We Offer Instruction for the Recreational Pilot, Private Pilots, and Those Seeking a Career in Aviation

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FLIGHT TRAINING

Our flight training is enhanced by the use of the King courses for Private, Instrument, and Commercial training– (test prep and ground school in one program). Enjoy the freedom to study wherever you are, whenever you want. The program contains an online syllabus so you’ll always know the topics to be covered in upcoming flight lessons. This will allow you to review the ground lab prior to the corresponding flight lesson in order to maximize lesson comprehension. Our instructors monitor and review the student’s progress. Students who train at CPC’s generally complete their training with 15-20% fewer flight hours than the national average.

In the interest of safety as required by FAR 91.103, we request that you complete a “weight and balance” calculation prior to every flight. In addition, to insure that you are ‘up to’ the flight, we recommend that students and pilots to complete a Preflight Risk Assessment prior to EVERY flight.

For safety and to provide our students with the best aviation resources, we strongly recommend that students:
• Sign up for the FAASTeam at www.faasafety.gov
• Subscribe to AOPA’s Flight Training Magazine (Free Six Month Trial Subscription Available)
• Join an aviation organization such as AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) to keep abreast of changes that affect General Aviation

INSTRUCTION FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS
Stratos aviation is proud to provide flight instruction services to foreign students who have been approved by the Transportation Safety Authority. If you are a foreign student, you may begin the approval process by registering on the TSA website. During the application process you will need to have your fingerprint and photograph taken and will need to obtain TSA approval before starting your flight.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GET YOUR PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATE?

Learning to fly is a matter of acquiring aeronautical knowledge, flight proficiency, and experience. Think of the process of earning a private pilot certificate as a series of steps. Some steps, such as aeronautical knowledge, can be integrated throughout your training process. Others, like solo training, come when your instructor has provided the required training and he or she decides that you are ready. The process can be broken down into the following subjects:

  • Pre-solo training
  • Solo training
  • Aeronautical knowledge and FAA knowledge test
  • Cross-county training
  • Solo cross-county training
  • Practical Test preparation
  • Practical Test

REQUIREMENTS

What skills and requirements are needed to learn to fly? A large dash of common sense and the willingness to defy gravity in a heavier than air flying machine is a good start. From there we can follow the FAA’s established grocery list of certification requirements.
The FAA requires that you have a minimum of 40 hours logged in order to qualify for your Private Pilot Certificate. However, the average is about 70 hours. The time it takes depends greatly on how frequently you can take lessons. Generally, the more you fly, the faster you’ll get your license.

INSTRUMENT RATING

  1. Hold at least a current private pilot certificate with an airplane, helicopter, or powered-lift rating appropriate to the instrument rating sought;
  2. Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language. If the applicant is unable to meet any of these requirements due to a medical condition, the Administrator may place such operating limitations on the applicant’s pilot certificate as are necessary for the safe operation of the aircraft;
  3. Receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor or accomplish a home-study course of training on the aeronautical knowledge areas of paragraph (b) of this section that apply to the instrument rating sought;
  4. Receive a logbook or training record endorsement from an authorized instructor certifying that the person is prepared to take the required knowledge test;
  5. Receive and log training on the areas of operation of paragraph (c) of this section from an authorized instructor in an aircraft, flight simulator, or flight training device that represents an airplane, helicopter, or powered-lift appropriate to the instrument rating sought;
  6. Receive a logbook or training record endorsement from an authorized instructor certifying that the person is prepared to take the required practical test;
  7. Pass the required knowledge test on the aeronautical knowledge areas of paragraph (b) of section; however, an applicant is not required to take another knowledge test when that person already holds an instrument rating; and
  8. Pass the required practical test on the areas of operation in paragraph (c) of this section in an airplane appropriate to the rating sought.

COMMERCIAL PILOT CERTIFICATE

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Be able to read, write, and converse fluently in English.
  3. Hold a current FAA medical certificate.
  4. Receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor or training program including the following subjects:
    1. FARs
    2. NTSB Part 830
    3. Aerodynamics
    4. Aviation weather
    5. Operation of aircraft
    6. Weight and balance
    7. Performance charts
    8. Effects of exceeding limitations
    9. VFR charts
    10. Navigation facilities
    11. Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM)
    12. Aircraft systems
    13. Maneuvers, procedures, and emergency operations in the airplane
    14. Night and high-altitude operations
    15. National airspace system
  5. Pass the FAA commercial pilot knowledge test with a score of 70% or better.
  6. Accumulate flight experience (FAR 61.129). You must log at least 250 hr. of flight time as a pilot consisting of:
    1. 100 hr. in powered aircraft, of which 50 hr. must be in airplanes
    2. 100 hr. as pilot in command flight time, which includes at least:
      1. 50 hr. in airplanes
      2. 50 hr. in cross-country flight of which at least 10 hr. must be in airplanes
    3. 20 hr. of training in the areas of operation listed in item 8. below, including at least:
      1. 10 hr. of instrument training of which at least 5 hr. must be in a single-engine airplane
      2. 10 hr. of training in an airplane that has a retractable landing gear, flaps, and controllable pitch propeller, or is turbine-powered
      3. One cross-country flight of at least 2 hr. in a single-engine airplane in day-VFR conditions, consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 100 NM from the original point of departure
      4. One cross-country flight of at least 2 hr. in a single-engine airplane in night-VFR conditions,consisting of a straight-line distance of more than 100 NM from the original point of departure
      5. 3 hrs in a single-engine airplane in preparation for the practical test within 60 days preceding the practical test
    4. 10 hr. of solo flight in a single-engine airplane training in the areas of operation required for a single-engine rating, which includes at least:
      1. One cross-country flight of not less than 300 NM total distance, with landings at a minimum of 3 points, one of which is a straight-line distance of at least 250 NM from the original departure point
      2. 5 hrs in night-VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower
  7. Hold an instrument rating or your commercial certificate will be endorsed with a prohibition against carrying passengers for hire on flights beyond 50 NM or at night.
  8. Demonstrate flight proficiency (FAR 61.127). You must receive and log training, and obtain a logbook sign-off (endorsement) from your CFI on the following areas of operation:
    1. Preflight preparation
    2. Preflight procedures
    3. Airport and seaplane base operations
    4. Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds
    5. Performance maneuvers
    6. Ground reference maneuvers
    7. Navigation
    8. Slow flight and stalls
    9. Emergency operations
    10. High-altitude operations
    11. Postflight procedures
    12. Successfully complete a practical test, which will be conducted as specified in the Commercial Certificate Practical Test Standards.

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