– Making Your First Post

October 25, 2010

This short video walks you through making your first post on to get in touch with your Pilot Career Coach.

Private Pilot License – Post Solo Training Costs

April 1, 2010

The Post Solo Training Costs associated with the Private Pilot License are normally close to the pre solo phase but will burn your money up the fastest. Once you break this down you want to look at the big picture of the entire license. You don’t want to get stuck and run out of money because in this phase of your training, you are doing longer flights and will have more ground instruction.Once again there are some requirements put out by the FAA that have to be done before you can do your solo cross countries. Some training syllabuses will do some of the things I list below before solo but I like to build each lesson on top of the other so you learn one thing and then integrate it into the next lesson.A perfect example is the simulated instrument training. I have this broken into 2 post solo flights. That will get about 2.2 hours of simulated instrument time. Then I have a lost procedures lesson where we will get about another .3 hours then the rest I will pick up at the flight test preparation stage. Bottom line is you need the three hours but if you are getting a little here and then a little there, chances are someone misses it and the examiner picks it up on flight test day and then walks out because you aren’t qualified.The other thing that can happen is your instructor picks it up and then up you go for an extra flight. The same thing can happen with the night time. I can’t tell you how many times it has even happened to me no matter how careful I was. Now I do all the night time in one flight so it is over and done with. You don’t want to get a call from your instructor the night before your flight test telling you to meet them at the airport to get some more flight time.For our purpose here I will just list the requirements and then give you an estimate on the cost. The Private Pilot Post Solo requirements can be found at the link below. I will just outline the cost for you:Private Pilot License, Post Solo RequirementsBasically there are 5 things needed before you can go on solo cross countries.Soft Field Takeoffs and LandingsShort Field Takeoffs and LandingsSimulated Instrument TimeVor NavigationCross Country Flight TrainingNow the Hour Requirements are just for the Private Pilot License Aeronautical Experience but you have to have logged the above subject areas. I also Include the Dual Cross Countries Day and then all the night time Required.1.5 Hours Dual Instruction for Soft-Field / Short-Field Takeoffs and Landings2.2 Hours Dual Instruction / Simulated Instrument Instruction4.4 Hours Dual Instruction for Cross-Countries2.5 Hours Ground Instruction3.0 Hours Dual instruction for Night Flying5 Hours Solo Cross Country  In my syllabus, I have two dual cross-country flights, and each averages 2.2 hours. The FAA only has an hour requirement for the private pilot certificate, but I personally think that students need two different cross-country flights and about 2-3 hours of ground instruction. I am also going to add the solo cross country hours here since the goal here is to get the solo cross country requirements and move on to the flight test preparation portion of your Private Pilot Flight Training.If we add this all up we get the following cost for this part of your private pilot training:Private Pilot License Post Solo Cost11.1 Hours of Dual Instruction @ $165 Per hour $1831.502.5 Hours of Ground Instruction @ $45 Per Hour $112.505 Hours of Solo Cross Country Flight $600.00Total $2543.00Once again with a good instructor and flying consistently, you should be close to this amount for this phase of your Pilot License Training.Depending on the instructor or the syllabus you may do one day cross country and then one night cross country. I personally have two different day cross countries to different types of airports.Hope to see you in the skyAirfreddy

Private Pilot License, Post Solo Flight Training Requirements

March 3, 2010

After you solo or have completed the solo requirements, your instructor should move you ahead to the next phase of training even if you are not quite ready to solo. Like I have said before many flight schools and instructors will not move you forward until you have solo’ed.I personally move everyone forwards since the goal is to get you licensed on a budget without loosing quality of flight training.Here are the Post Solo Requirements for your Private Pilot License Training. Once again they start off general and get more specific.(a) General. (1) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, a student pilot must meet the requirements of this section before-(i) Conducting a solo cross-country flight, or any flight greater than 25 nautical miles from the airport from where the flight originated.(ii) Making a solo flight and landing at any location other than the airport of origination.(2) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, a student pilot who seeks solo cross-country flight privileges must:(i) Have received flight training from an instructor authorized to provide flight training on the maneuvers and procedures of this section that are appropriate to the make and model of aircraft for which solo cross-country privileges are sought;(ii) Have demonstrated cross-country proficiency on the appropriate maneuvers and procedures of this section to an authorized instructor;(iii) Have satisfactorily accomplished the pre-solo flight maneuvers and procedures required by §61.87( The Pre Solo requirements ) of this part in the make and model of aircraft or similar make and model of aircraft for which solo cross-country privileges are sought; and(iv) Comply with any limitations included in the authorized instructor’s endorsement that are required by paragraph (c) of this section.This is once again a general requirement for Student Pilot Solo Cross Countries. Now I will dig into them a little more and you find the following.(3) A student pilot who seeks solo cross-country flight privileges must have received ground and flight training from an authorized instructor on the cross-country maneuvers and procedures listed in this section that are appropriate to the aircraft to be flown.There is a lot more in this regulation. But the important part for this discussion is what is required for you to be eligible for Solo Cross Countries: As you move down this regulation you find the following:(e) Maneuvers and procedures for cross-country flight training in a single-engine airplane. A student pilot who is receiving training for cross-country flight in a single-engine airplane must receive and log flight training in the following maneuvers and procedures:(1) Use of aeronautical charts for VFR navigation using pilotage and dead reckoning with the aid of a magnetic compass;(2) Use of aircraft performance charts pertaining to cross-country flight;(3) Procurement and analysis of aeronautical weather reports andforecasts, including recognition of critical weather situations and estimating visibility while in flight;(4) Emergency procedures;(5) Traffic pattern procedures that include area departure, area arrival, entry into the traffic pattern, and approach;(6) Procedures and operating practices for collision avoidance, wake turbulence precautions, and windshear avoidance;(7) Recognition, avoidance, and operational restrictions of hazardous terrain features in the geographical area where the cross-country flight will be flown;(8) Procedures for operating the instruments and equipment installed in the aircraft to be flown, including recognition and use of the proper operational procedures and indications;(9) Use of radios for VFR navigation and two-way communications;(10) Takeoff, approach, and landing procedures, including short-field, soft-field, and crosswind takeoffs, approaches, and landings;(11) Climbs at best angle and best rate; and(12) Control and maneuvering solely by reference to flight instruments, including straight and level flight, turns, descents, climbs, use of radio aids, and ATC directives.Notice there are no hour requirements in this regulation. All of these areas need to be in your logbook but the hour requirements only come into play in the general requirements.Hope to See You In the SkyAirfreddy