Posts Tagged ‘helicopter flight school’

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

Flight School: Phone 1-626-454-5254

email: info@universalairacademy.com

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

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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”.

By Editor

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!
info@universalairacademy.com
http://www.universalairacademy.com

Can I rent the R44 to fly around the LA Basin with my friends?

February 10, 2010

YES—All you need is a proof of completion of the Robinson Helicopter Company Safety Course and an aircraft check out with one of our helicopter flight instructors.

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
Tel: 1-626-454-5254 (Office in El Monte, CA)

Universal Air Academy (East Los Angeles California USA)
1925 Mckinley Ave, Ste H
La Verne, CA 91750 USA
TEL: 1-909-596-9284 (Office in La Verne, CA)

I’d like to get the 5 hour R44 transition to get the SFAR73 endorsement. Do you provide the flight training?

February 10, 2010

YES— We have provided the R44 transition training for many pilots. Some pilots will schedule the aircraft and the instructor to get the training in one-day; others spread it out into a couple of days to meet the requirements. Some pilots have a couple of hours here and there at different flight schools and finish up the 5 hour requirement to get signed off to rent the R44 at Universal Air Academy.  In this case, our flight instructor will determine how many hours of flight training you need to be qualified to act as a safe Pilot-in-Command in our R44, based on his/her flight experience with 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
Tel: 1-626-454-5254 (Office in El Monte, CA)

Universal Air Academy (East Los Angeles California USA)
1925 Mckinley Ave, Ste H
La Verne, CA 91750 USA
TEL: 1-909-596-9284 (Office in La Verne, CA)

How long does an average student take to get a pilot certificate? 3 weeks or 3 months? Can I work out a fixed schedule and expect my flight training to go as scheduled?

February 7, 2010

NO— It will depend on how much time you can commit to training; along with other factors, such as, weather, unpredictable aircraft maintenance, scheduling conflict with other students/customers, etc. You should start off with a fixed schedule. However, always allow us or the instructor to customizes your schedule to enhance your training accordingly to your skills. You will have a better result in the long run. Someone that is committed to fly everyday could obtain a certificate rather quickly(one month), otherwise, you can expect 3 to 4 months.

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1-626-454-5254

If I get a pilot certificate for an airplane, can I also fly a helicopter?

February 7, 2010

NOAircraft with major difference in characteristics of flying are categorized differently. If you have an airplane pilot certificate, the regulations require you to receive training in a helicopter and be tested by an FAA examiner to see if your skills qualify for flying a helicopter. And vice-versa.

Flight Training at Universal Air Academy
Call 1-626-454-5254 for information.
4233 Santa Anita Ave. Unit #13
El Monte, CA 91731 USA

Can I start my flight training to become a pilot anytime?

February 7, 2010

—YES— You can start your flight training the moment you decide to start taking flight lessons. You can start today. There are no age requirements for starting your training although, when it comes to obtaining a pilot certificate,  you must be at least 16 year-old for a STUDENT pilot certificate; at least 17 year-old for a PRIVATE pilot certificate. However, otherwise, come visit us anytime for your FIRST FLIGHT.

Helicopter Flight Training: Universal Air Academy Inc.
[Address] 4233 Santa Anita Ave. Unit 13, El Monte, CA 91731 USA
[Tel] 1-626-454-5254  [Fax] 1-626-454-5258