Getting Started Checklist
Contact us to schedule your orientation. This may be combined with a Discovery Flight, if you have no previous flight experience. All orientations are conducted and billed as regular ground instruction. During the orientation your instructor will:
- Collect your proof of U.S. Citizenship (or, if you are not a citizen, review and make copies of your passport and VISA)
- Complete the online application for your FAA Student Pilot Certificate.
- Review all Holladay Aviation policies and procedures.
- Schedule your first flight lesson.
Gather proof of U.S. citizenship: unexpired U.S. Passport, or a U.S. birth certificate. If you are not a citizen, you must submit an application to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and obtain authorization to train. We’ll also need a copy of your driver’s license.
Download and review the latest version of the FAA Airman Certification Standards.
Purchase the Sporty’s Private Pilot Learn To Fly online course. If you prefer hard-copy books, then purchase the FAA Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge and the FAA Airplane Flying Handbook (both of which are available in digital form).
Schedule an appointment with a FAA Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) for a Third Class medical certificate. You do not need this certificate to begin training, but it is required to complete the training program.
- If your goal is to earn a Commercial Pilot certificate and seek employment as a pilot, you should seek a First Class medical certificate.
Begin flight training.