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Joined 02/13/2020 - 17 Posts
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How many Flight hours do I need to get before I take the FAA Exam?
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Joined 06/11/2017 - 703 Posts
Which exam? Written or practical? Which certificate? Private? Commercial? Airplane? Helicopter?  And are you asking about flight hours in the aircraft or simulator hours?  Because simulator time isn't flight time.
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Joined 02/13/2020 - 17 Posts
Written, PPL, Simulator Hours.
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Joined 06/11/2017 - 703 Posts
There is no requirement for any flight or simulator time before taking the PP written.  That said, there's a lot on the written which will make more sense to you if you've got some of the flight training under you belt, but there's no reason you can't pass the written with nothing but academic training.
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Joined 02/13/2020 - 17 Posts
Alrighty, I was just wondering because one of the guys in my flight class said I had to have so many hours in the simulator before jumping into the real aircraft.
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Joined 06/11/2017 - 703 Posts
You don't need any sim training before starting flight training.  You don't need to do the written before starting flight training.  And it's a good thing you've come here for reliable answers rather than "one of the guys in [your] flight class".  You might also ask one of the instructors in your class for answers to questions like this.  Another good place for answers about beginning flight training is on this AOPA web site:

https://www.aopa.org/training-and-safety/learn-to-fly
 
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Joined 02/13/2020 - 17 Posts
Thank you for the info.
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Joined 09/26/2018 - 29 Posts
There is no substitute for real world training, but today's simulator software and hardware is capable of providing a great deal of value.   Sounds like your school may have an AATD or BATD level simulator?   But for real value right through to cross country and PPL checkride and on through instrument training, consider putting together a home simulator.   Forget about logging hours, but be ready for huge savings in time and $$.   

An excellent article by Rod Machado explains in detail.
https://rodmachado.com/blogs/learning-to-fly/the-power-of-simulators

Send me a PM if I can be of more assistance on home flightsim software and hardware choices and a wide variety of outstanding online and internet based resources for supporting your real world training.   
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Joined 02/13/2020 - 17 Posts
Ah, Thank for the info, I play a lot of X-plane 11 at home.
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Joined 09/26/2018 - 29 Posts
To avoid bad habits, you need a sim friendly CFI at your side.   Then fly some real world hours for pattern work and basic maneuvers.   Then back to the sim to the point where you know and perform the procedures well in different wind conditions.   Quality hardware is also essential.   Well worth the investment.   
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Joined 02/13/2020 - 17 Posts
Yes, I normally use real time and real weather within the simulation.