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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.

and more;

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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”.

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I don’t live in Southern California/USA. Do you offer any housing or accommodation?

February 10, 2010

NO / YES, Now we do.We will be more than happy to recommend motels and hotels in the vicinity of El Monte Airport. However, we do not offer housing for non-local trainees at this time. We now do provide housing and/or accommodation for your stay during your flight training at the flight school.

Flight Training in El Monte, California 91731
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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

I’m looking at a brochure/publication that I picked-up at an airport but your rates on the AD are not the same as the rates on the website? Where can I get the most current rates? On the web?

February 10, 2010

NO— Although we try to keep our publications and website as accurate as possible, the only way to get the most current rates is to contact us via phone or online chat.

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

I’m thinking of purchasing your Private Pilot Package in a Cessna 152. Are there any other costs that I should be aware of upon starting my flight training?

February 10, 2010

YES— Unless otherwise specified, packages do not include fees such as medical examination fees and practical test fees.

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

I want to learn how to talk on the radio? Is there any studying material that you recommend?

February 10, 2010

YES— There are various great and easy to understand books that explain radio communication procedures for aviation. Once you start your training, your instructor will teach you about radio communication at some point and refer to specific books to read before you come to class. But for the mean time, if you’d like to listen to the actual radio communication you can visit a website called, “LiveATC.net.” Somebody has put a lot of effort in this website and we should all thank him or her or them!

I’ve been researching various flight schools and they refer to words like “Part 61” or “Part 141.” Are you a Part 141 flight school?

February 10, 2010

YES— We operate under both Part 61 and Part 141.

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’m not familiar with the local streets in the vicinity of El Monte Airport and the tower told me to “turn base at Lower Azusa.” What is “Lower Azusa?” Is it the name of a street?

February 10, 2010

YES— Lower Azusa is a road just north of the field that runs east and west. If you are suggested to “turn base over Lower Azusa,” that’s what they mean.

I saw your rates on the website for the R22 and R44. I think they are great compared to other helicopter operators. Can I be checked out in your helicopter so that I can start flying at Universal Air Academy?

February 10, 2010

YES— We have aircrafts at competitive and affordable rates so that helicopter pilots who earn their certificate may use them. Contact us on our live chat, or call us to schedule a flight for the check out.