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7 day IFR Rating
How do I get a pilots license?To become a pilot, you'll establish a relationship at the local airport FBO to rent an airplane and fly with a flight instructor. You will do some flight training, and some ground training. Flight training consists of actual flying, such as practicing takeoffs, landings, steep turns, and ground reference maneuvers. Ground training consists of learning things while on the ground, like aerodynamics, airplane performance, weather, and aviation physiology. After training some with an instructor, you will be able to 'solo' which is flying by yourself. You can't carry passengers when you solo, but you can go up and practice without an instructor in the airplane with you. For further information, read on... Are you interested in getting started? If so, then do three things:
1. Read more about flying. Scan this website, subscribe to pilot magazines, and search the internet.
2. Contact your local college to get started with your ground training. If there is not a ground school at your local college or university, perhaps one of the local airports offers one. If you're in Tampa Bay, get started with your training with the Private Pilot Ground School.
3. Contact your local airport for a discovery flight. This is usually a 30-60 minute flight introducing you to flying as well as giving you a chance to meet and interview a flight instructor. Discovery flights also make great gifts, your local airport will be able to assist you.
Students seeking a rating are required to prove US Citizenship and Flight Instructors must examine and keep a copy of a US Birth Certificate, US Passport, or Naturalization papers. Citizens of other countries are required to register with the Transportation Security Administration prior to beginning training. See Information for Foreign Students
New Students:How to Save Money on your Flight Training
FAA Aviation Safety Program - additional aviation education opportunities
Aircraft Datasheet (download) - Know thy aircraft
Pre-Solo Exam - Required for all students to solo an aircraft
Checkride Resources (download):About Checkrides - basic info about checkrides (practical exam)
Private Pilot Airplane Quick Reference Card
Flight Plan Form (download)
Private Pilot Certificate Rating Worksheet (download)
Airman Certificate/Rating Application, Form 8710 (download)