You think you might like to learn to fly? Get started as soon as possible! I’m sure you have a lot questions though. I’ve covered some common questions.
I usually meet with potential students prior to the start of training to get to know them and their goals, discuss the process of learning to fly, answer questions they may have, and dispel a few myths; here’s an outline for the discussion. If you are not a US citizen, there is a TSA process before you may begin flight training; if you are a US citizen, you’ll need to bring appropriate ID to your first lesson. I also request that students buy a few items prior to their first lesson.
- Complete TSA process (non-US citizen) OR bring passport to first lesson (US citizen)
- Print out, review, and bring to first lesson the checklist (I normally print it double-sided so it’s a single sheet of paper)
- Buy and bring to first lesson a small spiral notebook and pen
- Schedule an airplane for 3 to 4 hour block of time (typical lessons will be shorter 2 – 2.5 hours)
- Bring cash, checkbook, Venmo, or Quickpay to pay for instructional fees and logbook
- Program 3 telephone numbers into your cell phone:
Billion Air (Fuel vendor)
American Airport (ops/fuel)
- Ensure you can log into ScheduleMaster from your phone (for preflight checks of maintenance and squawks and entry of postflight data)
- Bookmark a few links on your phone:
For my first lesson, I meet students in the terminal building of the San Gabriel Valley Airport in El Monte. After the first lesson, we’ll meet at the airplane.
Learn what you’ll do in your first few lessons in Phase 1