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Flight Training - Training Curriculum

Private Pilot Certificate:

General Requirements:

  • 17 years of age (16 years to solo).
  • Read, cialis and write, speak, and understand the English language.
  • Obtain a Third Class Flight Physical.
  • Receive and log flight training from an Authorized Instructor.
  • Pass the FAA written test.
  • Meet aeronautical experience requirements.
  • Pass the FAA Practical Test (checkride).

 

FAA Requirements:

  • Minimum 40 hours total flight time.
  • 20 hours dual flight time.
  • 3 hours cross country.
  • 3 hours night instruction including 10 takeoffs & landings and a 150nm cross country.
  • 3 hours instrument training.
  • 3 hours flight test preparation.
  • 10 hours solo flight time.

Private Pilot Curriculum

Pre-solo:

  • Flight preparation procedures
  • Preflight inspections
  • Powerplant operations
  • Aircraft systems
  • Taxiing and runups.
  • Takeoffs and landings.
  • Normal and crosswind conditions.
  • Straight and level flight.
  • Shallow, medium and steep back turns in both directions.
  • Climbs and climbing turns.
  • Airport traffic pattern, entry and departure.
  • Collision and wake turbulence avoidance.
  • Descents with and without turns using high and low
  • drag configurations.
  • Flights from cruise to minimum controllable airspeed.
  • Emergency procedures and equipment malfunctions.
  • Ground reference maneuvers.
  • Approach to landings, idle and partial power.
  • Slips to landings.
  • Go-arounds: From final and in the flare in various
  • configurations and during turns.
  • Forced landings: Takeoff, initial climb, cruise,
  • descent and landing pattern.
  • Stall entries from various attitudes and power
  • combinations; partial stall through full stalls.
  • Stall awareness, knowledge in spin entry, spins, an
  • spin recovery techniques.
  • Written test: General knowledge.

First Solo:

  • Released for pattern solo.
  • Released for area solo.
  • 90 day endorsement due.

Post Solo:

  • Short and soft field takeoff, approach and landing
  • procedures, including crosswind takeoff and landings.
  • Takeoffs at best angle and best rate of climb.
  • Forward and side slips to landing.
  • Area solo and solo practice short and soft field

Cross-Country:

  • The use of aeronautical charts for VFR Navigation using pilotage and dead reckoning with the aid of magnetic compass.
  • Aircraft cross-country performance and procurement and analysis of weather reports and forecasts including recognition of critical weather situations and estimating visibility when in flight.
  • Cross-country emergency conditions.
  • Lost procedures.
  • Adverse weather conditions.
  • Simulated precautionary off-airport approaches and landings.

Traffic Pattern Procedures:

  • Normal area arrival and departure.
  • Collision avoidance.
  • Wake turbulence precaution.
  • Recognition of operational problems area in which the cross-country is to be flown.
  • Proper operation of the instruments and equipment installed in the aircraft to be flown.
  • Control and maneuvering solely by reference to flight instruments, including straight and level
  • flight, climbs, descents and turns, unusual attitude recovery, and the use of radio aids and radar
  • directives.
  • The use of radios for VFR navigation and two-way communications.
  • Night flying procedures including takeoffs, lands, go-arounds and VFR navigation.
  • First dual cross-country.

Flight Test Preparation:

  • Computer weather briefing (DUAT).
  • Endorsement for solo cross-country.
  • First solo cross-country.
  • Dual flight review - night flight.
  • Preparation for Private Pilot Flight Test.

 

 

Flying Is...

"You can always tell when a man has lost his soul to flying. The poor bastard is hopelessly committed to stopping whatever he is doing long enough to look up and make sure the aircraft purring overhead continues on course and does not suddenly fall out of the sky. It is also his bound duty to watch every aircraft within view take off and land". >Ernest K Gann, 'Fate is the Hunter'