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Flight training consists of four parts: Ground School, Flight Lessons, Briefings and Homework. Students are successful when they decide to invest the time and preparation in each of the 4 areas.
Ground School – Learn the knowledge you need to see your career soar at Aviation Academy of America. The knowledgeable and experienced instructors at Aviation Academy of America will give you the tools and experience you need to become a safe aviator.
You will apply the information and theories that you’ve learned at Grounds School for your “written” FAA exam. This computerized test is multi-choice and requires at least a 70 or better to pass.
Flight Lessons – At Aviation Academy of America, we can help you take to the air with our flight lessons. During your hands-on flying time, we will cover many of the basic concepts and maneuvers of becoming a pilot, including, turns, climbs, descents, airspeed changes, and takeoffs and landings.
- Solo Flying: Experience the freedom of flying on your own. Solo flying allows you to put into practice the various skills you have learned during your lessons.
- Cross Country Flying: With a cross-country flight, you’ll put your skills to use navigating weather, flight planning, and landing at an unfamiliar airport.
- Check-Ride: The cross-country flight is a culmination of the skills you’ve learned at the Aviation Academy of America. Our flight instructor will evaluate your skills as a pilot to ensure they meet and exceed FAA requirements. Before you schedule your check-ride, you must have the following endorsements:
- Solo flights, both on your student pilot certificate (one-time) and in your logbook (every 90 days)
- Solo cross-countries
- Written knowledge test
- Practical test readiness
Briefings – Before each flight and after each flight lesson, students will meet with their flight instructor to review what will happen during the flight lesson and then review and analyze their performance afterwards. These briefings are often where the most learning takes place as students merge their theoretical and practical knowledge and experience into performance.
Homework – You thought you left this behind in high school! Here though is the type of homework you should enjoy studying!
Read – Read up on the lessons that you will be covering in the next ground school section. Reread the chapters and lessons until you know them inside and out. Write down your questions and ask your instructor.
Chair Flying – After every flight lesson and anytime you have a few minutes, find a chair and sit. Close your eyes. Visualize your flight lesson. Flip switches, read the flight panel, and perform maneuvers while sitting in your living room or bedroom. Building up your muscle memory and your decision making process by practicing flying at home will help you master your flight lessons faster – saving you both time and money!