Archive for the ‘FAQs from Airplane Pilots’ Category

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.

by Editor

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I’m thinking of getting a helicopter add-on. Do I need to take another written test?

February 9, 2010

NO— The FAA does not require that you take another multiple choice written test that you probably remember taking when you got your airplane certificate. However, you are required to take a pre-solo written test and a check ride plus any kind of tests that the instructor requires you to take.

I have a passenger. Do you have a headset that I can borrow?

February 9, 2010

YES— We do have headsets for rental.

Do you have a San Francisco Sectional and Terminal Chart?

February 9, 2010

YES— We do have a small pilot shop that provides basic pilot needs.

I have not flown during nighttime for over 90 days and I am planning to carry passengers. Can one of your instructors fly with me to practice a couple of takeoffs and landings?

February 9, 2010

YES— Don’t be shy or hesitate to ask for an instructor to come on-board as another set of eyes just in case you really do need them. Because you will be very sorry if you didn’t have them when you needed it. It is not mandatory, but it is strongly recommended to fly with an instructor on-board.

I have a pilot certificate. Can I rent an airplane to fly with my friends?

February 9, 2010

YES— If you have enrolled in our training course, you will be able to rent an airplane and carry passengers. If you have not enrolled in our training course, then you will be required to have an aircraft check out prior to renting the aircraft by yourself. Once we feel that you can operate the aircraft safely, you will be able to rent the aircraft by yourself to carry your passengers.
NOTE: Upon receiving your private pilot certificate, it is highly recommended to fly another couple of hours to ensure that you are “really” ready to carry passengers. This is just a friendly advice so that you stay away from trouble.

I have a pilot certificate. Can I get checked out on one of your 172s? What do I need to do?

February 9, 2010

YES— You will be required to present a copy of your Pilot Certificate, Current Medical, Photo ID and a proof of Citizenship. Then we will schedule you with one of our instructors to ensure that you can operate the aircraft safely and in the manner that the operator requires you to handle the aircraft. We call this process an “aircraft check-out” and usually, consists of a short ground session and a minimum of 1 hour flight. This would apply to any aircraft that you would like to get checked out in. For most of the aircrafts, the entire process will take a minimum of 2 hours.

I haven’t flown for more than two years. Can I get a flight review to be current again?

February 9, 2010

YES— We have qualified instructors that will be able to conduct a flight review to refresh and enhance your flying skills and get you up to date on the changes and improvement that have taken place within the period that you have not been flying. Just contact us to schedule a BFR.

Are there any local TFRs in effect, today?

February 7, 2010

ALWAYS THINK YES— When you obtain a standard weather briefing, the weather briefer might tell you about the Disneyland TFR in the LA Basin. However, they will not let you know about TFR that might be in effect over the Rose Bowl, LA Dodgers Stadium, LA Coliseum, Anaheim Angels Stadium, etc. The pilot has the responsibility to check the scoreboards prior to the flight to be aware of TFRs.

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I checked the weather this morning, I don’t feel comfort flying today. Can I cancel my flight for today?

February 7, 2010

YES— Cancelation due to bad weather will always be accepted at no charge. However, cancelation due to any other reason may be subject to a cancelation fee. If you have an aircraft scheduled to fly but you do not show up, there will be a cancelation fee(minimum 1/2 hour of aircraft and instructor time) that will be charged on your account. There is no limit to the charge that will be applied to your account. Make sure you contact one of our staff for cancellations.

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