While the majority of hobbies people typically undertake include swimming and running and the many related ball games, the newest trend is in recreational aviation. To everyone's surprise, recreational aviation is not only open to everyone, but it is extremely exciting and achievable to learn how to fly a helicopter.
If you are the type of person who is a thrill seeker, maybe into extreme sports and loves to push the boundaries, recreational aviation may be your new favorite hobby. Becoming a pilot can now be a part of your hobbies list.
Although it does involve some initial in-depth studying and a lot of instructional lessons, you could easily get your aviation license in a reasonable amount of time. For any adventurer looking for a thrill, flying a helicopter could be your newest high.
The adrenaline that rushes throughout your body when you propel into the sky in control of such powerful machines is the most exhilarating moment experienced for any newcomer. It is for this reason, recreational aviation is on the rise.
When you are ready to sign up for your aviation lessons, you must know that the legal age requirement is sixteen. This number generally surprises people, as you would think that teenagers can barely be responsible enough to drive a car, let alone becoming a pilot and taking control of an entire helicopter!
Another surprising factor is that the only other real pilot requirement consists of a medical checkup from the Aviation Medical doctor. With barely anything holding you back from participating in the aviation industry, it is a very easy process to start your aviation training.
When you first start your pilot classes, you will go on a trial instructional flight or "TIFF". Here the instructor will tell you about the ins and outs of flying and give you a general feel for the air.
They will usually also explain some of the things that may go wrong when you are up in the air while in control of a helicopter. While it may be terrifying to think that something could happen when flying a helicopter, it is imperative that you know what to do or rather, how to react in life threatening situations.
Once the flight instructor gives you an overview of what you will be doing throughout the pilot training course, you will learn about avionics and navigation referred to as a cross country endorsement, requiring the use of a flight computer.
While this will be a little advanced for the beginner, your first piece of avionics will be the simple but essential headset. For most student pilots, this will be your first step to becoming a professional helicopter pilot!
You will also need to get yourself an approved pilot log book to record all flight time performed. A great starting point is the ever affordable David Clark headset, they will become you best friend up in the air along with your instructor guiding you throughout the lessons. For most beginners, it usually takes a good many hours before you are able to fly solo so don't rush it.
Once your instructor is confident that you know about the aircrafts flight parameters and have developed your own unique flying technique, he will send you on a solo flight, usually just once around the field flying the patten.
In order to obtain a recreational aviation license, one must complete at least thirty hours of air training depending on which aircraft you are training in and what level of licence you are wanting to obtain.
Although this does not sound like a lot, the majority of aviation students need to work hard at learning everything thoroughly, even if it is simple things like how to connect and operate your David Clark headsets.
A flight computer will become second nature and you will quickly fill many a log book with many hours of exhilarating flight time. Recreational aviation is an exciting adventure for anyone who dreamt of being a pilot when growing up.
We all thought at some stage about flying airplanes and helicopters plus taking long flights to far away exotic destinations. I bet you never thought you could actually accomplish that? Even though programs tend to be very expensive and charge highly by the hour, there are training schools that will work with you to pay for your pilot training in installments.
Unexpectedly, a lot of flight instructors will even analyze your budget and tell you how much you can get done. It is fascinating to think that anyone with a dream and basic level of motor skill can complete recreational aviation training. In some ways, a terrifying thought!
A master logbook records the months and years of a pilot's flying career in painstaking detail. To protect this log, and all the effort that went into creating it, Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA), has created its new Master Logbook Case.
This compact organizer for the space-conscious pilot offers protection for a logbook in its travels.
The case features aviation essentials such as pockets for the master logbook and charts, clear pockets for license and medical certificate, a loop for pen or pencil, and a Velcro® closure.
Each Logbook Case is made of durable nylon and is sized to fit ASA's Master Log and many other types of logbooks.
ASA says its Standard Pilot Master Log meets the FAA's record-keeping requirements, with 28 different columns for recording standard flight information.
This logbook also has blank columns to allow pilots to tailor it to specific flying categories, conditions, and types of piloting time.
As head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, I had a hectic schedule during the football season. And after 26 years in the same place, I found myself getting busier and busier off season too.
My wife and I enjoy our Skylane, and the freedom it gives us to fly occasionally to our lake home down in Austin. Although I love flying, my schedule made it hard to keep my skills up. On the flights between Dallas and Austin I knew I wasn't flying as precisely as I should, and this bothered me.
General aviation safety also concerns me. It seems there is an accident every year right in our Dallas-Love traffic area, caused by poor pilot training or confusion.
At the same time as I was becoming more concerned about my skill level and about the safety issue, I began wanting to use the airplane to go further afield, without worrying about getting weathered in. I realized that the time had come to get my instrument rating.
Scheduling my instrument training seemed impossible until I read an ad for Professional Instrument Courses. PIC would send an instructor and a simulator to do the training right at my home.
I realized that if I was going to do it, I needed this kind of program. I called PIC and signed up for shortly after the end of the football season. I was also able to make a reservation for a written test ground school, order a set of Jepps, a hood, and the PIC Instrument Flight Training Manual all in the same phone call.
I was very pleased with PIC's willingness to accommodate my difficult schedule. I took five full days off from the office and then devoted about half of each day to the course. Lonnie Roberts, my PIC instructor, made himself available whenever I was free.
It worked very well even though I was going to the office and had part of my mind on other things. Lonnie presented the PIC course very professionally. Being in a teaching field myself, I knew that not everyone who does something well can necessarily teach it effectively. Lonnie was a good teacher.
He understood the details involved in teaching instrument flight efficiently. He made it easy to grasp the material. He obviously enjoyed teaching and got a lot of satisfaction from seeing me progress and pass the flight test.
The PIC course manual is clear and to the point, clearly illustrated and easy to follow. It is broken into segments with a test at the end of each one so the student fully grasps the material just studied.
After a segment is covered in the manual, we would go to the simulator and then to the airplane - I don't think that the program could have been better organized.
I was very impressed with the whole experience, and I think one of the most impressive elements was the simulator. Lonnie set the simulator in my living room and used it to introduce me to each IFR procedure before doing it in the airplane. It was a tremendous help.
Doing the whole course in the airplane would have been much more difficult. The simulator saved a lot of time and, of course, the expense of flying the airplane.
Owing to my uneven schedule I spent 11 total days in the PIC course (including the flight test afternoon) even though their syllabus calls for only ten. I was amazed at how much information was presented in that short time.
I am proud of having passed the instrument flight test and I feel confident with my IFR skills. It is really satisfying to know that I understand the material and have a good grasp of instrument flying. The PIC course was "as advertised" - it was efficient, professionally presented and thorough. For me, it was the only way I could have gotten my rating.
FlightSafety Academy provides pilot training exclusively for future professionals. That's what we say. And that's what we mean.
What that means to you is high-caliber training in a professional environment. It's a no-nonsense atmosphere of personal responsibility . . . not unlike what you'll encounter in the real world as a highly disciplined professional pilot.
It's true that we have a scenic campus on South Florida's Atlantic Coast. But the academy is no place for a vacation.
And we don't cater to amateurs or weekend aviators.
You'll be immersed in full-time training with high-achieving, career-minded fellow students who are determined to excel.
The competition will be keen. You'll need discipline, as well as ability, to keep pace.
And just as in the world of commercial flying, you'll have to be certified physically fit and drug-free.
As an academy graduate, you'll be part of a proud tradition of professional pilots who came to us with little or no aviation experience.
They learned to fly from the ground up. And they steadily progressed through their multiple ratings to the status of a pro.
Some of the world's regional and major air carriers - Swissair, for example - rely on us as a source of highly respected pilot training.
That's a responsibility we take very seriously. And our record of success proves it.
The day you arrive at the academy is the day you'll start assuming the mind-set, demeanor, and time-sensitive perspective of an aviation professional. That's part of what we deliver in the environment we've created.
a dedicated faculty
highly qualified flight instructors
and a young fleet of over 80 single-and multiengine aircraft
all backed by our 39 years of experience and technological development as the world's foremost aviation training company.
Passing the physical and drug-screening requirements may get you in the door, but it won't take you very far. What we'll be looking for is performance.
Not just enough to get you by. But levels of responsibility and skill that demonstrate a strong aptitude for a career as a professional pilot.
By insisting on such strict scrutiny, we not only maintain our high standards, but we do our students a favor.
By now it should be clear that before we teach you to fly like a pro, we insist that you want to be one.
If that passion is yours, we can help. We won't just teach you to fly; we'll help you to be a pro.
Pilot training exclusively for future professionals.
The new NavPad from Di Blasi of Americais the first angled kneeboard that allows pilots true hands-free use of their handheld electronic devices like personal digital assistant (PDA) and GPS units.
The brightly colored plastic NavPad conforms to one's upper leg and is secured by a black Velcro strap. A GPS or PDA attaches to the slanted surface with Velcro and is angled to approximately 30 degrees for a perpendicular view of the screen.
Typical handheld GPS units come with a yoke mount, which is of little use in aircraft that have a control stick. NavPad is also useful for helicopters, sailplanes, and ultralights, as well as pilots who charter a variety of different types of aircraft.