Congratulations On Your Interest To Be A Pilot
Understanding the flight training process can be quite
baffling without adequate introduction. This introductory
summary should give you insight on what to expect in terms
of various steps you will incur while pursuing a Private
Pilot Certificate all the way from initial interest to
issuance of your certificate.
Take An Introductory Flight
If you are interested in learning to fly and your completely
new to flying, an introductory flight is the first logical
step. During your first flight, one of our experienced
instructors will take you through an abbreviated lesson from
preflight to tie down. You will have the opportunity to taxi
the airplane and once at altitude, you will have what will
likely be your first experience with flying an airplane.
This will also be the first entry in your complimentary
pilot logbook, as the flight time counts towards a private
Once you have completed the discovery flight you should
evaluate whether you think flying is for you. For those who
truly believe they want to fly, but found the discovery
flight a bit nerve-racking, we recommend taking a few
lessons. Flying in a smaller airplane can be a very
different flying experience than flying in a huge airliner.
It may take some lessons to get used to the aircraft.
Determine How To Finance Your Training
So now you’ve decided to pursue your private pilot
certificate. Del Sol Aviation has a couple of options
available to the student for payment. One option is “pay as
you go”. We accept cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or
check. We also have a “block account” option where we will
keep track of your deposit and report your ending balance on
each invoice. Del Sol Aviation also offers financing from a
second party lender to upfront the cost of your training.
Contact Del Sol Aviation for more details and for an
application to submit.
To be eligible for a student pilot certificate you must be
at least 16 years of age and 17 years of age to take the FAA
Practical Exam. The first thing that needs to be
accomplished following your decision to start flight
training is to obtain your Pilot Medical Certificate from an
approved FAA Medical Examiner. These exams are generally
about $100.00, and consist of a basic exam to ensure you are
mentally and physically fit to operate an aircraft. You
will need to obtain at least a 3rd class medical
certificate. This medical certificate will be your Student
pilot certificate that the instructor will use to sign you
off on your solo flights.
structured flight training syllabus will be provided to
manage and conduct your training.
get your own syllabus to track your progress, learn from
study assignments, class activities, and practical flight
Once determined that the student demonstrated abilities
exist to perform safe flying skills, the instructor will
then sign-off on the student to perform their first solo
flight, usually after 20 hours of dual instruction.
Generally, the instructor will direct the students to a less
active airport and have the student do three takeoffs and
landings. On return from the student’s solo flight we take
their picture and cut the back of the student’s T-Shirt off
and add commemorative notes on it to recognize the students
solo achievement. Cutting the back of the student’s shirt
off is an old pilot’s tradition and a form of initiation
into the flying community.
After doing several ground and flight lessons with your
instructor, it will be time to take the FAA written exam.
You must score a 80% or above on this test in order to
pass. Del Sol Aviation is a certified FAA Designated Testing
Center. The test is computer generated and multiple choice.
Complete Your Flight Training
Your instructor will determine when you are ready to take
the FAA Practical Test, which is comprised of an oral exam
and a flight test with an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner.
Before you are sent up with an FAA Designated Examiner, we
will send you up on a “mock” check ride with either our
Chief Flight Instructor or the Assistant Chief Flight
The big day has finally arrived. You have trained hard and
by all means are a safe and competent pilot – we know that –
you just need to prove it to the FAA. You may be nervous,
but we are confident that you will pass because you have
demonstrated to your Instructor and the Chief Flight
Instructor that you have what it takes.
Congratulations! You are a certificated pilot! You can now
travel to different places in less time and introduce your
family and friends to what you have accomplished!