Randy McCallister at KPSK - Dublin, Virginia - cfiRandy@gmail.com ----- Call-Cell: 540-250-1835
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"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return"  leonardo da vinci

HOME OF NEW TECH AVIATION - PILOT INFORMATION

Located at: New River Airport (KPSK); 5389 CV Jackson Road, Suite 2 (old building on the left); Dublin, Virginia 24084
Phone-text: 540-250-1835 to Schedule an Introductory Lesson - New Tech Intro Website

Register with FAA Safety.gov NOW!
Create your own free account soon with: (www.faasafety.gov) - This way you can find out about local aviation events in your area.

New Students Start Here

So You Want to Learn to Fly

What are the minimum requirements to get a Private Pilot's Certificate under part 61 FAA Rules?

Can I afford to do this? (popular question)

👉 Alien and Non-US Citizen Important Information 👈


Returning Pilots Start Here:

Returning Pilot Guide


Pilot Refresher Video

FAA LIBRARY

FAA Airplane Flying Handbook

Airman Information Manual

FAA Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM)

FAA Instrument Flying Handbook

FAA Aviation Safety Briefing Magazine (good read!)

FAA Pilot/Controller Glossary (Definition of Aviation Terms and Phrases)

FAA (Part 61) - Flight Training for Private Pilot License, Instrument Rating, Commercial, CFI, and Multi-Engine

Private Pilot Syllabus

Instrument Pilot Syllabus

Student Rules of Conduct (besides being punctual!)

Flight Instructor Rules of Conduct (besides being punctual!)

Flight Manual New Tech C-172L AIRCRAFT... OPERATIONS

C172L-POH (Pilot's Operating Handbook)

Current Weight & Balance for N9858G Aircraft and Loading Worksheet

C-172L Abbreviated Checklist

Recommended Passenger Briefing

Passenger Safety Briefing Video - Important - Please watch

Recommended Departure Briefing...   Rethinking this.... let's use T-P-C.

Aircraft Renter's Insurance...do I need it?

Communicating on the Radio

Check Out King Schools FREE course on communications

"Why do I need to talk to ATC if I don't have to?"

How to talk to ATC

New Tech Aviation - PRE-SOLO TEST - REQUIREMENT

This is a FAA test requirement and must be completed before you can solo. Please take the written test below with answer references provided:

New Tech PRE-Solo (Open-Book) Test -Please print and answer each question fully. A lookup reference is provided.
Provide a completed test to your flight instructor for grading.
We must review any questions resulting in confusion or an incorrect answer.


PreSolo Requirements

You MUST have (4) things to solo:

    1. Have a student pilot license certificate. (We will complete FAA paperwork early in your training.)
    2. Have an appropriate medical certificate.
    3. Complete the Pre-Solo test above.
    4. Have an instructor's sign-off that you are ready.
    5. Lucky rabbit's foot (just kidding!)

HOW TO LAND AN AIRPLANE

What is Cross Control?...Is it dangerous?

What is a "Stabilized Approach"?

Emergency landing practice made easier!!!

SOLO RESTRICTIONS

A student pilot MAY NOT act as pilot in command of an aircraft:

  • * Without a current 90 day flight instructor sign-off in force. Check your logbook.
  • * Outside of a 25nm area unless signed-off by a flight instructor for a cross-country trip.
  • * That is carrying a passenger;
  • * That is carrying persons or property for compensation or hire;
  • * In furtherance of a business;
  • * With a flight or surface visibility of less than 3 statute miles during daylight hours or 5 statute miles at night;
  • * Flight School and flight instructor imposed crosswind restrictions
  • * When the flight cannot be made with visual reference to the surface; or in a manner contrary to any limitations placed in the pilot's logbook by an authorized instructor.

FAA Knowledge Test/Computer Test Registration - FAA IACRA (Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application)

Your flight instructor will meet with you early in your training to acquire your FAA Student Pilot Certificate from the FAA in Oklahoma City. You will use IACRA for all of your FAA certificate applications. The FAA will assign a FTN (Federal Tracking Number). You will use this number throughout your flying career.

Also, you must now (after Jan 13,2020) know the FTN number to take your FAA written exams (read)

🚩 Register for IACRA (you can do this anytime but remember your FTN number & login)

About the FAA Knowledge Test

Register to take FAA Written Exam..note test requirements

THE MEDICAL (FAA CERTIFIED or BASIC MED)

FAA Medicals are listed as Third, Second, and First Class. Most students should start with a third class certificate (..least requirements).

If you think that you might may have a disqualifying medical condition and/or prescribed medication, please contact a local AME (Airman Medical Examiner) preferably sooner rather than later so you don't waste your time and money. There are many resources on the web which may help with general questions relating to what medical conditions are disqualifying for airmen. Required medications and a history of certain ailments would be worth checking early-on. In general, the FAA is amazingly accomodating to all but the most serious. I have had students qualify while wearing an insulin pump.

To SOLO, you must have successfully completed your FAA Medical exam or complete a BASIC MED medical with a doctor of your choice.

FAA student medicals

A FAA certified medical with an AME (Airmen Medical Examiner) is the normal beginning medical exam for all new pilots. IF you have obtained an FAA certified medical since July 15, 2006 however, you may also qualify for the new FAA Part 68 - "BASIC MED" approved FAA medical certificate. Assuming you wish to qualify for BASIC MED, if not, you may continue to receive FAA certified exams. IF you plan to fly commercially, you should probably not apply for BASIC MED for now...you will likely be required to stay with FAA certified medical exams due to the types of aircraft your will likely fly.

Remember - you may disregard the MedX form (below) and self-certify ONLY if you have had a successful FAA medical since July 15, 2006 and wish to apply for BASIC MED.

👉 👉 👉 FAA CERTIFIED MEDICALS START HERE - FAA MEDEX APPLICATION FORM

*IMPORTANT: You must be honest and truthful on this application even for DMV records. They do check!!!
You can stop and save the form but when you hit "submit" please record your MedEX assigned number. You must give that number to your FAA Physician (AME).

See the FAA-AME list of authorized physicians for the FAA medical exam. USE LOCATION SEARCH FOR AME..Locally you can find an AME in Roanoke and Marion.

Remember to take the number assigned at the end of your form submission to your AME on the day of your examination. The FAA will also email the number to you. Do not go to your AME without that number(I did that once...very painful!).

IMPORTANT: Come away from the AME with a third* class medical (*or higher if you want but not necessary for a student pilot). A first class medical is required for Air Transport Pilots and has the most extensive requirements and it is only good for six months but if you are intending to be an airline pilot you may need this one some day. A third class medical is good for two years and has minimum requirements (FIVE YEARS if you are under 40 years of age).


Basic Med does have some important LIMITATIONS compared to FAA certified medicals:   No more than 6 passengers or seats - aircraft less than 6,000 lbs - flight only at 18,000 ft and below - no more than 250 kts airspeed and other requirements to keep your medical checklist, etc. with your logbook.
Also, a CME (Comprehensive Medical Exam) is required every four years. On that visit the doctor must fill out a CMEC (CME Checklist)...that CMEC stays with your logbook.

Basic Med Explained

You will then be able to self-certify your medical by displaying a current and lawful drivers license as your airman medical and making a logbook entry with the completed physician's checklist.

Basic Med Checklist/Form



A pilot flying under the BasicMed rule must:
  1. Possess a valid driver’s license,
  2. consent to a National Driver Register check,
  3. have held a medical certificate that was valid at any time after July 15 2006,
  4. have not had the most recently held medical certificate revoked, suspended, or withdrawn,
  5. have not had the most recent application for airman medical certification completed and denied,
  6. have taken a BasicMed on-line medical education course within the past 24 calendar months,
  7. have completed a comprehensive medical examination with any state-licensed physician within the past 48 months,
  8. have been found eligible for special issuance of a medical certificate for certain specified mental health, neurological, or cardiovascular conditions, when applicable,
  9. not fly for compensation or hire.


REQUIRED ON-LINE COURSES (BASIC MED ONLY) - (see below)

AOPA Medical Self-Assessment: A Pilot's Guide to Flying Healthy ON-LINE Aeromedical Course

OR USE:   Mayo Clinic - BASIC MED ON-LINE COURSE

IF YOU HAVE BASIC MED NOW - You have two dates to worry about: 24 months from the ON-LINE test date and 48 months from your physician exam. ARE YOU LEGAL?

💊 IMPORTANT Pilot's MEDICATION Information FOR ALL PILOTS 💊

Aeromedical Factors

WEATHER

👉 Pilot Weather Tutorial

These services are specifically for pilots:

Checkout this weather planning site - ADDS Pilot Weather

You can register and use this one for weather briefings and for filing FAA Flight Plans (1800wxbrief.com)

Metar and TAF definitions you need to know

A Seven-Part YouTube AOPA-ASI Series on Pilot Weather Planning

HUMAN FACTORS


PAVE - CARE (Important Topic - Please Review Fully)

Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM)

LEARNING THE MANEUVERS to meet ACS Standards

Private Pilot Manuevers Page

NAVIGATION CROSS COUNTRY PLANNING and Flight Service ICAO Flight Plan

👉 What is "Pilotage and Dead-Reckoning" ?

Cross Countries to qualify must be greater than 50 nm from origination point.

How to File ICAO FLIGHT PLANS..Watch

ICAO Flight Plan Data for N9858G (use to set a profile in www.1800WXBRIEF.com)

Sample ICAO Flight Plan from KPSK to KSIF

👉 What do you need to KNOW ABOUT FLYING AT NIGHT?

Navigation Flight Planning Forms:

How to fill out navigation planning forms (YouTube) - Good Place to Start but don't use decimals as the video shows...just round up or down (Keep it Simple!).

Another chart planning video...it may help

Jepp Navigation Form (Acrobat style)

Excel Navigation Form- (Jepp)

How to Use the GREAT E6B Flight Computer Step by Step

You can check your work with a computer program but please complete these sheets manually. Make them detailed enough that you can use it for a cross country trip. Plan each leg of your cross country trip with a handwritten manually generated form using your plotter and wind computer. Again, a computer generated cross country form can be used to check your work but we need to practice what your FAA checkride will be like. You can see how to fill out the forms in video below..questions ask Randy!

Excel Navigation Form (Jepp) with embedded formulas

Compact single-fold cross country planner

IFR navigation form
1-800-WX-BRIEF Weather and ICAO FLIGHT PLAN FORMS (watch how-to videos).

You must file and activate each solo cross country flight!


STUDENTS MUST HAVE LOGBOOK, MEDICAL, AND STUDENT PILOT CERTIFICATE WITH YOU ON ALL SOLO FLIGHTS!!!!

ALL STUDENT CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHTS MUST BE SIGNED-OFF BY THE INSTRUCTOR ON THE DAY OF THE TRIP.

New River Valley Airport and New Tech Aviation Rules Require you to FILE a VFR Flight Plan for all cross country trips.
ALSO, PLEASE BE SURE TO CANCEL THEM BEFORE THE FAA SENDS OUT THE DOGS!! You only have 1/2 an hour after your expected arrival before the FAA starts calling looking for you!
Remember they take this seriously and can hold you personally responsible for waisting resources!!

SIMULATION PROGRAMS

VOR/ADF/HSI/RMI Simulator (helps understand how it works!!)

See VOR Tracker program in Apple and other applications stores. Check YouTube for even more help.

ENGINE-PROPELLER-AIRFRAME CONCENTRATION

Aircraft Piston Engines Explained

How Magnitos Work

Constant Speed Propellers Explained

How to Operate Constant Speed Propellers

The Rudder -YAW AXIS- GETS NO RESPECT!

Side Slip or Forward Slip..know the difference?

CONVENTIONAL GEAR - Tailwheel Endorsement - Basic Acrobatics

So why not fly a Tailwheel aircraft?

The Tailwheel Checkout

Taming the Taildragger Pilot

FlIGHT REVIEW (Single or Multi) - INSTRUMENT RATING - IPC

NOTE: Best to take a flight review in your most frequently used aircraft.

FAA Advisory Circular (61-98C) on Flight Reviews and Instrument Proficiency Checks

What to expect on your Flight Review (besides the pain!)

Reviewing for the Flight Review

Sporty's Flight Review

INSTRUMENT RATING PAGE

Instrument Rating Page

Ready for your FAA checkride??? - FAA Airman Certification Standards (ACS) - ORALS - PRACTICAL TEST

This is the yardstick the FAA uses to measure your performance - do you measure up?
All of your flight training thus far is to get you ready to meet this performance standard.

Private Pilot ACS (Airman Certification Standard - Read it all multiple times)


ORALS for Private Pilot EXAM - Gold Seal with DPE

(Newest) Gold Seal PRIVATE PILOT ORAL EXAM
You can find others on YouTube Search: "Private Pilot Oral Exam".

FAA ACS Testing Example - with scenario based questions

Private MOCK Checkride - FAA ACS Testing

What now?...I FAILED MY CHECKRIDE

RECORDKEEPING FORMS and APPLICATIONS

Before your Practical Test - Make a Record of your completed ACS (Airman Certification Standards) requirements and Logbook completion dates (click for sample).

The completion of the FAA 8710 form is necessary in preparation to take the FAA PRACTICAL TEST. This will normally be accomplished with an on-line form using the FAA IACRA website.

The FAA expects you to go to the FAA IACRA web site to enter your information on a virtual 8710 form which is then approved by your flight instructor then a DPE (designated pilot examiner -or- FAA examiner) and finally ending up at the FAA (Oklahoma City Office) to issue your certificate.

FAA IACRA Site - Required for all Airman Certification Applications - Register Now if you have not already done so.

Remember your login information and IACRA assigned number since your flight instructor and DPE (designated pilot examiner) will log into your ON-LINE form for approvals.

NO PAPER - SAVE TREES!

Want to buy an aircraft??

AOPA Aircraft Guide

Buying your first aircraft

AOPA on buying your own aircraft

Other Links of Interest

King Schools - Written/Oral Preparation Courses - (Industry Favorite)

King Schools

Sporty's Pilot Shop

Gleim - Private PilotPublications


Author: Randy McCallister, Master CFI,CFII,MEI,AG,IG,A&P-IA, FAA Gold-Seal Instructor, FAA FAAST Safety Team Representative (cfiRandy@gmail.com)
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