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Student Pilot Training FAQ

Student Pilot Training FAQAttending a FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) –accredited pilot training school is important for students who are interested in aviation career of becoming a private pilot or a professional airline pilot. In order to become a licensed pilot, you must learn necessary skills, take courses on flight and pass a FAA medical exam. After this, you must take the Recreational Pilot and Private Pilot Knowledge Test and Recreational Pilot and Private Pilot Practical Test. There are numerous FAA-accredited pilot training schools across the country to help you achieve your goal of becoming a professional pilot. Outlined below are general questions and asnwers from FAA to start you on the right track in your pilot training in USA.

Where can I get flying lessons?

Contact any airport that handles private aircraft or the nearest FAA Flight Standards District Office.

Does my pilot training include a written test?

Yes. Before flying solo, you must be familiar with some of the FAA’s rules and with the flight characteristics and operational limitations of the make and model of the aircraft you will fly. Your flight instructor will give you some materials to study, and then test your knowledge. If you pass, your instructor will endorse your student pilot’s certificate for solo flight. The endorsement means that your instructor thinks you are competent to make solo flights.

When do I have to get the endorsement?

Within 90 days of your first solo flight.

After I’ve soloed, can I fly cross-country alone?

Not right away. Your instructor must review your pre-flight planning and preparation for solo cross-country flight and determine that the flight can be made safely under known circumstances and conditions. The instructor must also endorse your logbook before cross- country flight stating you are considered competent to make the flight. [Note: The relevance of the following sentence is not clear.]Under certain conditions, an instructor may authorize repeated solo flights over a given route.

As a student pilot, can I carry passengers with me before getting my recreational or private pilot’s certificate?


Must I have an FCC radiotelephone operator’s permit to operate an aircraft radio transmitter?


What is the difference between a recreational pilot’s certificate and a private pilot’s certificate?

As a recreational pilot, you have to fly within 50 nautical miles of the airport where you learned to fly, you have to fly during the day, and you can’t fly in airspace where communications with air traffic control are required. A private pilot doesn’t have these limitations. It usually takes fewer lessons to get a recreational pilot’s certificate than a private pilot’s certificate.

What is the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP)?

The mission of the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP) is to ensure that foreign students seeking training at flight schools regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) do not pose a threat to aviation or national security. Section 612 of the Vision 100 – Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act (Public Law 108-176, December 12, 2003) prohibits flight schools regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from providing flight training to a foreign student unless the Secretary of Homeland Security first determines that the student does not pose a threat to aviation or national security. Vision 100 transferred responsibility for conducting security threat assessments for foreign students seeking flight training from the Department of Justice to the Department of Homeland Security. On September 20, 2004, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued an interim final rule establishing the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP).

Pilot Training Program With Aviator Flight Training Academy

For more than 27 years Aviator has been the leader in multi-engine flight training. We have provided over 5000 professional pilots to the airline industry, both nationally and worldwide, through our Professional Pilot Flight Training Programs. Our FAA-certified Part 141 approved flight programs provide students with the skills and experience demanded by today’s commercial aviation industry. Aviator is accredited by the ACCSC (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges).

Our Professional Pilot Program is set in a flight training, structured environment to ensure the student receives the knowledge that is required to be a professional pilot. This program is from 0 hours to over 250 hours, of which 200 hours will be multi-engine time. The program includes Private Pilot Single Engine through the Multi-Engine Flight Instructor Certificate. Cross Country flying is coast-to-coast, if desired.

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