Pilots fly better when they understand the environment they are operating in — including the airplane’s systems, aerodynamics, performance, weather, the regulatory environment, and their own thought process and human physiology. That’s what this course teaches.
Students maximize their success with this course when they are active participants in the learning process. There is no learning by osmosis here: you’ll have to put in the work. We’ve tried to make your efforts as targeted and efficient as possible by writing hundreds of flashcard questions, compiling study guides and legal summaries, and publishing tons of handouts that summarize and clarify major concepts.
Throughout the course, you’ll hear us reference chair flying. This is the #1 best way to save money in training. It’s sitting your butt in front of a cockpit poster (or better yet sitting in the cockpit of a plane on the ground) and practicing procedures. Practice them again and again and again, until they become somewhat natural; Rehearse the steps required to start-up, taxi, takeoff, fly a pattern, approach and land, and taxi back in. We cannot overstate how much this helps student save time and money in training.
This course requires a few materials, but not until the latter stages of the course. We recommend students purchase the following in preparation for the cross country section:
- A VFR sectional map
- An E-6B flight computer (aka whiz wheel)
- A chart plotter
To reiterate: pilots get the most from this course when they are active learners. Much of the content is not necessarily hard to understand conceptually, and we work hard to make it as simple as possible. But there is a lot to remember. Here’s our recommended process for completing the course:
- Listen to the lecture video and take notes. If you feel it will benefit you, watch the video more than once.
- Cross-check your notes against the lesson notes. We often expand upon concepts in the lesson notes section, particularly for subjects requiring memorization or organization (e.g. airspace regulations)
- Make flashcards covering the bulk of the information from the lesson video, lesson notes, handouts, and flashcard questions.
- Study your flashcards before taking the section quiz.
- When you finish a section quiz, note which answers you got wrong and why. Then, revise your flashcard or notes to include the information you misunderstood or forgot during the quiz.
- When you have a question, reach out to us! There is a built-in email form on the right sidebar in the course area. That’s specifically for you to use to ask us questions.
- As you near the end of the course, study and review the following:
- End of Course study guide
- FARs part 61 and 91 summaries
- Weight and Balance calculations
- Time, fuel, and distance calculations.
- Take your practice written tests. After the first one, review what you got wrong and drill those areas hard. Then, take the second one.
There’s a half-bajillion ways for you to ask questions. Please, please do. If you are not asking questions, there is zero chance you will get the full benefit of our program. The best way to reach out is to direct-message your course instructor. You can also ask your question in the course classroom, email us, or direct message us on Facebook or Instagram.
When you complete the second Practice Test you’ll graduate the course. Your graduation certificate, which can be accessed from your user Dashboard, serves as your written test endorsement. Make sure you print and bring it to the testing center. The name on the certificate must match your legal name. If it doesn’t, let us know and we can help you fix it.
Remember to reach out when you have questions. Good luck!