Earning Your Wings

Are you interested in earning your Pilot’s License?

Perhaps you are considering turning your passion for flying into a career.

At SpanaFlight we offer a flexible flight training program that is customized to your goals in aviation. We have a team of talented and dedicated flight instructors certificated by the FAA to instruct private, instrument, and commercial courses.

 

Materials and Pilot Supplies


When starting your flight training you will need the following pilot supplies (available for sale onsite) within the first few lessons:

  • Private Pilot Kit, which includes:
    • Private Pilot Textbook
    • Private Pilot Maneuvers Manual
    • Private Pilot Syllabus
    • Private Pilot Stage Exam Booklet
    • Private Pilot Student Record Folder
    • Private Pilot Practical Test Standards
    • Private Pilot FAA Practical Test Study Guide
    • Private Pilot FAA Airmen Knowledge Test Guide
    • Private Pilot Pre-solo Written Exam
    • FAR/AIM Manual
    • Metal CSG Computer (E6B)
    • PN-1 Navigation Plotter
    • Pilot Logbook
  • Student Bag
  • Kneeboard
  • Headset (we generally have loaners for our students)
Medical Certificate: Before taking your solo flight, you will need a medical certificate issued by a medical examiner who has been approved by the FAA. A third-class medical certificate is acceptable although you will need a first-class medical certificate if you anticipate pursuing a career in aviation. We can provide you a list of medical examiners or you can call for additional information.



Private Pilot Certificate Requirements


  • Student Pilot License with minimum of 3rd class medical
  • Minimum 40 hours of flight experience including at least 10 hours of solo flight experience
  • 5 hours of solo cross-country flight experience
  • FAA Written Exam (score 70% or higher)
  • Read, speak and understand the English language
  • 16 years old to solo
  • 17 years old to take the practical exam
  • Satisfactory completion of a practical exam including an oral and flight portions with an FAA-designated examiner


Flight Training Stages

  1. Pre-solo Stage: You will learn slow flight, stalls, ground reference maneuvers, climbs, descents, straight and level, radio procedures, aerodynamics, take offs and landings. Mastery of these maneuvers allows you to solo under the FAA minimum requirements.

  2. Cross-country Stage: Geared toward navigation and cross-country work, in this stage you focus on cross-country planning, maximum performance takeoffs and landings, understanding weather, lost and diversion procedures, night flying and navigation, weight and balance, and advanced chart reading. Once you have completed these tasks you are able to fly solo cross-country flights to airports within the Northwest

  3. Check-ride Preparation: In this stage you review all of the above procedures to the standards outlined in the FAA Practical Test Standards. The PTS is the outline of the flight and knowledge requirements in order to pass your private pilot check ride. The check ride is taken with an FAA approved examiner. It is typically 4-6 hours long and consists of oral testing and a check flight. Once you have passed this check ride, you are a certified private pilot. This means you can fly anywhere in the United States under Visual Flight Rules (VFR conditions).
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