FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do Apprentices and Mentors communicate?

While we provide a messaging feature within the website for mentors and apprentices, we encourage users to communicate however they like! Once a mentor/apprentice pair has been established through the website, the pair can exchange phone numbers, facebook profiles, etc. and communicate however they'd like!

What makes Flight Apprentice different from other mentorship programs?

Our mentorship program limits the number of simultaneous pairings to foster development of an authentic mentor/apprentice relationship. There are already fantastic programs for pure networking (LinkedIn, Airline Pilot Central, etc) and for inspiring new pilots (EAA Young Eagles, etc). Flight Apprentice creates longer-term, higher quality relationships between pilots: the kind of relationships that don't just help you find a job, but help students explore career opportunities, learn and grow as pilots and professionals and continue the legacy of aviation.

Why is Mentorship important?

For thousands of years, the young and inexperienced have learned new skills from watching and talking to experienced, established mentors. Since the dawn of airplanes, pilots have learned in a similar way. Learning by watching and doing is a natural way that humans learn. In aviation, mentors aren't only important for stick and rudder and decision making skills. They're also important in helping new pilots decide on career paths, develop soft skills that will be invaluable through their career, and connect them to a community of similar people.

Is there a trial version of the private pilot ground school?

Yes! We have a FREE course on Student Pilot Fundamentals. This course includes elements that we decided were most important to helping new pilots make the most of their first twenty hours or so of flight training. It includes topics like aerodynamics, some systems basics and stick and rudder fundamentals.

Are there bulk subscription rates for flight schools and instructors?

Not yet, but this is something we are very excited to pursue! If you'd be interested in a bulk subscription for your students or flight school, please email us at support@flightapprentice.com

Does Flight Apprentice have a brick-and-mortar flight school?

No. For now, we are entirely online. In the future a brick-and-mortor flight school would excite us immensely! But, we currently have neither the time, nor money to open one. Our vision for the future includes a brick-and-mortor flight school with a fleet of simple tailwheel aircraft for primary flight training.

Does Flight Apprentice have a mobile app?

No. We're in the process of creating one. If you have app-development experience we'd love to talk. Email us at support@flightapprentice.com

Does Flight Apprentice give away or sell any of my personal information?

Absolutely not. We've thought a lot about what information we ask students and mentors to disclose. We intentionally don't ask for things like your address or certificate number. And we certainly will not give or sell any of the information we do collect. If you have any questions about your personal information, please read our privacy policy or email us at support@flightapprentice.com

I want to learn to fly. How do I start?

Call your local flight school and schedule an introductory flight. They usually range from $100-$200 and will give you a chance to fly an airplane. This is a great way to start because it helps you see if flying is something you'd like to continue pursuing. Once you're set on training, you'll need to do several more things: Find a flight school and instructor, obtain a medical certificate, budget in money and time, and buy supplies (books, video programs, etc).

How is Flight Apprentice different from other online ground school programs?

We try to teach exactly how we've observed many students to learn best: By starting each lesson from a blank-slate and building step-by-step toward a more in depth understanding. Each student gets an almost personal lesson, from start to finish. Repeated through until the end of the course. Many online ground schools are cheesy lectures that feature instructor-personas more than they feature the concepts. In our view, the student is the #1 priority. Ground school should be, above all, useful.

How much does it cost?

We have a variety of subscriptions. For now, our Student Pilot Fundamentals course is available for free.

How much time is required to complete the ground school?

Rough estimate: 40 hours. The beauty of online-ground school is that students can take however long they need to ensure they understand the topic. We recommend students take notes and make flashcards while they work their way through the course. All the videos could be watched in a  day or two. But that is not the goal. Take the time required to learn the topics well.

Can Flight Apprentice endorse me for my written test?

No. However, we do provide students with the tools required to think critically as pilots. In the future, we hope to have specific written test-prep material and the ability to give endorsements. In the meantime, students will need to be endorsed by their instructor.

I'm not a career pilot, but I'd still like to give back and mentor. How can I help?

Are mentors paid?

No. Our mentorship program relies entirely upon volunteer mentor pilots.

Can I cancel my subscription and receive a refund?

Yes. If you'd like to cancel your service and receive a refund, please email us at support@flightapprentice.com

How much time do I sacrifice as a Mentor?

It's up to you! The program itself is designed with the idea that mentors and apprentices will check in at least a few times each year. Pairs could communicate much more frequently than that, and interested mentors can also mentor multiple apprentices at once! You are in control of your time as a mentor.

 

Is there a trial version?

Yes! We currently offer a three day trial period of the Private Pilot Ground School! While a credit card is required to sign up, your card will not be charged until the 3rd day.

Do you offer bulk subscription rates for flight schools or instructors?

Yes, however on a case-by-case basis. If you're interested, please email us at support@flightapprentice.com or reach out to us on social media!

Does Flight Apprentice have a brick-and-mortar flight school?

No. We are full-time pilots with separate careers. Perhaps one day!

What devices/software is the ground school compatible with?

The Flight Apprentice website is entirely browser-based and works with any modern web browser including Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari and Firefox.

What makes the Flight Apprentice ground school better?

We develop our course information to help students prioritize the most critical information. Students in many ground school programs suffer from information overload: we know that some information is most important to future aviators, especially decision making, aerodynamics and aircraft control, and risk management. We integrate these topics throughout our course, and emphasize these critical areas to ensure that pilots build a solid foundation early in their piloting career. We help students ingrain this critical information through brief video lectures, scenario discussions and handouts.

How much time is required to complete the ground school?

This is mostly dependent upon individual student work ethic, but plan for around 80 hours of work.

Can Flight Apprentice endorse me for my written exam?

Yes! After successfully completing the Private Pilot Ground School, you will receive a graduation certificate which also serves as a written test endorsement.

Can I cancel or refund my subscription?

Absolutely! We will refund your subscription no questions asked up to two weeks after purchase. You can always cancel your subscription before the next charge date on your account page.

How do apprentices and mentors communicate?

We initiate contact between mentors and apprentices using our built-in messaging system. Afterwards, you can exchange contact information if you want to communicate a different way.

Why is mentorship so important?

Mentors help new pilots get and stay on track. They can tell new pilots when they have a bad instructor or bad school or just give advice for how they learned something. They are an example that other pilots can look up to as they progress throughout their career.

I'm not a career pilot, but I'd still like to give back and mentor. How can I help?

There's lots you can do! We recommend looking into the EAA Young Eagles program to fly aspiring pilots in your free time. Or, check out a similar program from our friends at Fly For The Culture —a non-profit that is working hard to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion in aviation. You can also get your flight instructor certificate and instruct part time! The nation is in need of passionate instructors to train and mentor the next generation.

Are mentors paid?

No. Our mentorship program is entirely voluntary.

How much does the mentorship program cost?

The mentorship program is completely free.

Are there age limits for the mentorship program?

Nope!

How much time does being a mentor require?

It's entirely up to you. When you sign up, tell us how many apprentices you're interested in taking on, or what your time requirements are.

Can I cancel by role as a mentor or apprentice?

Of course. You can remove yourself from the mentorship program at any time by emailing us at support@flightapprentice.com

Is Flight Apprentice a secure website?

Yes. We use SSL and a secure payment system called Stripe to ensure that user data is always protected.

Does Flight Apprentice give away or sell my personal information?

Never.

What do you use my personal information for?

We work hard to collect only the information we need to create a good user experience. We use this information to improve the quality of connections in the mentorship program, user experience in our courses, and in some cases for marketing purposes. You can request that we delete all of your user information at any time by emailing us at support@flightapprentice.com with your username.

Is Flight Apprentice hiring?

Not currently. However, we're always interested in partnering with people that share our common mission. If you think you can help us out, send us an email or reach out to us on social media!

How can I become an affiliated CFI?

For the time being, we're limiting our affiliate CFI program to those instructors we know personally. But regardless, if you're interested, shoot us an email or reach us on social media and we'll let you know when we open it up to more instructors!

Do you offer a veteran's discount?

Yes. We offer a 10% discount on all paid courses to active and former military. In order to qualify, you need to send us proof of service. Please go to our Veteran's Discount page to learn more.

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