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Why do you want to fly? This answer is different for every individual pursuing their pilot license. Their motivation may be a product of a lifelong or newfound dream of flight, the pursuit of adrenaline from which aviation can offer, or possibly to utilize the many benefits of air travel for personal and business use. Whatever your reason is, we can assure that you will find what you are looking for through the professional flight training at Northwest Flight School.
Whether you are flying for leisure or are pursuing a professional career, all students must go through intensive training that will prepare you to be a safe and competent pilot. The process of flight training is one that cannot be easily conveyed over a short email conversation or web page. That is why we highly recommend you pay us a visit and meet with one of our flight instructors to discuss your aviation goals.
Areas of Proficiency
Although your overall training experience may differ depending on what you are trying to accomplish, all aspects of aviation and the different certificates/ratings hinge upon three areas that the student pilot must be proficient in:
As a pilot, you must be medically fit to continue the duties as pilot-in-command. There are three Classes of medicals that you can be categorized under, depending on the type of pilot you are. Most pilots have a Third Class Medical which is the least demanding class. This medical lasts 60 months until the pilot must be examined again. Pilots having this medical cannot exercise most commercial pilot duties unless they have a second class or above. The Second Class Medical generally covers most commercial pilots, and lasts for 12 months.
The First Class Medical is the most strict class, applying to airline pilots, and lasts 12 months, unless you are over 40, which it is 6 months. Medicals can be given by approved Aero Medical Examiners (AME). All student pilots MUST have at least a Third Class Medical before they can solo an aircraft. Click Here to find the nearest AME in your area.
A common misconception of aviation is that being a pilot only requires flying skills. This is very untrue, as the majority of a pilot's duties is learning, understanding, and staying proficient in the knowledge, procedures, and laws of flight. To become a certified pilot, you must demonstrate your knowledge proficiency by taking the FAA Written Exam. This is a computer based exam that tests you on the knowledge of whatever certificate or rating you wish to get. To take most exams, you must have an endorsement issued by a certified flight instructor, stating that you have demonstrated your knowledge to a degree that the instructor feels that you are ready to take the exam.
There are several ways to learn the information and demonstrate yourself to an instructor and receive an endorsement. The first ways is to self study. This can be done by purchasing books and study material online or at a store, and using free or paid online resources. An instructor must still endorse you to take the test after you have demonstrated to them that you are ready. The second method is one-on-one time with a certified flight instructor. This is the most expensive method, as you must pay for the instructors time. However, the instructor is able to better cater to your learning needs and teach you at your own pace. The third method is taking a ground school. This is the most popular and most efficient method. These ground schools put you in a classroom environment with other students seeking the same knowledge. It is taught by one or many experienced flight instructors, and is based on a curriculum. Although Northwest Flight School does not require a ground school is taken, we highly recommend that each student enrolls.
This is the hands-on training of operating an aircraft takes place. From flight number one, you are given the chance to take control of the aircraft. It will most likely feel foreign and overwhelming, which is expected. That is why the FAA requires that all student pilots complete a certain number of hours, depending of the certificate or rating, before they can even attempt the final checkride. The training consists of aircraft operations, normal and emergency procedures, hazard avoidance, and much more. Once the student has complete all the lesson, required hours, and stage checks, they are endorsed to take the final checkride. This consists of an Oral test and Flight Test. The Oral Examination is where the examiner verbally asks the student to explain information and solve problems. Once complete, the Flight Examination tests the students ability to complete all requirements in Practical Test Standards, which includes all the maneuvers, procedures, and other skills practiced. Once passed, the student is issued a temporary certificate, until the permanent copy arrives.
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