Getting Started

Important note to prospective customers (1/28/17): Our schedule is currently at capacity, and we are unable to accept additional full-time students. Several of our students are nearing completion of their training, and as this occurs, additional slots on the schedule will become available. In the meantime, we encourage you to schedule a discovery flight (step 1 below) and begin reading through the flight training materials outlined on our Private Pilot training page (step 3 below). Please let us know if you’d like to be placed on the waiting list, and we will contact you when the schedule opens up. Thank you!

1. If you’ve never flown in a small airplane before, we recommend scheduling a Discovery Flight. This introductory lesson will give you the opportunity to actually fly the airplane and decide whether you want to continue training.

2. Register for an account on our scheduling system. Lessons are booked in 2.5-hour blocks starting at 7 am, 9:30 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm, and 6 pm, with extended evening hours in the spring and summer months. We are available for training every day except Monday. Our office is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and also during EAA AirVenture (the last week in July; see www.airventure.org). We recommend scheduling lessons at least once a week; twice a week is best.

3. Visit our Private Pilot training page. Here, you can download, print and review our syllabus and other necessary documents.

4. Make an appointment with an FAA Aviation Medical Examiner for a Third Class Medical Certificate. A list of approved physicians can be found on the FAA’s website. Then, complete the online medical history form. Note: All student pilots must possess a Third Class Medical Certificate to be eligible for solo flight. If you have held a valid FAA medical certificate at any time after July 15, 2006, and it has not been revoked, than you may qualify to fly under the FAA’s new BasicMed rule which goes into effect in May. For further details, visit AOPA.org.

5. If you are a U.S. citizen, you must provide proof of citizenship in the form of a valid, unexpired U.S. Passport or a birth certificate and government issued photo I.D. We need to keep copies of these documents on file after your first flight lesson.

6. Apply for and obtain a Student Pilot Certificate from the FAA. The student must complete the application using the FAA’s online portal (IACRA); then it must be approved and submitted by the student’s instructor. The new, plastic student pilot certificates will be issued by FAA Headquarters and can take up to three weeks to arrive in the mail. Paper certificates issued prior to April 1, 2016 will be valid until they expire.

You must first register for an account on the IACRA website. Click the link in the upper right corner of the IACRA home page. Check the box “Applicant” and when prompted to enter your Airman Certificate Number, leave those fields blank. Under SSN it is strongly suggested that you check the box “Do Not Use.” Once submitted, the application will need to be approved, signed and re-submitted by your instructor in your presence.

Our Office

855-14 St. John’s Bluff Road
Suite 3G
Jacksonville, Florida 32225
Directions: From Atlantic Blvd, turn north onto Saint Johns Bluff Road. You will see the airport at the intersection. Turn right into the airport at Aviation Drive. Turn left at Charles Lindbergh Drive and continue to the end where you'll see the Craig Air Center main hangar straight ahead. Our office is on the left.
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