Program Summary

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 the ForeFlight app onto your iPad and iPhone. Click here for guidance on selecting a device. If you use an Andriod smartphone and tablet, you will need to download the Garmin Pilot app.

  • Download and review our Private Pilot Syllabus and Pre-Solo Knowledge Test.

  • 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.