Archive for October, 2010

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!

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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”?