Policies & Procedures

General

We all like freedom, especially the freedom of flight. However, with every freedom come responsibilities. All rules can be broadly divided into Flight Rules established by Federal Aviation Administration (known as Federal Aviation Regulations, or FAR), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules, and company policies and procedures. We don't have control over the first two, but we try to make the company rules (that are still necessary to ensure everybody's pleasant flying experience) as simple as possible. We advise you to familiarize yourself with all information contained in this section before applying for training. It will save you a lot of time. If you print and fill out all forms and bring all required documents and their copies to your first appointment, it will make the whole process much smoother.

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Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Rule

Before September 11, 2001, it was possible for anyone to just show up in a flight school and start taking flying lessons. After those tragic events, TSA has implemented a rule that requires all non U.S. citizens to undergo a background check before they can start training. The most current version of the rule can be found on FAA website here: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title49/49cfr1552_main_02.tpl

Of course, reading this government document might require more patience than most of us possess, so AOPA has nicely put it in plain English for us:http://www.aopa.org/tsa_rule/. This article describes documents and information required from each kind of candidate as well as the qualification process step by step. We just need to point out several important details.

Our company trains pilots who fall into Category 3 according to the TSA Rule. That means that if you are a U.S. Citizen, the only thing you need to do is to present any acceptable proof of citizenship and let us make a copy of it.

For non U.S. citizens, the process is more involved and costly, however you may start your training not waiting for the TSA approval. All you need to do is apply for training with TSA. If TSA notifies us of a potential threat (which is not likely) we have to stop training.

We recognize that application fees add to flight training costs. In the spirit of our company's goal to provide cost-effective training solutions, we are willing to share your burden. That means that we will post $100 credit into your account after the TSA approval according to this schedule. Please note that this credit is not redeemable for cash, only towards purchases of our company's services and products.

 

 

If you came to us at this point

The credit will be posted to your account at this time

Private Pilot Course

Before your first local solo

Next business day after your first local solo

After your first solo but before cross-country solo

Next business day after your first solo cross-country flight

After your first solo cross-country flight

Next business day after successful private pilot practical test

Instrument Rating Course

Beginning of course

Next business day upon completion of the simulator part of the course

With some instrument training

Next business day after successful instrument rating practical test

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Operating Procedures

Our Operating Procedures are designed to ensure fast progress, pleasant, safe, and fair environment for all our clients. Please download this document, review, sign, and date it. Keep a copy for your records and bring the signed original with you. Please contact us if you have trouble downloading or opening the document.

Operating Procedures (Adobe pdf).

Operating Procedures (Miscrosoft Word).

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Pilot Information Form

Please print, fill out, sign, and date the Pilot Information Form. Please contact us if you have trouble downloading or opening the document.

Pilot Information Form (Adobe pdf).

Pilot Information Form (Microsoft Word).

For instructors only also Pilot History Form.

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General Credit Card Authorization Form

Please print, fill out, sign, and date the Credit Card Authorization Form. Please contact us if you have trouble downloading or opening the document.

General Credit Card Authorization Form (Adobe pdf).

General Credit Card Authorization Form (Microsoft Word).

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List of All Required Documents
  • For U.S. citizens: proof of citizenship. The list of acceptable proofs is listed in the TSA Rule and on the AOPA website. See section TSA Rule for links. If the proof of citizenship doesn't qualify as a photo ID, please bring a valid state-issued photo ID.

  • For non-U.S. citizens: current, unexpired passport and visa, copy of proof that TSA fees have been paid.

  • U.S and non-U.S. pilot certificates

  • Medical certificate

  • Pilot Information Form filled, signed, and dated

  • Operating Procedures signed and dated

  • General Credit Card Authorization Form filled, signed, and dated if applicable

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Specific Credit Card Authorization Form

If it's ever necessary for you to authorize a credit card payment, please use the form below. Please contact us if you have trouble downloading or opening the document.

Specific Credit Card Authorization Form (Adobe pdf).

Specific Credit Card Authorization Form (Microsoft Word).

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Aircraft Checkout Form

If you are a qualified pilot and would like to checkout in one of our aircraft, please fill out the checkout form and bring it to your checkout appointment.

Aircraft Checkout Form (Adobe pdf).

Aircraft Checkout Form (Microsoft Word).

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