Student Pilot Certificate Training Process
Stop dreaming about it and start flying. Our $49 introductory
"Discovery Flight" will let you experience first hand the exciting
world of flight. You will be given the opportunity to get
your hands on the controls and see what becoming a pilot is all
about. You will also have the opportunity to ask and get answers
to all your questions concerning the time required, the cost, the
level of effort - you've got questions, we've got answers.
Most are surprised at how easy it is to begin flying lessons.
It is very easy to get started. Just schedule a Discovery
Flight lesson, and give it a try. It is that simple.
If you like it, the next step after the Discovery Flight is to
enter the first phase of training. This phase will prepare
you to solo the airplane. Your will learn how to takeoff and
land, how to fly basic training maneuvers and how to find your way
around the local area. After you have mastered these skills
and your have proven your ability and knowledge to your instructor,
you will be allowed to fly the airplane solo in the local area.
Before your solo, you must have obtained a simple medical examination
and medical certificate from a local aviation medical doctor.
Your medical certificate is also your student pilot's license.
It usually takes about 10 to 15 hours of flying time to development
the skills required for solo flight. Expect to spend about
$1000 to $1500 dollars to complete this phase.
The next phase is the "cross-country" phase, where you learn how
to fly a trip, first with your instructor, and later, solo.
You will learn and apply many skills during this phase including
fundamentals of aviation weather, methods of navigation, communications
procedures, flight planning and fuel requirements, weight and balance
calculations, FAA rules and regulations, and how to handle abnormal
or emergency situations. This is a fun phase because you are
using the airplane to go places just like you will be able to do
once you are a private pilot.
Along the way, you will also be studying and completing your ground
school course. This prepares you for the FAA knowledge test
which is a computer administered, multiple-choice test. Completion
of the knowledge test and the cross-country phase readies you for
the final phase.
The final phase is the preparation for taking the practical test
or check ride. This is where you demonstrate your skills and
knowledge as a pilot to an examiner who will issue your private
pilot's certificate. This is where all the training comes
together. Complete this and you have joined the ranks of private
See the private pilot page
for additional information and a cost estimate for the entire private
pilot certificate course.