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A private pilot license (PPL) or, a private pilot certificate, is a license that permits the holder to act as the pilot of an aircraft privately (not for pay). The requirements to obtain the license are determined by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO), but the actual implementation varies widely from country to country. In Zimbabwe, it is obtained by successfully completing a course with at least 40 hours of flight time, passing 8 written exams, completing an extensive solo cross country flight (minimum cumulative solo flight time is 10 hours), and successfully demonstrating flying skills to an examiner during a flight test or checkride (including an oral exam). Most pilots require 50–60 hours of flight time to complete training. The minimum age for a private pilot certificate is 17 for powered flight (airplanes, helicopters, and gyroplanes). Pilots can begin training at any age and can solo powered aircraft at age 16, under the privaledges of an Students Pilots Licence (SPL).

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