot may, for compensation or hire, act as pilot in command of an aircraft in connection with any business or employment if:
- (1) The flight is only incidental to that business or employment; and
- (2) The aircraft does not carry passengers or property for compensation or hire.
- (1) A local, State, or Federal agency; or
- (2) An organization that conducts search and location operations.