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With ATP License You Are Pilot In Command

September 28, 2012 Leave a comment

With ATP License You Are Pilot In CommandThe Airline Transport Pilot license or ATP is the pinnacle of your aviation career. By the time you have reached this level you are now a professional pilot. The ATP is required in order to be the pilot in command for an airline, corporate flight department, or charter operator. Usually required for insurance reasons it signifies that you and you alone are ultimately responsible for the safety and well being of the passengers or cargo aboard your aircraft.
Your ATP license can be obtained just like any other license or rating through training and the appropriate sign off, or usually its obtained through your employer. Most folks start out in the right seat at a regional airline or charter outfit. After paying their dues the company they work for puts them through the training required to obtain your ATP. Many times this is combined with at type rating in the aircraft you fly, if its required.

Basic ATP License Requirements

Here are just a few of the basics requirements for the ATP License.

  • You must be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English Language
  • You must be able to obtain a 1st class medical certificate
  • You must be 23 years of age
  • You must hold at least a commercial pilot license with instrument rating
  • You must have 1500 hours total flying time
  • You must have 500 cross country flight time
  • You must have 75 hour of actual or simulated instrument flight time
  • You must pass the FAA ATP written exam
  • You must pass the ATP Oral and Practical Exam
ATP Flight Training

The training for your ATP will be nothing new in terms of manoeuvres or procedures. The check ride will consist of manoeuvres and procedures you have already seen on you instrument, commercial and multi-engine check rides. The only difference is the standards you are expected to fly to. The tolerances are much tighter because at this point you are a professional pilot with a considerable amount of flight time and you are expect to be able to fly like it.
Training primarily focuses on polishing up your instrument flying skills it the multi-engine aircraft you will use for the check ride. If you do the training on your own it can be as little as 5-7 hours of prep. If you work for a large 135 outfit or 121 air-carrier its usually part of a FAA approved upgrade or transition training program.

ATP Testing

The test for the ATP as mentioned earlier is fairly straightforward. It’s a demonstration of your multi-engine and instrument skills held to a higher standard. Don’t sweat it though by the time you’ve reach this milestone it’s the flying that’s easy, it’s more about the aeronautical knowledge, decision making, and responsibility of the ATP license that can be daunting.

The FAA Pilot Tests for ATP License
Written Exam

The written test for the ATP like all other licenses and ratings is an 80 question computerized test. The questions consist primarily of part 135 and 121 regulations, hazardous materials, high altitude and high-speed aerodynamics, and transport category operating and Performance Data.

Oral Exam

Again like the written the test the oral examination is taken to a highest level in your aviation career. With the examiner focusing on the regulations appropriate to your type operation, ie 121 or 135. Also included is an in-depth discussion of the test aircrafts various systems. This especially holds true if a company check airman is administering your check ride.

Practical Exam

Hopefully by the time you pass the written and oral for the ATP the flight should be a breeze. The flight depending on your operation will be conducted in a multi-engine aircraft or flight simulator. The flight test is comprised mostly instrument procedures both multi and single engine. Other abnormal procedures may also be thrown in the mix with the simulator allowing fore more flexibility than a check ride in the aircraft. Like every other check ride aside from your instrument you will also have to demonstrate manoeuvres such as stalls and steep turns.

Individual Flight Training Courses

The Aviator Flight Training Academy offers a full line of flight training courses to meet the individual needs of each student.

ATP Multi-Engine Rating
  • 10 Hours Multi-Engine
  • Pre & Post Flight, Ground Instruction
  • NO FTDs (Simulators) are used towards flight time

$ 3,000.00
NOTE: Writtens and Checkrides are extra
No Simulators are used for flight time

Need more Multi-Time? – check out Aviator Time Building Packages

Contact Aviator Flight Traning Academy

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Flight Instructor Requirements, Training and Job Description

September 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Flight Instructor Requirements, Training and Job DescriptionHave you ever thought of flying a commercial airplane to distant locations? How about teaching others how to fly a plane? Both of these goals can be met by increasing the amount of flight time a person has by becoming a flight instructor.

A certification is needed to be able to teach other pilots how to fly. Some of the basic requirements are a valid medical certificate, ability to read and speak in English and pass the knowledge based and practical flight test. The requirements needed to become a flight instructor is a challenging route to a career, but also very rewarding.

Education Requirements to Become a Flight Instructor

The road to become a flight instructor starts with gaining a series of pilot certificates. In order to obtain the flight instructor certification, there will be others that need to be completed in sequence to get to that level. While there is not a formal degree requirement for any of the certifications, the appropriate courses will need to be completed.

The first certificate is that of a Private Pilot. A candidate must pass the FAA written and practical test. They must also be at least 17 years old, be able to communicate in English and hold a current third class medical certificate. Typical requirements for the flight school portion will be 40 hours of flight time with the time divided between solo and dual flights. Most programs can be finished in about 60 hours maximum.

A commercial pilot certificate is the next step to become a flight instructor. One condition for this certificate is that you must hold a Private Pilot Certificate, and attaining a passing score of the FAA knowledge and practical test pertaining to commercial flight is also required. The amount of flight time needed is about 190 to 250 hours of total pilot in command time, but the amount of time needed to go through the program, excluding flight time, is around 90 hours.

The final certification is the Certified Flight Instructor or CFI certificate. A candidate needs to have a Commercial Pilot Certificate prior to taking the exam, and you can expect to take a knowledge and practical test, pass the Fundamentals of Instructing. The type of certification you get will depend on the type of airplanes you expect to teach. A general CFI, CFI Instrument Rating Course and CFI Multi-Engine Course are all available. Most students can complete their training in as little as 20 hours.

Flight Instructor Job Description

A flight instructor is there to help other future pilot gain their “wings.” Only certified flight instructors may teach other pilots how to fly. Some of the duties they have include conducting dual flight instruction, ground instruction and perform flight briefings for students. They are typically responsible for the maintenance of the aircraft to ensure a safe flight, and flight instructors need to be able to make corrections in a way that is constructive and safe while in the air. The specific duties may vary depending on what type of place they are teaching, but the main focus of the job is to ensure that everyone that learns to fly does it safely.

FAA Flight Instructor Training Package

If you are looking to launch your Professional Pilot Career as a Certified Flight Instructor, then Aviator has the Instructor Course that’s right for you. You will receive up to 120 hours of ground instruction under the supervision of a Gold Seal Flight Instructor. In addition, you will receive the highest quality flight instruction necessary to become a superior flight instructor.

Requirements: FAA Single and Multi-engine Commercial Ratings with a minimum of 15 hours Multi-Engine PIC time. Our FAA-approved training curriculum for the Certified Flight Instructor ratings includes:

  • Multi-Engine Flight Instructor
  • Single Engine Flight Instructor
  • Instrument Flight Instructor
  • Up to 120 Hours of Ground Training
  • 21 Hours of Flight Training
  • Spin Training
  • Course Duration: two months
  • Job opportunities for those who qualify

Cost $ 6,495.00
NOTE: (Approx. $1,500.00 additional for Written exams and Checkride fees)
A $ 1000.00 non-refundable deposit is required to accompany the enrollment form, which will be applied to your flight training account.


Aviator Faculty and Flight Training Instructors are hired directly from the ranks of our graduating student population and have more than 200 hours of multi-engine flight time. The Faculty at Aviator College hold a minimum of a Bachelors Degree and teach all flight training, classroom based courses. The Academy Flight Instructors are hired directly from the ranks of Aviator graduates. The Flight Training Instructors work one-on-one with their students in the air. Students often complete the entire program with the same Flight Training Instructor, which allows them to find a comfortable relationship and learn faster. Flight Training Instructors are available to fly with students 24 hours-a-day, rain or shine. We encourage our Flight Training Instructors to provide actual instrument flight time with their students whenever possible to gain real-world experience. Our Flight Training Instructors continue to grow in their skills while flying in the high density traffic operations of Florida’s airspace.

To speak with an Flight Instructor contact the college at 772-672-8222.

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Private Pilot License, Foreign Pilot License and International Pilot Training Programs

September 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Private Pilot License, Foreign Pilot License and International Pilot Training ProgramsA private pilot license (PPL) or, in the US, a private pilot certificate, is a license that permits the holder to act as the pilot in command of an aircraft privately (not for pay). The requirements to obtain the license are determined by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO), but the actual implementation varies widely from country to country. According to the ICAO, it is obtained by successfully completing a course with at least 40 hours (45 in the UK and Spain) of flight time, passing seven written exams, completing an extensive solo cross country flight (minimum cumulative solo flight time is 10 hours), and successfully demonstrating flying skills to an examiner during a flight test or checkride (including an oral exam). In the US pilots can be trained under Title 14 of federal code part 141 which allows them to apply for their certificate in as little as 35 hours, however, most pilots require 60–70 hours of flight time to complete training.

A PPL may be issued by the FAA for American certification, the JAA for European certification, the CASA for Australian certification, or Transport Canada for Canadian certification. Each organization has different requirements. Insurance rates for private pilots are lower than those of sport or recreational pilots, because private pilots are trained to a higher degree.


A license will contain a number of sub-qualifications or ratings. These specify in more detail the actual privileges of the license, including the types of aircraft that can be flown, whether flight under Instrument Flight Rules and at night is allowed, and whether instructing and examining of trainee pilots is authorized. Ratings include Single and/or Multi-Engine Aircraft, Land or Seaplane, each of which require a checkride with an approved examiner.

Applying For Foreign Pilot License

If you are applying for a certificate issued on the basis of a foreign license under the provisions of:

  • 14 CFR Part 61, Section 61.75
  • special purpose pilot authorizations under Section 61.77
  • using a pilot certificate issued under Section 61.75 to apply for a commercial pilot certificate under Section 61.123 (h)
  • applying for an airline transport pilot certificate issued under Section 61.153 (d) (3)
  • applying for a certificate issued on the basis of a foreign license under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 63, Sections 63.23 and 63.42

The Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760 must have the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) verify the validity and currency of the foreign license and medical certificate or endorsement before you apply for an FAA certificate or authorization. The processing of the Verification of Authenticity of Foreign License, Rating, and Medical Certification form takes approximately 45 to 90 days to complete. NOTE: Do not schedule any travel and/or checkrides, etc until a valid Verification Letter has been obtained from AFS-760.

Foreign applicants who require a visit to a FAA Flight Standards District Office or are applying for the issuance or replacement of an airman certificate in accordance with 14 CFR 61.75 must contact their selected Flight Standards District Office upon receipt of this verification letter to schedule an appointment with a FAA Inspector or authorized certifying official. Do not anticipate an appointment earlier than two weeks after this initial contact, due to enhanced security procedures.

Rating or Medical Certificate

A person who is applying for a U.S. rating or medical certificate on the basis of a foreign license must apply for that certificate at least 90 days before arriving at the designated FAA FSDO where the applicant intends to receive the U.S. certificate. This initial application step is the responsibility of the applicant.
The information you submit to the Airmen Certification Branch must include your:

  • name and date of birth
  • address where you wish to have the verification of the authenticity letter mailed
  • certificate number and ratings on the foreign license
  • country of issuance of your foreign license
  • location of the FAA Flight Standards District Office where you intend to apply for your U.S. certificate
  • statement that your foreign license is not under an order of suspension or revocation

Note: The Airmen Certification Branch would prefer to have a copy of the foreign license and medical certificate or endorsement included with all requests for verification of authenticity of the foreign license.
When we receive verification from the CAA, you will receive written notification that we forwarded a copy to the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO)  you designated in your request. The verification is valid for 6 calendar months. You may apply for a U.S. certificate at the designated FSDO during that period.

You can mail the information to:
Federal Aviation Administration
Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760
P.O. Box 25082
Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0082

International Airline Pilot Training Programs at Aviator Flight Training Academy

The F-1 visa Professional Pilot Program is for the international student who wishes not only to receive the FAA certificates and ratings, but also to stay on as a flight instructor to build flight time towards the ATP (Airline Transportation Pilot) Certificate. The F-1 Visa is valid up to 24 calendar months. The program consists of approximately 259 flight hours, 344 hours of ground and 40 hours in a CRJ Simulator. For further information please consult the International Students section of our website under Visa Information for additional insurance requirements.

The M-1 Visa Commercial Program is for the international student who only wishes to study up to the FAA Multi-Engine Commercial Certificate and to return home. The M-1Visa Commercial Program, takes typically 4 to 6 months to complete. The program consists of approximately 250 flight hours, 144 ground hours and 40 hours in a CRJ Simulator For further information please contact our recruiting office

Aviator’s Professional Pilot Programs are formatted to provide the training that the airline industry is demanding for their future commercial pilots. Participation in one of our Professional Pilot Programs will be one of the most intensive and challenging flight and study programs offered in aviation training today.

Due to the nature of the education provided the programs are divided into two segments: Ground Training & Flight Training. The ground school portion is a structured classroom environment. During the flight training portion no FTDs (Simulators) are used for flight time requirements. The school’s new 37,000 sq. ft. flight training facilities are open daily from 7 am to 7 pm. Provisions are made to access the aircraft for flight training 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.

Application must be made 6 to 8 weeks prior to your preferred start date. A deposit of $ 500.00 for your Application and $ 500.00 for the Visa application must accompany the enrollment form. This deposit will be refunded at the completion of your program, less $150.00 administrative fee and any related visa shipping fees, or applied to your bill.

Training Requirements May vary depending on individual countries civil aviation requirements.

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Commercial Pilots Skills, Training and Knowledge

September 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Commercial Pilots Skills, Training and KnowledgeCommercial airline pilots transport people and cargo by airplane. Additionally, commercial pilots may do other types of flying, including dusting crops, tracking criminals, reporting traffic conditions and rescuing stranded individuals in remote areas. Flying a plane involves monitoring dials and gauges to maintain the proper elevation and speed. You are also responsible for cargo and people aboard the flight. Through communication with air traffic control, you’re able to safely take off, fly and land your plane.

Knowledge and Experience of Commercial Pilot
  1. Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  2. Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  3. Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  4. Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  5. Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  6. Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  7. Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Career Paths and Specializations

As a commercial airline pilot, you may serve as the captain or first officer, also called the co-pilot. As the captain, you hold the main responsibility for the flight. The co-pilot position is an assistant to the captain and helps when needed and as directed by the captain. Typically, you’ll start out as a co-pilot and work your way to a captain position. Specializations within the commercial aviation industry include charter pilots and crop dusters. Some pilots also fly planes specifically for firefighters and aerial photographers. Another specialization includes flight instructors.

Career Skills and Requirements

Typically, a 2-year college degree is required to work as a pilot. However, training in the military can often be substituted for a college degree. All pilots paid to transport people or cargo must hold a license. In order to become licensed, you need to have flight experience. Flight experience can be gained in the military or through flight school. All licensing is regulated through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA requires you to be at least 18 years old and to have a minimum of 250 flight hours. You must also pass physical, written and practical exams.
Being a pilot also requires:

  • Good vision and hearing
  • Attention to details
  • Ability to focus for long periods of time
  • Ability to handle stressful situations and remain calm
Flight School Pro Pilot Programs

The programs at Aviator Academy are designed to provide what the airline industry demands of future commercial pilots. The training you will receive at Aviator is one of the most intensive and challenging programs offered in aviation today.

The school’s new 37,000 sq. ft. training facilities are open from 7 am to 6 pm daily and provisions are made to access the aircraft for flight training 24 hours-a-day, rain or shine.


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Airline Pilot Job Description

September 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Airline Pilot Job DescriptionAs highly trained professionals, pilots operate airplanes and helicopters to provide a wide variety of services. While the majority of pilots work as airline pilots, copilots, or flight engineers, a fifth of all pilots are commercial pilots—a job that entails numerous atypical duties including crop dusting, seed-spreading (for reforestation), aircraft testing, firefighting supervision/assistance, criminal tracking, traffic monitoring, cargo and passenger transport to non-airline serviced areas and rescue and evacuation of wounded persons. Outlined below you will find a good overview of a pilot job provided by hcareers.

Pilot Job Overview

Airline pilots have a glamorous job, piloting large aircraft loaded with passengers all around the world. It takes a lot of training just to get licensed to fly these aircraft, let alone get hired by a major airline. Airlines have good and bad times and pilots are frequently laid off. Once a pilot builds some seniority and stability, the financial rewards can be great. Pilots have a tremendous amount of responsibility and must make critical decisions in seconds, as the US Airways crash on the Hudson River illustrates.

Pilot Job Description

An airline pilot’s job description is to safely fly an airliner, but a pilot does much more than just fly. A typical day may start with the pilot using computer skills to check weather and flight plans. The plane must be pre-flighted and all aircraft logs reviewed. When ready, the pilot will oversee the push-back and then taxi to the runaway. While flying, in addition to monitoring aircraft systems, the pilot must communicate with the FAA and the company. Pilots may work long hours and strange shifts, often being away from home for several days.

Pilot Education

Having a college degree is important when applying for positions. Although not strictly required, airlines like American Airlines prefer a college degree or equivalent.(See Reference 1) Since many pilots are former military officers, they will all have college degrees. Without a degree, your application may stay buried below more qualified applicants. The degree does not have to be an aviation related field of study. Many pilots have degrees in fields ranging from law to engineering.(See Reference 2)

Pilot Training

Civilian pilots must go through rigorous flight training before they are finally rated for airliners. To fly large aircraft, a pilot must have an Airline Transport Pilot rating, or ATP ticket. In addition to having achieved all the lower ratings, there is also a requirement for total flying time and for time as Pilot-in-Command. Airlines favor former military pilots because of the quality training they receive. (See Resource 2) Once hired, pilots will receive extensive training for the aircraft they will fly and frequent recurrent training for the life of their career.

Pilot Salary

The pay a pilot receives is based on many variables. Seniority, type of aircraft flown and whether the pilot is a Captain or First Officer all affect the pay level. The hours that a pilot may fly is regulated by the FAA. Most pilots will fly between 75 to 80 hours a month. Starting out, a 1-year seniority pilot flying regional small narrow-body aircraft can expect a range from $21 to $41 per hour. The same pilot flying narrow-body aircraft can expect anywhere from $30 to $75 per hour. The highest paying position will be piloting wide-body aircraft. The 1-year seniority pilot will earn from $30 to $75 per hour. But after 10-years seniority, this pilot can expect $99 to $235 per hour.(See Reference 3)

Career Advancement Opportunities

Flying wide-body aircraft on over-seas routes is the pinnacle for airline pilots. Because of the flying time restraints mandated by the FAA, an over-seas pilot can reach his maximum flying time relatively quick, leaving him with more time off in that month.(See Reference 2) There are other jobs besides being a line pilot. There are pilots that conduct flight-testing after major maintenance. Some pilots conduct recurrent training and checkouts. Other pilots may choose to go into management, supervising pilot operations.


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Pilot Training Program With Aviator Flight Training Academy 259 Flight Hours

Aviator Flight Training Academy offers professional pilot training programs with a minimum of 200 hours of multi-engine time. The flight school has a state of the art 37,000 square foot facility, featuring a CRJ Level 5 Flight Training Device (Simulator), large classrooms and individual briefing rooms.


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The Importance Of A Professional Flight School

September 17, 2012 Leave a comment

The Importance Of A Professional Flight SchoolAttending a professional flight school is necessary to achieve your dream of becoming a pilot. So, stop dreaming and let your career take flight at professional flight schools. There are over 1400 of flight schools in USA and finding the right flight training school can be difficult. How do you choose? Consider these factors to guide your decision.

Complete Learning Experience Only At Professional Flight Schools

There’s a lot more to professional flight schools than just learning how to fly. Before you even get in the air, you need to make sure the aircraft’s engines, controls, instruments, and other systems are functioning properly. You must also ensure that baggage or cargo has been loaded correctly. Plus, you’ll find out about weather conditions en route and at your destination, and then choose a route, altitude, and speed that will provide the safest and most economical flight. Your job’s not done once you’re on the ground, either. A professional pilot must complete records on the flight and the aircraft maintenance status for the company and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

High Quality of Flight Training Programs

Bringing your dream to life starts at professional flight schools. To qualify for a commercial pilot’s license from the FAA, you’ll need at least 250 hours of flight experience, or the equivalent that you’d earn from FAA-approved professional flight schools. The FAA has certified about 600 professional flight schools, including some colleges and universities that offer degree credit for professional pilot training. Enrollment in FAA-approved professional flight schools generally ensures a high quality of training, as these schools meet prescribed standards with respect to equipment, facilities, personnel, and curricula.

Pilot’s Career and Marketability

Training at professional flight schools increases your marketability when you’re pounding the pavement. In fact, many airlines require a college degree and prefer to hire graduates with professional flight experience. Employers also give an edge to applicants who’ve earned multiple FAA licenses. Many pilots learn to fly in the military, but a growing number have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from a civilian flight school. All pilots who are paid to transport passengers or cargo must have a commercial pilot’s license and an instrument rating. In May 2010, median annual wages of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers were $103,210, and median annual wages of commercial pilots were $67,500 (source

Flight Training Degrees

Aviation Associates of Science Degree

The Aviation Science Technology Associate Degree program combines academic studies and flight training to prepare graduates for a wide variety of positions within the air transportation industry, including general, airline, and corporate aviation.

The curriculum provides the flight training necessary to operate in the high-density environment of modern airspace. All flight training courses are taken at an FAA-certified and licensed facility. Through the course of the Associate in Science Degree in Aviation Science Technology program, students will be eligible to take the following Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification examinations: Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot, Instrument Pilot, and Flight Instructor. Students will be eligible to take the Instrument Flight Instructor, Multi-Engine, and Multi-Engine Instructor certification examinations through the course of the Associate in Science Degree in Advanced Aviation Science Technology.

The Bachelor of Science Degree

Aviation Technology The Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Aviation Technology combines an aviation technical specialty with a solid general education. Whether a student is preparing to embark on an aviation career or is already an established professional in the aviation field, he/she will be prepared to meet the challenges of the diverse and dynamic aviation industry. Additionally, FAA certifications and ratings in Air Traffic Control, Aviation Maintenance, Flight Operations, Dispatch Operations and/or Military Aviations Operations may be evaluated for transfer credit

The Master’s Degree in Aviation Science

The Master’s Degree in Aviation Science will allow aviation professionals to significantly enhance their overall knowledge of the aviation and aerospace industry, in addition to pursuing more exhilarating and challenging careers. This program is designed for the aviation professional and will provide you with a broad-based curriculum so that you are able to expand your knowledge and become more accomplished within the aviation and aerospace industry. As a graduate, you will be prepared for a beyond entry-level occupation in aviation. Coursework includes but is not limited to classes in airfield operations and management, aerospace simulation systems, security for the aviation industry, aerospace communications systems and airway transportation systems.

Before spending thousands of dollars on your college education and flight training, we recommend you come and visit us here at the Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology.

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Pilot Training, Checkrides and Preparation Tips For Student Pilots

September 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Pilot Training, Checkrides and Preparation Tips For Student PilotsFlight schools work tirelessly to get you ready for one day in particular, your checkride. Flight schools are even graded based upon the pass fail rate of theirs didn’t pilots during their checkride. Your CFI is graded based upon the pass fail rate of his or her students .

Remember, there is no way in the world your CFI would recommend you take your checkride if he or she did not think you are absolutely 100% ready.

Verbalize Your Actions

Throughout the entire process of the practical side of your checkride make sure you’re verbalizing everything you do. This will ensure your examiner understands you’re well aware of what needs to be done and the fact that you’re doing it. A good example of this would be clearing turns. Simply say under your breath but loud enough that he or she can hear you, “clearing to the left” and “clearing to the right.” You may think this is redundant or pointless but, it’s a good safeguard.

Be the Pilot-in-Command

As you’re walking out to the aircraft with the designated examiner constantly reinforce to your self “I am the pilot in command, he or she is a passenger.” As you approach the aircraft talk to your examiner as if they had never been in a small aircraft prior to that day. Let them know what you’re going to do and let them know what you need of them. Once you’re in the cockpit make sure it you do not forget to pre-flight passenger briefing. This is critical. It is an FAA requirement for your passengers to have their seat belts on during takeoff and landing.

You’re a Pilot Until Proven Otherwise

Most student pilots are extremely nervous about taking a checkride. In reality, the designated examiner goes into this process believing you have exactly what it takes to be a private pilot certificate holder. He or she will trust the CFI’s decision to sign off your authorization to take your checkride. At this point the only way you can fail is if you prove you’re not capable of piloting the plane safely. Similar to our legal system in the United States where you’re innocent until proven guilty, during your checkride you’re a pilot until proven otherwise.

Set your Radio Pre-sets

Since you have already planned out your initial flight and gone over this with your designated examiner, you will know exactly what VOR you will need to use when you first leave the airport. You’ll also know the departure frequency for the control tower you’ll be using. Do yourself a huge favor and have these items already programmed into your NAV/COM system. There is no reason you need to be doing your takeoff procedures and fumbling with your NAV/COM in order to get your proper VOR frequency dialed in.

Handling Checkride Disagreements with Examiners

Designated examiners don’t intentionally alienate customers. They know that, in many places, students and instructors have a choice when selecting an examiner to administer the practical test. They want instructors to keep bringing students to them almost as much as they want to ensure that candidates for the private pilot certificate are ready to take on those privileges and responsibilities safely. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for confusion and disagreement.

Logbook endorsements are often at the heart of disputes over whether or not a candidate is qualified to take the practical test. These endorsements must be precisely worded to meet the standards set out in the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). For many years, instructors endorsed their students’ logbooks with the words, “I have given the necessary instruction and find the student competent to pass the checkride.” Updated language for FAR 61.39 calls for the endorsement to say that the student “has received and logged” the appropriate training time and is “prepared for” the checkride. This change was designed, in part, to help students who have had more than one instructor save time and money. Under the old wording, the instructor signing the endorsement was required to provide all of the needed instruction. The newer wording allows a student’s second or subsequent instructor to provide the endorsement even though another instructor provided some portion of the training. According to FAR 61.49, an instructor endorsing a student to retake the practical test must say that the student is “proficient to pass” the exam. The exact wording of an endorsement may seem trivial, but many examiners are reluctant to accept wording that they consider to be obsolete.

While disagreements over actual test procedures are infrequent, you can reduce the likelihood of running into problems by familiarizing yourself with the rules, which are described in FAR 61.43. The examiner may also explain the ground rules to you before the test begins. Professional test-givers know that applicants relax when they understand the process from the outset.

Hopefully these tips will help you get ready for your checkride. Remember, there is no secret formula for passing your checkride. Either you know what you’re doing or you don’t.

Flight School Pro Pilot Programs At Aviator

The programs at Aviator Academy are designed to provide what the airline industry demands of future commercial pilots. The training you will receive at Aviator is one of the most intensive and challenging programs offered in aviation today.

The school’s new 37,000 sq. ft. training facilities are open from 7 am to 6 pm daily and provisions are made to access the aircraft for flight training 24 hours-a-day, rain or shine.

During your flight training you will fly a total of 259 hours, of which 200 hours will be in a multi-engine aircraft. The ground school portion is a structured classroom environment. You will receive a minimum of 643 instructional hours, including all of the ground and flight training.

Please contact us to receive detailed information about pilot training courses of your choice or schedule a visit to see Aviator Flight Training Academy.

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