Some helpful information of a few common terms and definitions to help you get started.
- (FAA) Federal Aviation Administration. This is the government agency that oversees and regulates all things related to air travel and safety in the USA.
- (PPL) Private Pilot License. This is the most common and usually the first certificate that student pilot will obtain. It allows you to fly just about anywhere as long as the weather is nice.
- Sport Pilot License. This is a very new certificate that allows a person to become a pilot. It requires less training hours and the cost is less than a PPL but it has many restrictions.
- (CFI) Certified Flight Instructor. This is the person that will be teaching you to fly, a teacher for pilots. All of our Instructors have been trained at the University level or trained by a FAA approved professional flight school.
- (ATC) Air Traffic Controller. ATC is in charge of all air and ground traffic for a given area around an airport. Not all airfields are ATC controlled.
- (VFR) Visual Flight Rules. The FAA has designated rules to determine when a person can fly and still be safe. The basic license you will complete only allows you to fly in good weather with very good visibility. Basically, you fly by looking out the windows.
- (IFR) Instrument Flight Rules. This term refers to FAA rules that allow advanced pilots with a specific license to fly in poor weather or through cloud layers. To sum it up, you fly strictly with the aircraft’s instruments to guide you.
- Pre-Flight. This is an inspection of the plane a pilot must complete before every use. The preflight has a checklist that includes all critical parts and systems to ensure the plane is safe for flight.
- (SEL) Single Engine Land. This is the official name of the type of aircraft you will be learning to fly in. The plane has one engine and is designed for land-based take-off and landing.
- (ACS) Airman Certification Standards. An enhanced version of the older Practical Test Standards (PTS). It adds task-specific knowledge and risk management elements to each PTS Area of Operation and Task.