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Are you required to disclose medical conditions to your flight instructor?

When it comes to the AME, you must disclose everything fully and completely. Failure to do so may void any license and insurance and expose you to extraordinary civil and criminal risk. When it ...
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Why do flight schools refuse to tell me the price of a course?

Mostly because what takes one individual 50 hours, will take another 75, and someone else 100. For that reason, most if not all flight schools will only tell you 2 things The minimum number of hours ...
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Are there any truly 'unrecoverable' situations?

One of the more common causes of crash and fatality is a low altitude stall-spin. A spin, in a modern aircraft, isn't of itself deadly -- with many designs, all you have to do it let go of the ...
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Are you required to disclose medical conditions to your flight instructor?

There's no legal or regulatory obligation to tell your instructor about medical conditions as others have said. There may be rare cases where there are insurance considerations the flight school must ...
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Avoiding leaded gasoline in aviation

You could fly gliders. They don't use leaded fuel. In fact, they don't use fuel at all.
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Do flight schools typically have dress codes or expectations?

If you are learning to fly as a hobby and are paying the school your painfully earned money, you can dress however the hell you want, within reason. Formal attire in that circumstance is ridiculous. ...
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Are there any truly 'unrecoverable' situations?

I'm going to make an assumption that solo student flights are in scope here, in which case I would say that flight into IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions) would quite often be unrecoverable. ...
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How do I log simulator time in my logbook as a CFI?

Buy a second logbook Here's one that costs $11 As a CFII who had exactly the same problem that you did, I can tell you that this is the easiest and simplest way to keep your simulator dual given and ...
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Why might flight schools prohibit you from testing pitot heat during pre-flight?

I was taught to check it (on a C152/172) before every flight but I've also heard people say that you don't need to. Some reasons I've heard people give for not checking it are: Risk of draining the ...
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Are there any truly 'unrecoverable' situations?

Generally, an airplane being operated within its published limits won't be able to get into a truly unrecoverable situation. (I'm specifically excluding the case where a recovery is theoretically ...
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How do one day simulator courses work?

I’ve done one of these before (not with that company). It literally used the Microsoft FSX game engine but with an A320 cockpit. You have an instructor guiding you and I got to fly around my local ...
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How do one day simulator courses work?

The simulators you are talking about simulate real life scenarios which can help you practice real life scenarios ... in a simulator. For an hour, they can teach you to land an airliner in nearly ...
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Do flight schools typically have dress codes or expectations?

Expectations Learning to fly is not cheap, and you are likely (depending where you are studying of course) in a minority, if you are there as a hobbyist, because I would expect that most of the other ...
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Are the items in newbie "kits" actually used during or after training?

Well going by Sportys own price lists Flight Gear HP Crosswind bag - 50 PHAK - 16 AFH - 16 AWTB - 16 FAR/AIM - 16 Fuel tester - 11 E6B - 40 Logbook - 16 Plotter - 16 Private Pilot Maneuvers Guide - ...
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Avoiding leaded gasoline in aviation

J. Hougaard's answer is a bit of a smart @ss but it is one way to fly without using leaded fuel minus whatever is burned in the engine of the tow plane. But there a few more alternatives as well. Do ...
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Avoiding leaded gasoline in aviation

This is a long answer but I think it explains a viable, realistic alternative to 100LL and Jet-A. There is a common alternative to 100LL: regular gasoline! Many airplanes, particularly trainers, can ...
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LAPL vs PPL - Which is more suitable?

An LAPL allows you to act as PiC, carrying passengers, but only in the type and variant you pass your test on. A LAPL for aeroplanes will allow you to act as pilot in command (PIC) on two classes ...
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Are there any truly 'unrecoverable' situations?

Let me go out somewhat on a limb here. student [...] looked terrified I'd say that any time you, the pilot, loses composure and/or situational awareness, that can very easily turn a normally ...
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How much do '1,500 total hours with 500 multi crew hours' cost in Europe?

You get to the 1500 hours by working in a flying job once you have your comm/group 1 IFR, which is where the 62k gets you. Even if you wanted to spend a decade renting airplanes to get the time in, ...
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Are there any truly 'unrecoverable' situations?

A stall at low altitude would be one unrecoverable situation, but hopefully the instructor would be alert enough to intervene in time to prevent this occurring. Spins are normally recoverable in light ...
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How to improve manual flight skill?

Don't use the autopilot, use the trim, and look outside! Fixating on the instruments will not make you better. Know the sight picture out the windshield and what wing looks like in relation to the ...
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How can I combine flight training hours flown under various legislations in a single logbook?

Based on what you've written, the main issue for you is TSA approval. As a foreigner, you can't receive initial flight training in the US from any school or instructor unless you have a TSA approval ...
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Can an online course replace "ground school"?

Here in the states this depends on if you are training at a part 61 school or part 141 school Strictly speaking there is no ground school requirement for a part 61 school and you are even allowed to ...
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How to become a helicopter pilot?

If you really want to become a helo pilot, just begin a search for a flight school which does helicopter training. I do recommend Precision Helicopters out in McMinville, OR, but there are plenty of ...
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How do one day simulator courses work?

So how do these day-courses/experiences work? Do they somehow 'dumb down' the simulator, automating most or all of the process'? Yes. They 'dumb down' your experience in two ways: In the rear of ...
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Are there any truly 'unrecoverable' situations?

The answers above are all very correct, but I do want to emphasize a key philosophical element here. When you ask is any [pilot caused] situation truly 'unrecoverable', it's important to remember ...
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Are you required to disclose medical conditions to your flight instructor?

There is no obligation to disclose anything to your CFI, just your AME. That said, your CFI may have useful advice about common problems, if you're willing to talk about them, and they may suggest ...
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Are there any truly 'unrecoverable' situations?

Agree 100% with 'a CVn'. Plus there is the oft missed teaching of Spatial Disorientation, is the one killer in aviation that is often 'unrecoverable'. So many accidents have happened under this cause, ...
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LAPL vs PPL - Which is more suitable?

The LAPL does allow you to fly a Cessna 172 as it's maximum take-off weight is less than 2000kg, during the day, in visual meteorological conditions. It does not allow you to add any extras on, you ...
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61 vs 141: What's better for future US ATP?

Either one is fine, though I'd make sure you seek a good instructor for a part 61 and follow a part 141 syllabus (available through ASA, Jeppesen, King Schools, etc.) when you do yours to verify you ...
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