Learning to fly is a commitment that pays benefits for a lifetime. Whether you’re interested in finding a new hobby, maybe hoping to use an airplane for personal or work related travel, or planning a career in the field of aviation, earning your wings can be one of the most satisfying experiences a person can have.
The Private Pilot License that you will earn upon the completion of our course, will allow you to fly any single- engine aircraft (with tricycle-style fixed landing gear and less than 200 horsepower) in visual flight conditions to any destination your interest takes you. After earning this license, simple instructor endorsements and new ratings can be added to allow for additional uses (retractable gear, higher performance, tailwheel, instrument flight, multi-engine, etc.).
The course runs from Spring through Fall and is a combination of classroom instruction, flight training and solo flight (to practice and build experience). Completion requires passing a written test at the end of the classroom portion and a flight exam with an authorized FAA representative at the end of the flight training portion.
Phase 1 of the course:
When you arrive for your lesson, you will first spend time on the ground discussing what you plan to accomplish that day. Following a close examination of the condition of the Cessna 172, you and your instructor will talk through the engine start, taxi out to the runway together, and right from the first lesson...you’re flying the plane. After 60 minutes of practice on the maneuvers of the day, it’s time for a return to the airport for landing. The lesson concludes with a post-flight discussion to answer any questions you may have and to plan for the next lesson. That’s the typical lesson during the first phase of the course, continually progressing from air work to learning how to land. Once your instructor is satisfied with your progress (and you’ve passed an aviation physical) he/she will authorize you to fly the airplane all by yourself. Your first solo flight - something you’ll never forget. Finally able to enjoy cruising the skies with no one next to you critiquing every move.
Phase 2:
Now that you can fly the airplane by yourself, it’s time to actually go somewhere. Phase 2 introduces navigation, towered airports and communicating with air traffic control. “Cross-country” flights (greater than 50 miles) make up the bulk of Phase 2 flying. Night flying is also included.
Phase 3:
This is where we wrap it all up. Any areas that you showed deficiency in will be concentrated on to prepare you for your test day. By this point you have: 1) accomplished the minimum required number of hours of solo flight, instruction, cross-country, and total time; 2) you’ve completed the written exam with a passing grade; and 3) your instructor is ready to recommend you for the flight examination with a representative of the FAA.
Just like your drivers license test, the flight exam is where you’ll demonstrate to the FAA all that you have learned. Once completed to their satisfaction, you are handed your Private Pilot License, an accomplishment that you will certainly be proud of.
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