Ray Reed CFI
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Private Pilot Syllabus

The private pilot syllabus is broken into 6 parts.  The order and time spent on each item may vary from student to student.

1. Basics of aircraft control:

This includes take off, straight and level flight, turns, climbs, descents, power adjustments with a large emphasis on using the aircraft trim system to make the flight smooth for the pilot and passengers.

2. Ground reference maneuvers and maximum performance maneuvers:

These include S turns, turns around a point.  These maneuvers demonstrate your ability to control the aircraft with reference to the ground while adjusting for winds aloft.  Steep turns and both power on and power off stalls are mastered in preparation for learning how to land the airplane.  A brief introduction to instrument flying is included at this point.

3.  Landings:

This will be one of the most challenging tasks in the process of learning to fly.  All of the previous tasks will come together allowing you to land safely in any situation, culminating with your first Solo Flight.

4.  Instrument training:

The remainder of instrument training will give you the necessary training in the event of you momentarily find yourself in instrument conditions.

5.  Cross Country, night flying, and tower controlled airports:

This is one of the most enjoyable parts of the training.  You will visit other airports to familiarize yourself with different pattern procedures and multiple runway airports.  A portion of this training is done at night, and will teach you night procedures, night navigation, and the additional emergency procedures required for safe night flying.  Also you will enjoy 3 or 4 solo cross country flights, one of which will cover over 150 miles.  In addition, you will start working with Air Traffic Control at tower controlled airports.

6.  The Checkride:

Finally, in the pre-test instruction, you will review all phases of the training in preparation for the FAA checkride.