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Lost Logbook, but have all flight information on ZuluLog

Good afternoon everyone. Back in 2013 / 2014 I did Part 61 training in WA State. I had to stop due to financial difficulties at that time. I moved to Phoenix 6 years ago, and now that I want to get ...
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How are practice areas communicated?

When I fly near my local airport (KSSF) in San Antonio, there's a designated South Practice Area and North Practice Area. ATC knows where they are and all the ...
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Why might flight schools prohibit you from testing pitot heat during pre-flight?

Why might flight schools prohibit you from testing pitot heat during pre-flight? I know of a school in Texas that has this policy but don’t understand why. Here is a snippet of the C172 AFM which ...
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Too soon to pass the IATRA exam? (Canada) [closed]

I just finished the IFR group 1 rating this week. Currently at 220h Total flight time with CPL, no job in sight (of course), and wondering if I should start studying for the IATRA now or wait until I'...
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How far back in time does FAA Institutional Authority for 61.160 (R-ATP) minimums go?

61.160 contains the requirements for an R-ATP certificate, and there is a list of FAA approved institutions that are eligible to graduate applicants to meet the R-ATP requirements. There is a column ...
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Why do flight schools refuse to tell me the price of a course?

I have searched many flight schools' sites in my area and none mentions prices, I tried to contact by email and later by calling them, but they still won't tell me the price, why is that? Shouldn't I ...
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What are the prerequisites to join a flight School ? Is it different for each country? [duplicate]

(I didn't finish Highschool, failed French and math fml) I've finished my 3 year diploma in Architecture. I'm 23. Nobody has ever supported me and my dream to be a pilot. Not even my parents, heck ...
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Do any private charter schools sponsor your pilot school tuition?

Do any US or European private charters pay for your jet pilot school in exchange for contract pilot service?
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Do flight schools typically have dress codes or expectations?

I attend a local flight school for lessons once or twice a month. I normally wear a hoody and some tracksuit bottoms as they are comfortable for me and I like to be comfortable whilst doing something ...
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What is the largest flight school in the U.S. that does not offer a degree?

Definition of "largest" for the purpose of this question: the greatest number of flight operations per year on average. What is the largest flight school in the United States that does not offer a ...
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What is the difference between an RPL and a PPL licence?

I am looking forward to starting my training to get my RPL license and I was wondering what the difference was because on the website it looked like you have to do 2 different pieces of training for ...
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Are you required to disclose medical conditions to your flight instructor?

When talking with a local flight school about my interest in starting training, I started asking questions about how the AME process works. The flight instructor then asked me if I had any specific ...
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Can I add ratings to a NNPL?

I have been speaking to a couple of local flying schools. Originally, I was going to train on a Piper Tomahawk to obtain an LAPL. But after explaining to one of them my goals, (just flying for fun, no ...
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Are there any truly 'unrecoverable' situations? [duplicate]

I'm starting my quest to obtain a PPL this weekend. So I guess this question is contextualised around light aircraft like the Piper Tomahawk / Cessna, although it certainly would be interesting to get ...
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LAPL vs PPL - Which is more suitable?

I would really like some help on making the decision as to which license is more suitable for my situation. From reading various forums online, others have had the same questions, but I couldn't find ...
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How much do '1,500 total hours with 500 multi crew hours' cost in Europe?

This company offer a 'fast-track' modular course which, in their words: Our speciality is the training of pilots with no flying experience to become Fastrack airline ready pilots by means of ...
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What are the approximate total training costs of flight school?

I don't really understand how pilots fund their training and then, how it is paid back. Could someone possibly provide a 'timeline' that covers: How much does flight school/training cost from being a ...
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How to become a helicopter pilot? [closed]

I once had a dream of becoming a helicopter pilot. Then life happened: married young, kids, school, career, etc. I'm working in a good career while finishing a Ph.D. in engineering. But still, I find ...
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How do one day simulator courses work?

There are companies such as this that offer one day full simulator experiences where you take several attempts at landing a 747 or something similar. Some people report success after a couple of ...
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Are the items in newbie "kits" actually used during or after training?

I want to start training for my Private certificate but I do not want to waste my money. I'm already purchasing an online course for ground school. Generally speaking, are the following used during ...
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What kind of plane could be leased back to a flight school?

I was having a brief chat with the CFI at a local club/school and he talked about lease back, assuming that the maintenance and insurance is paidfor by the lease back and isnt an issue the question is ...
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Can an online course replace "ground school"? [duplicate]

I just found an ad for a "Learn to Fly Course." Can this course be used INSTEAD OF taking "ground school" at a flight school? On their site it says: Get Your Written Test Endorsement "... We’...
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Flight Training in US as an Alien [duplicate]

I am currently living in the UK, engaged to a US citizen and we are looking to marry and move to the US. The plan is to travel to US with a K1 Visa as fiancé, get married there and apply for ...
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Is there any FAR defining an "introductory" or "familiarization" flight?

I have given a number of young people their first inspirational flight. I am a CFI, but I do not issue any endorsement for these flights, and do not charge for my time or the aircraft. Is there any ...
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How do I log simulator time in my logbook as a CFI?

I'm a CFII at a 141 flight school, and when I give instrument instruction in our AATD flight simulator I'm kind of confused on how to log it. Should I log "As Flight Instructor" time even though it's ...
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61 vs 141: What's better for future US ATP? [closed]

The pros and cons of each are all over the internet. Price and flexibility, which of the two routes looks better when applying for an airline regional or legacy, does it matter? More importantly which ...
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How to improve manual flight skill?

I've got a question quite specific, and directed to expert pilots: How to improve a manual skill during solo flights? I understand that take an instructor with me would probably be the best way, but I ...
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How can I combine flight training hours flown under various legislations in a single logbook? [duplicate]

I am a European citizen and last year I went to the US to start flight training. I got my student license and did my FAA private written exam. I logged about 78 flight hours with a flight school. I ...
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Avoiding leaded gasoline in aviation [closed]

I would like to get into aviation, but I have concern about the leaded gasoline used in most small engine planes. How difficult will it be to avoid avgas while learning to fly? And how should I go ...
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Guidance on becoming a pilot [duplicate]

Can anyone tell me which pilot training institute is best for getting CPL in India? What other things are needed to be done along with CPL in order to become a co-pilot in an airliner?
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Can I continue school for the PPL in another country in another flight school, if it is still inside EU?

I am attending flight school for PPL at the moment at a flight school in Italy. Next year I will study in Germany. It is possible that I will not have finished the PPL until then. Now theoretically ...
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Is there a downside to trying multiple flight instructors?

My local airport has a Part 61 flight school and gives students the option of selecting among three Certified Flight Instructors. Farhan and others have posted excellent explanations of ...
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How to choose a flight school?

I am considering enrolling in a PPL course, and am getting information about the flight schools in my city (Rome, Italy). What should I be looking for? How can I choose among them? Their fees differ ...
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Is joining the air force a good way to become an airline pilot?

I've always loved the air force. However, my main goal is to become an airline pilot. Would joining the air force affect becoming a commercial airline pilot? I am asking because if I join the air ...
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How quickly can someone learn to fly?

I'm a US-citizen living in Japan, and the costs here are insane ($500 per hour). So I'm thinking to go to the US or Australia for my pilot's license, but how long am I'm going to need to live there? ...
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What are the flight training options for a private pilot's license in the US?

In the USA, what training options does a student pilot aiming for their private pilot license have?
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What licenses and/or training should one obtain to be able to fly a drone in California?

The FAA will open up to flying civilian drones in 2015. Should we get pilot licenses to be ready for this? if so, is there a difference between plane or helicopter pilot license? Links related: NASA ...
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Can I save money on becoming a helicopter pilot in the US if I do flight hours in Mexico?

Flight hours costs approximately $285 per hour. Below is a screenshot from a local (Newport Beach, CA) school regarding what it takes to become a private pilot. So I was hoping that maybe there ...
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