1. Q. Is it difficult to fly an aircraft?
A. No. It is not particularly difficult. As a beginning student pilot, you will do most of the actual flying (handling the controls of the aircraft).
2. Q. When may I begin to fly?
A. Immediately. However, you will need to apply for certain certificates, as described by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in preparation for solo flight.
3. Q. Is flying safe?
A. A well-built and maintained aircraft, flown by a competent and prudent pilot, makes flying as safe or safer than many other forms of transportation.
4. Q. If engine failure occurs, what will happen?
A. Modern aircraft engines are very reliable, and complete engine failure is a rare occurrence. If the improbable does happen, you will not “fall out of the sky.” Just do what the instructor had you practice during lessons— select a good landing area and land.
Student Pilot Flight Training:
1. Q. What are the eligibility requirements for a student pilot?
A. The specific aeronautical experience requirements are outlined in the FAA, Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 61. For the student pilot certificate requirements, refer to subpart C section 83.
2. Q. Where can I obtain my ground and flight school training?
A. FlyboyZs provide Private Pilot Ground School. In addition, most airport operators can furnish this information, or you may contact the nearest Flight Standards District Office (FSDO).
3. Q. Is there a set number of flight instructional hours I will receive before I solo?
A. No. The instructor will not allow you to solo until you have learned to perform certain maneuvers. These maneuvers include safe takeoffs and landings.
You must be able to maintain positive control of the aircraft at all times and to use good judgment.
4. Q. What should I know about Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) prior to my first solo?
A. Your flight instructor will determine that you are familiar with appropriate portions of 14 CFR part 61, the general and visual flight rules of 14 CFR part 91, and will administer and grade a presolo written test prior to solo endorsement. The presolo written test will also include questions on the flight characteristics and operational limitations of the make and model aircraft to be flown.
5. Q. What does an appropriate logbook endorsement for solo mean?
A. It means a verification by an authorized flight instructor showing that on the date specified, the student was given dual instruction and found competent to make solo flights.
6. Q. When is the first solo endorsement required?
A. A student pilot must have a first solo endorsement dated within 90 days prior to any solo flight.
7. Q. What is the difference between a recreational pilot certificate and a private pilot certificate?
A. The recreational pilot has fewer privileges than the private pilot. The holder of a recreational pilot certificate is allowed to fly an aircraft within 50 nautical miles from the airport where instruction was received and cannot operate in airspace where communications with air traffic control are required. Since qualification training in these areas is not required, a person should be able to obtain a recreational pilot certificate in fewer flight hours than required for a private pilot certificate. All privileges and limitations of the recreational pilot certificate are listed in 14 CFR part 61, section 101.
8. Q. Does a student pilot automatically have the privilege of cross-country flying after soloing?
A. No. An instructor must have reviewed the pilot’s preflight planning and preparation for solo cross-country flight and determine that the flight can be made safely under the known circumstances and conditions. The instructor must endorse the student pilot’s logbook prior to each cross- country flight, stating the pilot is considered competent to make the flight.
Under certain conditions, an instructor may authorize repeated solo flights over a given route.