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• ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL SKILLS REQUIRED TO BEGIN TRAINING?
Not at all! All you need to successfully learn to fly is the desire and dedication! No special skills are required to get started. You'll learn all that is required during the course of your training with Kramer Aviation.
 
• WHERE DO I BEGIN?
Starting out with a Discovery Flight is the best place to start. It's the easiest, least expensive way to find out whether or not becoming a pilot is for you. Click here for more information on the types of discovery flights available.
 
• IS LEARNING TO FLY DIFFICULT?
No! As with any other skill you master, flying is learned step by step. It is a fascinating experience, but not particularly difficult. Practically anyone who is willing to invest some time and effort can learn to fly. Many thousands of people have done so - you can, too!
 
• ARE THERE ANY REQUIREMENTS TO BEGIN FLIGHT TRAINING?
There are four basic requirements for learning to fly powered airplanes in the United States:
  1. You must be at least 16 years old to fly "solo" in an airplane (you may begin training at any age).
  2. You must be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.
  3. You must be in good general health.
  4. You must provide proof of citizenship (such as a U.S. birth certificate or current passport, along with the relevant control or sequential number of the document) in accordance with 49 CFR 1552.3(h).
You can apply for a student pilot certificate/medical if you are at least 16 years old. When you are 17, you can apply for a private pilot certificate. There is no maximum age limit. It is health, not age, which determines a person's ability to fly.
 
• WHAT IS AN FAA MEDICAL?
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires pilots to pass a routine medical exam every two years (every Five years for persons under 40 years old). This simple physical examination ensures that pilots do not have medical problems that could interfere with their ability to fly safely. There are allowances made for many physical limitations. For example, glasses and contact lenses are perfectly acceptable. There are three classes of the medical exam based on your goals and aviation aspirations. For the private pilot applicant, the class III is what you need. The commercial pilot applicant requires the class II.

The physical exam can be obtained anytime, but you must have it prior to solo flight, because it also serves as your student pilot certificate. If you're planning to learn to fly, you may wish to complete the physical exam early in your flight training to assure that you are medically qualified (most people are). This exam must be performed by an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). You may contact Dr. Michael W. McShan in Kilgore, TX at 903-983-1578, or visit the FAA website at www.faa.gov to find an AME near you.
 
• WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE TRAINING PROCESS?
The training process really has two aspects:

Ground training, logically, takes place on the ground. It involves learning about flight rules (regulations), flight planning, navigation, radio procedures, weather, and other important topics.

Flight training takes place in the airplane under my supervision. This is where you will learn the hands-on skills needed to pilot the airplane yourself.

Each flight lesson begins with a briefing, where we will discuss precisely what we are going to do in the air and how we will do it. Next, we will fly what we have planned out on the ground (I will demonstrate the maneuver to you using my flight controls, and then you will perform that exact maneuver using your flight controls). After we land and have secured the airplane, we will go back to the classroom and debrief our flight. During the debrief, we will discuss what we did in the air and how we can do it better the next time around and answer any questions you may and will have. Finally, we will discuss the next lesson and I will assign any homework for you to do prior to our next meeting. By the time you complete your training, you'll be secure in the knowledge that you're a safe, confident, and competent pilot.
 
• HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO BECOME A PRIVATE PILOT?
The Federal Aviation Administration specifies minimum flight experience requirements for each grade of pilot certificate. To be eligible for a Private Pilot certificate, you must have logged at least 40 hours of flight time. However, in addition to the 40-hour minimum flight experience requirement, you must also be proficient at specific tasks (for example, takeoffs and landings). Your flight training, in large part, will be devoted to learning those tasks and then practicing them to the required level of proficiency. This includes time spent flying with an instructor aboard ("dual" time) and time spent flying alone ("solo" time). Training will include some night flying, some instrument flying (flying solely by reference to the airplane's instruments), and some "cross-country" flying (that is, flight to and from other airports).

Obviously, everyone learns at a different pace. Most people require more than the FAA minimum of 40 hours to become proficient enough to earn a private pilot certificate. In fact, the national average (based on data from all flight schools in the U.S.A.) is between 65 and 75 hours. Although you may complete your training faster, initially budgeting for about 70 hours of flight time would be most practical.

You will maximize the efficiency of your training by flying on a regular basis. By doing so, you will retain more knowledge between lessons and thus progress faster. For most people, two to three lessons per week (each lesson lasting 2- 3 hours) provides for a good learning rate. Depending upon the flight schedule you set with me, a four to six month period to accomplish your goal is quite reasonable. If you are only able to take lessons once a week, then you can expect about a year to obtain your private pilot certificate.
 
• WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY FIRST LESSON?
If you have not taken a Discovery Flight lesson yet, then your first flight will be just that. The Discovery Flight will give you an opportunity to discover my teaching style and whether or not this flying thing is for you. If you have, and are ready to get started, then your first lesson will be an introduction to the aircraft you'll learn to fly. You'll be briefed on the instruments, controls, equipment in the plane, and what to watch for when you're flying.

After this pre-flight briefing, we will take off. Once aloft, working under my close supervision, you'll take control of the airplane. We will then go over, and you will perform the four basics of flight maneuvering: straight & level flight, turns, climbs, and descents. When we return, we will debrief the flight by discussing how you performed and how to improve your performance. Afterwards, we will discuss the next lesson and schedule our next meeting.
 
• WHAT KIND OF AIRCRAFT WILL I FLY IN?
You will train in a Cessna Skyhawk 172N, registration number N1507E. This aircraft is extremely well maintained and is inspected every 100 hours per the FAA regulations.
 
• WHAT KIND OF TESTS WILL I TAKE?
No test is required for a student pilot certificate. But before a private pilot license is issued, you must pass two tests. One is a written FAA examination, which you will study for on your own through the private pilot course of your choosing that you will purchase. I will assist you in getting the right curriculum specific to your learning style and will help you in understanding topics you may have difficulty with.

Following this exam is a practical examination of your flying ability. Not unlike a driving test, you will take an official examiner for a flight. The examiner, who has been specially designated by the FAA to give flight tests, will require you to demonstrate your ability to maneuver the airplane safely and confidently. But, as with the written test, you will have practiced everything many times before. There will be no surprises and you will be fully prepared.
 
• WHY SHOULD I LEARN TO FLY WITH KRAMER AVIATION?
My goal is to create confident, competent, and safe pilots. As a full-time flight instructor, I am fully dedicated in completing your training from start to finish. Unlike many flight instructors who need flight time to advance their career; I am fully dedicated to what I do. I am committed to seeing your training through from beginning to end.
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