Am I ready to go for a checkride?

February 5, 2011

Many pilots put a lot time and effort to acquire flying skills and aeronautical knowledge. And if you think you spent enough time with your instructor and you spent the time reading and self studying on the material that the instructor shows you, you will pass your checkride and get your pilot certificate.

Call Universal Air Academy 1-626-454-5254 (main office) and get more information. If you dreamt of flying, we can make it happen!

I want to get my flight training with my favorite airplane and my favorite instructor.

October 16, 2010

Quite often, we have customers at the flight school that have a favorite airplane to fly in and a favorite instructor to fly with. That’s great! As long as you schedule in advance, you will be able to schedule with no problem. But there are times in your flight training, where you may fly with a different instructor. When could that be?

  1. When there is an unexpected scheduling adjustment due to weather, aircraft maintenance, or delayed flights.
  2. Stage Checks (which is a flight where the training curriculum will have another instructor see and make a friendly evaluation) to get second opinions on how you are progressing.
  3. When the instructor has flown over his/her allowed limits( In any 24-consecutive-hour period, a flight instructor may not conduct more than 8 hours of flight training by law. – 14 CFR 61.195)

So, when the time comes, don’t worry. It’s only one flight or two that you miss your favorite instructor and airplane.  It’s not the end of the world.

But what happens if there is an instructor that get’s hired by an airline company and now you “really” can not fly with your favorite instructor any more? Humm. Unfortunately, what we can say is, “that’s just the way it is.” (in this case) But, still, no worries.  Flight instructors will work it out to make sure that you will get introduced to your new flight instructor and your training will be followed up by either you Pilot Logbook entries that your favorite instructor entered, or by the student record folder so your transition from the “old” instructor to the “new” instructor will be seamlessly conducted in an efficient manner.

By the way, the same goes with helicopter flight training!

What is the telephone number for the Brackett Location?

October 9, 2010

Flight training for airplanes and flight training for helicopters can be conducted in two convenient locations at Universal Air Academy.

  1. For customers that find the west side of the Los Angeles basin more convenient to visit for your flight training, please visit our El Monte Facility. Flight School Address: 4233 Santa Anita Ave. Unit 13 El Monte, California 91731 Tel: 1-626-454-5254.
  2. For customers that find the east side of the Los Angeles basin more convenient to visit, please visit our Brackett Field Facility. Flight School Address: 1925 McKinley Ave. Suite H La Verne, California 91750 Tel: 1-909-596-9284.

Both airports are suitable airports for the purpose of flight training. Aircraft Rentals are also available and many of our customers fly out of both airports on weekends. *certain restrictions may apply. Please call for details.

I didn’t know we can fly on Sundays.

October 5, 2010

One of the best things to do on a nice sunny Sunday is to go out flying! As long as you are checked out on our aircraft, either a helicopter or an airplane and you have received the aircraft flight training check out, you will be able to rent our aircraft to fly. Rarely, but sometimes, restrictions may apply but if you have any questions, please call us to find out your status.  If you have not been flying consistently, then we may require an aircraft check out to ensure your safety.

“Currency” is one of the most important factors for safe flying.  Keep track of your currency and be safe and legal. It’s always a good idea to go up with one of our instructors to make sure you are kept up to date with the current NOTAMs that you might not be aware of. For example, do you know the phraseology “line up and wait”?

I was wondering how much a helicopter ride is?

September 27, 2010

If you have no prior experience or if you have not been checked out to fly at Universal Air Academy at either of our location(El Monte or Brackett), you can experience a flight lesson for 30 to an hour and learn to fly either a helicopter or an airplane.

If you are looking for a flight school for a friend of yours that is interested in flying or a family member that “wants” to fly, you can offer them a flight as a “gift certificate.”

It is one of the best gift that gets appreciated by the person whom receives it. Flying is a “dream” for many people and your gift will definitely be a one that will be remembered because you are the one that makes the “dream come true.”

Please, call 1-626-454-5254 and ask for the options that we have for gift certificates. The front desk operators will gladly assist you!

30 minutes in an airplane with a flight instructor that will safely introduce the “first-time student pilot” how to handle the airplane is around $70.

30 minutes in a helicopter with a flight instructor that will safely introduce the “first-time student pilot” how to handle the helicopter is around $130.

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I have a time restriction. Will I be able to complete my training?

September 24, 2010

Qualified flight instructors at Universal Air Academy provide dedicated training to each individual’s goal based on industry standard Jeppesen flight training syllabus for airplane flight training, and Robinson helicopter flight training guide for the helicopter flight training provided by the helicopter manufacture.

Your flight training will be evaluated in accordance to the standards provided by the flight training syllabus by the flight instructors. The instructors will provide guidance for students to enhance their flight training to meet their goals.

If you’re flight training is time sensitive, contact us for planning your flight training and we will provide you with the best plan for you.

When would it be the best time of the year to start Flight Training in Southern California

June 8, 2010

El Monte Airport in Southern California is the BEST of the BEST when it comes to Pilot Training ALL YEAR LONG:

  • When you need nice calm clear visibility conditions, in the beginning of the training, you got it.
  • When you want to practice crosswind effects, you can get it.
  • If you want to go VMC, you got it.
  • If you want to go IMC, you can get it.
  • If you want Controlled airspace, you got it.
  • If you want Special Use / Other airspace, you can find it.
  • If you want Non-Controlled Airspace, you got it.
  • If you want Mountain, Valley, River, Ocean, Beach, Island, High Altitude, Low Altitude, Quiet Airspace, Busy Airspace, you can get it.

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What does it take to get my Helicopter Add-on?

May 31, 2010

First of all, what is an “Add-On?”  Here’s a Quick Ref.

PILOT CERTIFICATES – Universal Air Academy Inc

  • Student Pilot
  • Sport Pilot
  • Recreational Pilot
  • Private Pilot
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Airline Transport Pilot(ATP)

Each Pilot Certificate has its own unique Privileges and Limitation. Most of the time you will hear the majority of the people who fly say, “the first license” is the “Private Pilot Certificate.”  There’s nothing wrong with that.  If I were to quickly explain about “pilot certification” to somebody, I’ll probably choose to say the same. However, technically, that’s not correct.  The “Student Pilot Certificate” would be the first pilot certificate that you pursue, get and earn. Then comes the rest.

Within the various types of pilot certificates, as you receive your ground and flight training with an authorized flight instructor, you get the privilege of flying an airplane based on a student pilot certificate, or for example, a helicopter based on a student pilot certificate.  In order to obtain and be able to exercise the privileges of a student pilot certificate, there are specific requirements that you have to meet and the Certified Flight Instructor, commonly known as a CFI, will guide your training so that it meets those requirements pertaining to the aircraft that you are going to be flying.  Email us if you would like to know the requirements for a specific aircraft.

If you want to get your Private Pilot Certificate, one of the requirements is to have a student pilot certificate.  Along with all the other  requirements, eventually, the CFI will guide you and sign you off to go on a “test”, commonly refered to as the “CHECKRIDE.”  This is where you will be checked to see if you meet all the requirements that you must have to obtain the pilot certificate that you are seeking, then have Knowledge Oral Examination, followed by a Flight Test.  Once you demonstrate your skills and decision-making and knowledge and found to be within the standards, you will be granted the Pilot Certificate.

So, what does everybody do with the Private Pilot Certificate that they get?  Well, some people store it. Some people fly on weekend just to enjoy the privilege that he/she earned.  Some people continue on with training for other Pilot Certificates and “category ” and “class” and “types.” 

This is where the term “ADD-ON” is used.  If you are already an airplane private pilot certificate holder and you want to become a holder of a helicopter pilot certificate, you will need to receive additional training to meet the requirements in the Regulation. Once you meet all the requirements and obtain a different category or class aircraft privilege, your pilot certificate will be replaced with an updated version and the list of different types and ratings that you have will increase. 

If you have any questions about what you can add-on to your pilot certificate, you can email us and we can guide you to see what we have to offer.  Send Email.

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Flight School: Phone 1-626-454-5254


Address: 4233 Santa Anita Ave. #13 El Monte, California 91731 USA

Do you have everything you need for the flight?

May 27, 2010

I remember a training flight with a student that I flew with and we were trying to meet one of the cross country flight requirements towards a commercial rating. 

I usually have everything that I need.  It could be anything from the basic pilot items like the Current Aeronautical Chart for the area that you intend to fly in, a headset(that works) for you and the passenger(s), a flash light for preflight inspections and post flight inspections regardless of day or night and the list goes on and on.

Well, that’s probably good enough, right? So, what did my student do? He didn’t come with anything except for the following:

  1. his iPhone and his wallet and his car keys;
  2. a Garmin GPS (with no extra battery nor auxiliary/external power unit);
  3. information about when the restaurant on Montgomery Field (MYF) closes.

The entire flight actually came out to be a very good flight. We learned that back in those days, if you had a cellular phone with an area code New York for example, and called 1-800-WX-BRIEF from it in San Diego, you get to talk to some body in New York giving you weather for San Diego.  I’m sorry if I’m wrong, but no worries anymore!  It’s FIXED!

We learned that the GPS is a great aid for flying, but when the battery dies during the day time, it’s not too bad.  But for some reason, if you lose the battery during night-time, you get really worried for about a second or two. But eventually, figure out that a chart works good enough.

We learned how weather can change along the shore before you walk into a restaurant to have dinner to the time that you walk out of the restaurant. And I also learned that the “Get-There-itis” is true.  We modified our route of flight, airspeed and therefore the ETA not based on the aircraft performance, weather, and ATC like we had planned; but based on making sure that we get to the restaurant before they take “last orders.”

There was a list of things that came up in my mind during the flight, that I didn’t need at that time but wished I had in case I do need it. I wish I had noted it as I thought of it.  Because the only thing that I can remember, today are “the DOORS”.

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I haven’t flown for over 3 years, I wanna get it done this time. How much will it cost me?

May 24, 2010

The “feeling of accomplishment” is always something that make you feel great.  And may be that’s why alot of pilots and gonna-be-pilots keep flying! 

The moment that you start an engine you hear the sound that shakes you up. You get the sensation very similar to those you get at your favorite artists concert.  There’s a lot of noise but the moment everybody hears the “key sound,” you know it’s time to get up on your feet.

As you prepare for takeoff, it’s just like the prelude. When Air Traffic Controller say, “Cleared for Takeoff;” the heat is on!

The more you do it the more you wanna do it. When you get the hang of it, you wanna do-it-yourself.  When you know you can do-it-yourself, then you wanna do it better and better and better!

What’s your next level of accomplishment in aviation? If you already started your training but stopped for whatever reason, how about you start again from where you left off. It’s guaranteed satisfaction when you pass that checkride and get your pilot certificate in your mailbox.

Here’s the current hourly rate sheet for aircraft rental.  Email us or visit us and bring your pilot logbook in along with you.  Let us see if you can get your pilot license this summer or sooner.

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