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. We are available for training seven days a week. We recommend scheduling one or two lessons per week. Lessons should be scheduled in 2.5-hr blocks: 7 – 9:30 am, 9:30 am – 12 pm, 1 – 3 pm, 3:30 – 6 pm, and 6 – 8:30 pm. Night flights are also available after 8:30 pm, as required to meet training requirements.
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 If you have held a valid FAA medical certificate at any time after July 15, 2006, and it has not been revoked, than you may qualify to fly under the FAA’s new BasicMed rule which goes into effect in May.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.