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Solo Syllabus
Cross Country Syllabus

San Carlos Airport (655 Skyway Blvd Suite 101, San Carlos)
PAO Palo Alto Airport (1901 Embarcadero Rd. Suite 100, Palo Alto) Map

How to get started:

1-Take a demo flight (counts towards your flight training)
2-Joine the flying club (I will help you with the paperwork after your demo flight)
3-Schedule lessons with your flight instructor
4-Obtain an FAA medical certificate (see notes below) this can be done at anytime prior to your solo.

Hourly rate:

CFI: $70 per hour

$99-$155 per hour (flight time only, engine start to engine shut down)
Club Membership: $45/Mo. if you fly more than two hours a month otherwise $55/Mo.

Typical Lesson:


1-Starts with a preflight ground lesson covering the flight maneuver/s (approx. 20-30 min)
2-Aircraft preflight,inspect & fuel airplane (10-15 min)
3-Flight portion, practice the maneuver (60-90 min )
4-Post flight briefing, go over the flight maneuvers, fill out log book (20-30 min)

Note: Cross country training flights usually take longer

Private Pilot Training:

1. Be at least 17 years of age. Although you can solo at 16!

2. Be Able to read, write, and converse fluently in English.

3. Obtain at least a third-class FAA medical certificate (similar to a normal check-up but done with an approved
FAA-designated doctor called aviation medical examiners (AME). 

4. Receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor or complete a home-study course (such as Gleims's, 
Kings DVD's, MS Aviation DVD's).

5. Pass a knowledge test with a score of 70% or better.

6. Accumulate flight experience. Receive a total of 40 hr. of flight instruction and solo flight time, including:

     a. 20 hr. of flight training from an authorized flight instructor, including at least
          1)   3 hr. of cross country i.e. to other airports 
          2)   3 hr. at night, including 
                    a)   One cross-country flight over 100 NM total distance
                    b)   10 takeoffs and 10 landings to a full stop at an airport 
          3)   3 hr. of instrument flight training in an airplane
          4)   3 hr. in airplanes in preparation for the private pilot practical test within 60 days prior to a practical flight test

     b. 10 hr. of solo flight time in an airplane, including at least:
          1)   5 hr. of cross-country flights
          2)   One solo cross-country flight of at least 150 NM total distance, with full-stop landdings ata minimum of three 
                 points and with one segment of the flight consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 50 NM between the 
                 takeoff and landing locations
          3)   Three solo takeoffs and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating conttrol tower

7. Receive flight instruction and demonstrate skill. Obtain a logbook sign-off by your CFI on the following areas of operations:
         a. Preflight preparation
         b. Preflight procedures
         c. Airport operations
         d. Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds
         e. Performance maneuvers
         f. Ground reference manuevers
         g. Navigation
         h. Slow flight and stalls
         i. Basic instrument maneuvers
         j. Emergency operations
         k. Night operations
         l. Postflight procedures
8. Successfully complete a practical flight test which will be given as a final exam by an FAA inspector or designated pilot examiner.


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