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Flight Training Syllabus

A typical sequence of flight instruction might consist of the following
lessons. Additional instruction and practice would be assigned by
the flight instructor as needed.
Note: what follows is for demonstration purposes only.
Consult a certified flight school or pilot training center for details.



FLIGHT LESSON ACTIVITIES AND OBJECTIVES
lesson #1 Dual Instruction. Use of the checklist and safety considerations of engine starting and runup. Use of control inputs necessary for leveling off and maintaining altitude in turns and level flight.
lesson #2 Dual Instruction. Preflight activities, including engine start, taxi, and engine runup. Straight-and-level flight, climbs and descents, and control of airspeed with power and attitude. Traffic pattern entry. Control of airplane's ground track during crosswind conditions.
lesson #3 Dual Instruction. Climbs, glides, turns, straight-and-level flight, and maneuvering during slow flight. Maintaining airspeed within 10 knots and heading within 20 degrees of that desired. Traffic pattern departure and entry procedures and the use of the appropriate wind correction angles necessary to maintain specific ground tracks.
lesson #4 Dual Instruction. Practice maneuvers. Maintaining airspeed within 10 knots. Loss or gain of altitude will be restricted to within 200 feet and heading control within 20 degrees while in straight-and-level flight.
lesson #5 Dual Instruction. Ground reference maneuvers. Proper techniques for wind drift correction and entry to maneruvers. Maintain a specific ground track while in straight flight. Stalls and recovery with a minimum loss of altitude.
lesson #6 Dual Instruction. Emergencies and the procedures necessary for safe conduct of flight. During changes in airspeed and configuration, altitude will be maintained within 175 feet and heading within 20 degrees.
lesson #7 Progress Check by Chief Flight Instructor. Proficient performance of all of the basic flight maneuvers. Maintain altitude withing 150 feet, heading within 15 degrees and airspeed control within 5 knots of preselected airspeed. Evaluation will be based on smoothness and judgment in all maneuvers.
lesson #8 Dual Instruction. Wake turbulence avoidance and the handling of electrical system emergencies. Preparation for solo flight. Review of basic maneuvers. Maintain altitude within 150 feet, heading within 10 degrees and airspeed within 5 knots of that desired.
lesson #9 Dual Instruction. Practice maneuvers and procedures, including ground reference maneuvers and proper wind drift correction necessary for solo flight.
lesson #10 Solo Flight. Student will fly first solo flight in the traffic pattern with 3 takeoffs and landings.
lesson #11 Progress Check by Chief Flight Instructor. The student will display the proficiency and competency rquired to act as pilot in command of the aircraft on subsequent solo flights. An understanding and demonstration of proper radio procedures, traffic procedures on the ground, and traffic pattern entry and departure at the airport will be required.
lesson #12 Dual Instruction. Short-field and soft-field approaches and landings. VOR navigation equipment.
lesson #13 Solo Flight. Solo review and practice of assigned maneuvers.
lesson #14 Dual Instruction. Night flight. Maintain altitude within 100 feet, heading within 10 degrees, airspeed within 5 knots on all approaches for night landings. Night emergencies.
lesson #15 Solo Flight. Solo review and practice of assigned maneuvers.
lesson #16 Progress Check by Chief Flight Instructor. The student will display the ability to maintain specific ground tracks, execute stall recoveries with a minimum altitude loss, and perform short-field and soft-field takeoffs and landings using correct procedures. During the use of radar vectors and DF steers, the student will be able to follow controller instructions while maintaining altitude within 100 feet and assigned heading within 10 degrees.
lesson #17 Dual Cross Country. Cross country flight with landing more than 50 nautical miles from point of departure. Operations include preflight action, flight planning, weather analysis, use of available publications, pilotage, dead-reckoning and radio navigation.
lesson #18 Solo Cross Country. Solo repeat of previous cross country.
lesson #19 Progress Check by Chief Flight Instructor. Examination of the student's ability to plan and execute a cross-country flight.
lesson #20 Dual Night Cross Country. Cross country flight at night with total distance at least 100 nautical miles. Operations include preflight action, flight planning, weather analysis, use of available publications, pilotage, dead-reckoning, instrument flight and radio navigation.
lesson #21 Solo Cross Country. This second solo cross country is of increased distance and duration, utilizing pilotage, dead--reckoning, and radio navigation.
lesson #22 Solo Cross Country. This third solo cross country is at least 150 nautical miles with landings at a minimum of 3 points, one of which is at least 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure.
lesson #23 Dual Instruction. Practice and review of designated maneuvers and procedures in preparation for the private pilot practical flight test.
lesson #24 Solo Flight. Solo review of maneuvers and procedures.
lesson #25 Progress Check by Chief Flight Instructor. Evaluation of the student's proficiency in the maneuvers and procedures required to successfully complete the private pilot practical flight test. Additionally, radar services for use by VFR pilots are introduced.
lesson #26 Dual Instruction. Review of maneuvers and procedures required to successfully complete the private pilot practical flight test.
lesson #27 Solo Flight Solo review of maneuvers and procedures required to successfully complete the private pilot practical flight test.
lesson #28 Final Progress Check by Chief Flight Instructor. Evaluation to determine if the student has acquired the proficiency level required to successfully complete the private pilot practical flight test.
Flight Test FAA Private Pilot Practical Flight Test. With all paper work complete, including the passage of the FAA written exam, the student schedules a testing date with a designated FAA Flight Examiner. The 3-4 hour test includes an oral exam on the ground and 2 hour flight test in the air.


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