Frequently Asked Questions about R-MA Flight
Have a question about the flight program that is not addressed here? E-mail the Flight Director, Laura Abraham, at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no official age you have to be begin flight training; however, most of our flight students are juniors and seniors due to the popularity of the program. We do occasionally allow sophomores to begin training, but that is rare. You have to be sixteen years old to solo and seventeen years old to obtain a private pilot certificate.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publishes a list of medications that would be considered disqualifying medications and would prevent you from obtaining an FAA medical. You will need a current FAA medical to solo or to obtain a private pilot certificate. You would still be able to participate in the flight program even if you are taking a disqualifying medication; however, you would not be able to solo or obtain a certificate. If you have a question or concern about a certain medication, you can contact the director of flight training at email@example.com.
You have to be off of the medication for at least 90 days. Then, a letter must be obtained from the prescribing doctor saying that you have had no adverse affects from going off of the medication. The letter is taken to an Aviation Medical Examiner, and he/she sends the letter to the FAA headquarters in Oklahoma City. After that is done, the Aviation Medical Examiner will receive a letter from FAA headquarters either granting or denying permission for the issuance of an FAA medical. This process can take several months or even as long as a year.
No, an Aviation Medical Examiner is the only doctor who can issue an FAA medical. We are fortunate to have an Aviation Medical Examiner in town. Her name is Dr. Nirmal Kanal.
Ground school is geared toward students wishing to obtain a private pilot certificate. Usually only juniors and seniors can be enrolled in the ground school due to the popularity of the class. If your goal is to just solo, the instructors can teach you what you need to know in order to solo on a one-to-one basis. Ground school is an academic class that meets during first period every day. You do not need to be enrolled in the ground school to begin flight training.
When your instructor feels that you are ready to fly by yourself, you will fly in the traffic pattern without an instructor. You will complete three unassisted take-offs and landings. Soloing is required to obtain a private pilot certificate. It also builds a tremendous amount of self-esteem!
Every student is different. R-MA's first concern is safety, and we will not solo you unless the instructors feels you are ready. Obviously, the more consistent your training is, the faster you will progress.
We encourage our students to schedule at least one lesson per week. Sometimes there are opportunities to fly more than once a week. In order for all of our students to be able to fly once a week, you will occasionally miss academic classes to fly. You are not allowed to miss the same class two weeks in a row. You are also not allowed to fly if you will be missing a quiz or test, unless you have permission from your teacher.
We do not require a certain GPA, but there are academic restrictions. Students with all As, Bs, and Cs may miss class to fly with teacher permision. Students with any Ds may fly after classes. Students with any Fs, who are on restriction, or on APSH (Academic Probation Study Hall) may not fly.
Yes, there is an opportunity to fly on Sunday mornings.
Again, each student progresses at a different rate. It is a Federal Aviation Regulation though that each student must log a minimum of 40 hours flight training before they can take their private pilot checkride. On average though, it takes longer than 40 hours to obtain a private pilot certificate.
It is hard to say what the exact amount of your flight training will be. Each student progresses at a different rate. The director of flight training would be more than happy to discuss this with you if you have further questions. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, you may participate, but you must see the director of flight training to fill out the international student application. You must bring your passport to us and know your addresses and phone numbers for the past five years. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) charges a $130 application fee during this process. There may also be an additional cost for fingerprinting. TSA approval takes an average of two months to complete.
You should contact one of the flight instructors for the necessary paperwork. A copy of a United States passport or birth certificate is needed and an indemnity agreement must be signed by a parent or guardian.