Archive for the ‘Frequently Asked Questions – Others’ Category

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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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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Which book do I need to buy?

April 27, 2010

Well, this is a hard question to answer.  But, let’s put it this way.

Flight Training can be based on “per Flight Instructor” or “per Flight School.” If the Flight School is and FAA Approved Part 141 Flight School, the training is based on “per Flight School.”  If the Flight School is not a FAA Approved Part 141 and operates based on Part 61, your flight training can be based on the Flight School but ultimately, based on “per flight instructor.”

So, depending on the operation, the books that the instructor favors and books that the flight school favors and must stick to, could be the same or may vary.  Either way, all the books that you use to “STUDY” towards your FAA Pilot Certificate should be ultimately based on various books and publication that our fully supported or recommended by the Federal Aviation Administrator(FAA); the Civil Aviation Authority in the U.S.

The FAA website(as of today), actually has a fair amount of, or more like just about everything, available through downloadable PDF files when it comes to Handbooks that you are looking for and other publications that explain certain subject matters(AC=Advisory Circulars) for FREE!  Those that have no problems reading books and documents through your computer screen will probably find out that these files are amazingly cost effective and at the same time, “full-of-information.”  For those that like to read though “books” they are also available.  If you would like to purchase them, you can get them at any pilot shop that you find online, or just call us or visit us to purchase the book from our pilot shop at the flight school.

Once you have looked into all the FAA Publications and Documents(which are too many…), and you decide that you want to get more insight of how to interpret many of the theories that you learn, look into various books that you find as you surf on the internet.  All of the books are great.  It’s just a matter of if the information provided in the book is at your level to read.  I guess that why they have the term, “pilot journey.”  Sometimes, information that you read doesn’t “click-in” unless you read it and see it at the right timing. Keep all the books that you buy in your aviation bookshelf.

Most of the FAA Handbooks today have specific product numbers on them.  They look something like this: FAA-8083-***.

If you’d like to really know which handbook you need, just email us and we can guide you!

Do you have a large group of students in one classroom or do you have a small group class? I learn better with one-on-one based sessions with a teacher. Can you offer one-on-one instruction?

February 10, 2010

YES— We believe one-on-one lessons are very important for student pilots to understand what they are learning. In some cases, we do provide small group classes as necessary.

Flight Training in El Monte, California 91731
Flight Training in La Verne, California 91750
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Part 141 and Part 61 Flight School
Universal Air Academy (Los Angeles California USA)
4233 Santa Anita Ave. Unit#13
El Monte, CA 91731 USA

How many instructors do you have? How much flight time do they have? Are they good?

February 10, 2010

YES— At Universal Air Academy, we have experienced instructors with thousands of hours, and also fresh instructors that know exactly what the FAA Examiners are looking for in pilots that fly today.

How many times can I fly per day? Do you always have an aircraft available?

February 10, 2010

YES— You can fly as much as you want in one day, however, you might encounter situations where there might be scheduling conflicts between you and another student/customer that booked an aircraft just before you did. Otherwise an aircraft is always available for you.

Flight Training in El Monte, California 91731
Flight Training in La Verne, California 91750
go to Customer Reviews

Part 141 and Part 61 Flight School
Universal Air Academy (Los Angeles California USA)
4233 Santa Anita Ave. Unit#13
El Monte, CA 91731 USA