Student Pilot Fundamentals

Welcome to the Student Pilot Fundamentals Course

This course covers the basic concepts that we, as instructors, wish our students knew before they started flight training. And understanding of these concepts is not only critical for all pilots, but we’ve found that when we teach it at the start of the training process students progress faster in the air. It pays huge dividends to understand the basics as you learn to fly. In this course you’ll learn about:

  • Basic aerodynamics
  • Flight controls
  • Cockpit controls
  • The briefing and debriefing process
  • Checklist/flow theory
  • Pitch/Power concepts
  • Basic flight

Students should use available material to practice procedures on the ground, using a cockpit training device (poster). Chair-flying is the best way to shorten training time and costs, no matter your training level. Talking to other pilots can also be a huge help in flight training. Consider joining our mentorship program so you can connect with experienced career pilots. It’s always free.

About Instructor

Jake Roach

Jake is a flight instructor and pilot for a major U.S. airline. He has instructed at Part 61 and Part 141 flight schools and flown at both cargo and regional airlines. He is type rated in the Aerospatiale ATR-42/72, DeHavilland DHC-8, Embraer 170/190, McDonnell-Douglass DC-9, and Boeing 737. Additionally, Jake is a Flight Apprentice co-founder and main instructor for the Private Pilot course.

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Course Includes

  • 5 Sections
  • 22 Lessons
  • 1 Quiz
  • Course Certificate