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Flight training includes all aspects of training and testing pilots and other crew members

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What happens during a checkride for a private pilot license?

For a Private Pilot License in USA, what happens when a student takes his/her checkride? I want to know the sequence of events. According to my knowledge, which is sort of vague, things proceed as ...
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What should I do after failing the oral portion of my private pilot check ride?

What steps should I take after failing the oral portion of the check ride for my PPL?
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What does it cost to get an ATP certificate from scratch?

If someone decides to become a professional pilot - meaning an airline or business jet pilot in the USA - what does it cost to get the certifications and ratings and build enough hours to become ...
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What does the ‡ symbol in the Chart Supplement (A/FD) designate?

In the Chart Supplement there is occasionally a symbol after the operating hours for control towers (and other time information) like what's shown below. What ...
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What are the requirements to take the private pilot check ride?

In the US, what are the requirements that a student pilot must demonstrate to their examiner before they can take a checkride for their private pilot airplane certificate?
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Why are student pilots' shirt tails cut after they complete their first solo?

There's a standing tradition, at least in the USA, that a student pilot has their shirt cut, signed and dated by their instructor. What is the origin of this practice and what is its significance?
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Will I fail a check-ride if I do a go-around for a short-field landing?

Let's assume that I'm on a check-ride and my next requirement is to perform a short-field landing. If I'm coming in for landing and it's obvious I'm not going to hit my mark, can I perform a go-...
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Advantages in using a flight sim to prep for a private license? [duplicate]

I'm starting to save up to get my pilots license and I was thinking I might be able to do some amount of prep work by using a flight simulator. That being said, I realize there must be some huge ...
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Do I have to do all exercises during a checkride, even if I did them in a previous one?

I am currently a private pilot with an instrument rating and multi-engine rating. I own and regularly fly my own twin engine airplane and have been thinking about getting my commercial rating. Part ...
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What is the minimum possible number of hours required to carry passengers?

Not factoring learning curve, personal safety minimums, and pilot proficiency, what is the absolute minimum flight time that must be logged in order to carry a passenger in a piston engine aircraft in ...
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How can I determine the quality of training provided by a CFI at a local flying club?

I'm considering getting a private pilot license, but considering that it is more dangerous than driving a car (with pilot error being a large factor of that), I want to make sure I train with a CFI ...
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Is it safer to do a regular approach than a short approach?

All things equal, from a standard traffic pattern at a towered airport, is it safer to do a short approach when approved by tower, or a normal one? Assume a Cherokee, Cessna 172, or similar small ...
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Can Microsoft Flight Simulator help me learn to fly (or make me a better pilot)?

Microsoft Flight Simulator has "flight lessons" with a virtual flight instructor, some of which teach concepts that are taught during actual flight training. These simulators are becoming very ...
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How much should it cost to get IFR-rated? What to look for?

(Related to this question) Many pilots have told me that an IFR rating is the most valuable thing i can do to improve my flying and margin of safety. I know there are courses as quick as, "Get ...
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How much, generally speaking, does it cost to learn how to fly?

One of my life goals is to learn how to fly a plane. I can't do it now due to time constraints, but I am curious: How much, in general terms, does it cost to learn how to fly? I.e. piloting lessons, ...
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Can I count PIC time when regaining night currency with an instructor?

Let's say I want to get night current again, but I haven't flown at night recently so I hire an instructor to fly with me. If I don't count PIC time I don't see a problem, I would just log it as dual ...
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When can I request flight following?

I'm a student pilot doing all VFR flying and making flight plans for training. I've heard that most people don't file a flight plan for VFR outside of training though, and instead request "flight ...
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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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How can I customize my training to become a flight instructor?

I plan on starting my flight training soon at the age of 41, but I don't want to stop at PPL and simply fly for fun: I want to ultimately be a CFI. With this goal in mind, my question is what ...
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What are the requirements to convert an FAA certificate to EASA/JAA?

If a pilot holding a US certificate wanted to convert it to an equivalent EASA (JAA?) certificate, what training, flight experience, and exams are necessary to obtain equivalency? Does the process ...
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What's the difference between FAA Part 61 and Part 141 training?

I've got schools with both part approvals in my area. I'm just interested in recreational flying, I'm not sure which part is more suited to my needs. What are the differences I should consider before ...
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What does a sport pilot have to do to get a private pilot certificate in the US?

What are the minimum requirements for obtaining a privates pilot certificate if a pilot already has a sport pilot certificate? The requirements for a private pilot certificate don't changes because ...

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