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A pilot who is under training and does not yet have full pilot privileges.

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How do I appropriately choose the power settings on a C172 for cruise?

Today during the ground portion with my instructor he asked me "why did you choose to cruise at 2300 rpm flying at 1990 ft pressure altitude?" I didn't have an answer for him, and I couldn't ...
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What is the best aviation pilot flight school in the world? [closed]

What is the best aviation pilot flight school
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How can I best use the ACS?

I'm a student pilot and I feel I'm well studied but there are some concepts that I seem to forget. I'm trying to get beyond the point of relying fully on memory and more so using common sense to ...
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How does control system design ensure correct elevator position with the steering system unlocked? [closed]

I’m having some trouble answering the following problem encountered in one of the worksheets for aviation students: The plane shown in the picture stands on the runway. The pilot, while getting off, ...
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Can the holder(s) of a Student Pilot Certificate, properly endorsed for solo flight privileges, participate in a Formation Flight?

In the U.S., is it legal for the holder(s) of a Student Pilot Certificate, properly endorsed for single engine airplane solo flight privileges (in accordance with the training/proficiency requirements ...
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Is there a deterministic guide to landing?

Much of the aviation related instructions seem clear-cut and science-based. For some reason landing seems heavy on art and light on science. To explain, I’m told to round out at about “yea” height, ...
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Why not extend the downwind when first learning to land?

I'm supposed to turn base when I see my touchdown point is 45° off my shoulder. But I'm a newbie and final has a lot for me to handle all at once. I'm sure as I improve it will become easier, but what ...
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Are ILS approaches taught as part of instrument rating?

Are ILS approaches taught as part of instrument rating? What categories specifically? CAT I? CAT II? CAT III A? CAT III B? CAT III C?
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Why do we still interpolate in performance tables?

I'm getting my Private Pilot License. In the coursework, we learn about flight planning, which requires looking at performance charts for your particular aircraft. These charts in my case are tables ...
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How to Start Flying? [closed]

I am a teenager(mid teen) who wants to learn how to fly and recently discovered this website. I currently want to learn to fly just for my own pleasure. I don't exactly know what I want to do as a ...
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Do study aids for the private pilot knowledge test include the actual questions that will be in the test?

I have been working with the Sporty's course for a while, and doing their FAA Test preps. What are the chances that the questions I am learning on are the same on the actual test? Are the questions on ...
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How do I get access to images and diagrams during the private pilot knowledge test?

I am not sure if the testing center is online or paper based. However, on the private pilot knowledge test, how would one manage the questions related to density altitude, ground roll distance etc., ...
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Should a student pilot use their license to go somewhere? [closed]

I’m a student pilot, and I want to meet my friend for a couple of hours at an airport away from my home airport. I have all my minimums done, but I’m just waiting to take the check ride. I’m wondering ...
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Should I do bachelor first or pilot training first?

I am a student now going to grade 12 residing in Nepal. I am perplexed about should i do my training first get a job and do bachelor alongside with my job or should I do bachelor first and then ...
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I am licensed as a Private Pilot, Airplane Multiengine Land, what do I need to do to be able to fly as PIC in a Single Engine Land aircraft?

I basically got my Multi Engine Rating however not a single engine rating even though most of my training was in ASEL. Now I am curious what I would have to do to be able to fly friends and family in ...
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Can a 16 year old student pilot "pre-take" the checkride?

I am a student pilot, and I soloed about one month after my 16th birthday. I know I can't become a private pilot until I am 17, but I'm wondering if there is a way to take the check ride before you ...
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Does the FAA always require a neuropsychological assessment battery for applicants with a history of ADD?

I'm in the middle of a medical struggle with the FAA. I'm applying for a 3rd class medical certificate but was hit with a deferral letter due to a childhood ADD diagnosis. Currently the FAA is only ...
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What are the pros and cons of buying a kit aircraft vs. a factory-built one?

I am a student pilot, and I am trying to decide on what I should do for a plane. I am leaning towards buying a kit, but what are the advantages or disadvantages for that?
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Where to start learning how to fly and build flight hours? [duplicate]

High school student here. I really want to be a commercial pilot since I was a kid. I really don’t know where to start learning, either cadet pilot school (funded and organized by the airline), a ...
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Switching careers from physics to aviation [closed]

The main question is whether the background in the (scientific) field of applied physics and engineering can help one to start a career in aviation (to do it for living)? It seems impossible and not ...
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If I buy my own aircraft in which to earn my PPL, does my instructor need to be certified to fly the type of aircraft I own/am training in?

It seems the most cost-effective way to earn my PPL is to purchase my own plane (with the intention to keep it for quite some time). I believe I would therefore need to find a CFI that is certified ...
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Is it possible to give an endorsement via text message or email?

Is it possible to give an endorsement to student pilot via email or text message? For example, I gave an endorsement to my student for a XC. However, he stuck at the destination airport after the ...
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Can you become FAA/TC commercial pilot with metal implants in hand?

I have a friend who wants to be a pilot and he has metal implant in his hand. It doesn’t affect his hand movement at all. I know that he will need to check it out with a Civil Aviation medical ...
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Could I hold both an EASA license and a UK CAA license?

With all the ongoing mess with Brexit at the moment, I'm trying to figure out the wood from the trees so to speak. However there seems to me a bit of mass confusion with it all. I'm just wondering if ...
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How can I easily keep track of my landing count during pattern work?

PPL Student pilot, ~20 hrs Hi, whilst doing some pattern work I frequently find myself unable to keep accurate track of the number of landings. There's an AFIS at my home airport who keeps track (...
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What rules allow a student pilot to add oil to an airplane?

A private pilot oral exam guide I'm reading asks a basic question about an issue I had taken for granted: You have just completed the first leg of a long cross-country and notice that the oil level ...
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What is needed to go from a student pilot license to a private pilot license?

I will be 16 in a few weeks and I really want to get flying so I am currently thinking that I should get a Student Pilots license and then get a Private Pilot License next summer when I am 17 but I ...
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Is the war pilot obligated to fly the same plane daily or must he change the plane according to every required mission? [closed]

Can the pilot change his plane, or can he fly in any plane, obediently, to the same plane as the one trained on it?
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How good is an online ground school training? [closed]

I'm a software engineer and an aviation enthusiastic person. I'd like to get a PPL while continuing my current job and I found there are lots of online ground school trainings are available. My ...
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Why might an instructor in a small aircraft choose to descend with a substantial yaw on a first lesson?

Many years ago I took an introductory free (+fuel) flying lesson in a dual-control small aircraft (instructor in right seat) at a small city's municipal airport. There was a third passenger in the ...
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What do I look for when getting a PPL at a college or local school? [closed]

I am interested in getting a private pilots license and I know I can go to a near by airfield to get one. However I would like to know if anyone has received one through college and if it would be ...
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What are the minimum requirements for a student to solo a second make and model aircraft?

Suppose I've done my Private Pilot training in aircraft Make/Model "A" and the one I have access to breaks two weeks before my checkride. My instructor also teaches in model "B". What do I need to ...
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Which airlines allow you to gain hours with them by paying them [closed]

As a fresh grduated pilot is there any airline that you can pay them to fly with them without a salary just to build hours?
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Is it OK to decorate a log book cover?

I'm a student pilot and am thinking about putting a tasteful decal on my log book, if for no other reason than to identify it as my own. Is that OK, or would that be frowned upon? Thanks.
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When to turn from crosswind to downwind to base in a circuit?

I was told by my instructor that my circuit spacing is inconsistent. I do not know how to look at the runway and use it to judge when to turn downwind and base. As a result, my base leg is sometime ...
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How do I know when to use flaps in glide approach or force landing?

During glide approach or practice force landing, I can see the aim point moving down. It means the aircraft will overshoot the field. But I am not sure when should flaps be used or which stage of ...
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What do I need to get my pilot license? [closed]

I am thinking of getting my pilot license, I would love to fly a helicopter or a small plane, but I don't know where to start. What do I need to get a pilot's license? Things like: How much does it ...
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Starting Off My Career as a Pilot [closed]

I am 17 years old and am interesting in pursuing a career as a pilot. I am not sure what I need to do first, but I do have a flight lesson this Saturday to see if I want to continue with this career ...
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How can pilot remember when or where to do tasks such as changing radio frequency and change fuel tank? [duplicate]

As a student pilot, I sometime forget tasks such as changing radio frequency after reaching a location or switching fuel tank in long navigation. These tasks happen in specific time or location ...
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What are the requirements to get a private pilot's license in Indonesia?

I am interested to get license to pilot small civil aircraft (up to max. 4 passengers including the pilot him/herself). I read here that there is no age limitation to get the license as long pass the ...
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What types of gear/supplies are "must-haves" for private pilots? [closed]

Is there certain gear that people consider "must-haves" for a private pilot? Specifically, a new pilot or student pilot.
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Are the student solo endorsements a “package deal” with that one specific instructor?

If someone receives a student who’s completed his old instructor’s pre written solo exam and received an endorsement, do I need to give him my solo test and endorsement? Or go ahead and complete the ...
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Can a flight instructor without instrument rating legally provide instrument training?

In the US the FAA requires student pilots to receive at least 3hrs of instrument flight training. Can a flight instructor that does not hold an instrument rating legally provide a private pilot ...
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How to correct a roll due to turbulence?

I fly a Piper Cherokee 180 (PA-28-180) in an area that has frequent turbulence. When turbulence causes the aircraft to roll to one side I usually try to correct by using aileron and rudder in the ...
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How to maintain your pitch when looking for other traffic in the pattern?

I am a student pilot and I fly in a desert region where turbulence often changes the pitch and airspeed of my aircraft. I am having an issue maintaining pitch while scanning for other aircraft in the ...
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Height Loss In Descend with increase in altitude [closed]

Will the physical height lost in 3D would be same if I descend with 500 fpm from 2000 to 1000 feet compared to descend with 500fpm from 20000 to 19000
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Do I need to copy old entries to my new logbook?

i just got a new logbook to replace my cheap paper cover one, just wondering if i need to copy over all the logs(that my instructor wrote) or just leave it and when i need to tally up my hours read ...
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Can I apply for ASEL and Glider class ratings at the same time?

I would like to get both FAA Private ASEL and Private Glider class ratings. I was told I could take lessons for both ASEL and Glider at the same time under a Student certificate. Can I apply for a ...
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How can an inexperienced pilot tell if the weather is good enough for flying?

When I look at weather in the morning of my flight, it looks good. However, the actual determination can be made later during the day closer to my flight time. Being a student pilot, how can I ...
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As a student pilot can I fly solo hours from any airport?

I am researching flight school because I am very interested in getting my PPL. I live in DFW I just graduated from college and money is tight. So I am saving money to get the PPL. I know the bulk of ...
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