FLIGHT TRAINING FAQ

I've taken a Discovery Flight and I liked it. Now what?

We'll pair you with a Flight Instructor, and the two of you will coordinate what schedule works best. This includes how often you want to do lessons, and what times and days work best for you.

What can I expect from my first lesson after the Discovery Flight?

Your instructor will introduce you to the training syllabus, and show you how the office works - things like how to schedule a lesson online, and where to pick up the keys for the airplane. Then you'll out head out to the hangar. The first lesson is a progression of the Discovery Flight. You'll fly most of the lesson, learning basic aircraft controls. The instructor will go more in depth on each subject than you saw during the Discovery Flight.

What is a training syllabus?

The syllabus is a schedule of lessons that act as a guide for your flight training. It explains what skills or maneuvers you will practice during each flight, so you'll know ahead of time what to expect. It also helps you track your progress toward completing your training. Your instructor can use their discretion to change the order of lessons on occasion if it helps advance your training. They'll let you know ahead of time if a lesson is being switched.

How long are lessons?

Depending on what skills and maneuvers you are practicing that day, most flights are about 90 minutes. You'll also spend about 30 minutes with your instructor during Pre- and Post-Flight Ground Training. The total lesson is usually 2 hours.

What do Solo and Dual mean?

You'll hear these terms a lot. A Dual flight means your instructor is onboard with you, teaching and helping you maintain safety of flight. Solo flight means you are by yourself in the airplane. The instructor will brief you on what skills and maneuvers you should practice. After the flight your instructor will debrief you, giving you another opportunity to learn from your practice.

When do I get to Solo?

Your first solo flight is a big achievement. Because you are flying by yourself, your instructor will first ensure you can safely and consistently control and land the airplane. Most students are ready to solo after 15-20 hours of flight instruction. Your mileage may vary- if weeks go by between lessons, it will take more flight time to be ready.

I Solo'd! Now What?

After you solo your training will shift to Cross-Country work - flights to airports more than 50 miles away. At first you'll do these lessons with your instructor, practicing your navigation skills. After a few lesson you will practice these flights by yourself.

What Happens after my Cross-Country flights?

You will continue to hone your skills with local solo flights. You will also practice flying at night with your instructor. Pretty soon your training will wrap up with checkride prep flights- a few lessons where you'll practice all the maneuvers on the Practical Test (the "checkride"). Your instructor will make sure all the Private Pilot License requirements for flight time and skills are met. If you haven't taken your Private Pilot Written Test yet, you'll need to get it done in order to qualify for the Practical Test.

What is the Practical Test?

After all your training is complete, you'll take the Private Pilot Practical Test. You'll meet with a Designated Examiner, who will first give you an oral exam to ensure you understand the knowledge requirements of the license. Then you'll fly with the Examiner, demonstrating the maneuvers you've learned in training. At the successful completion of the flight, the Examiner will issue you a Private Pilot License. Congratulations!