Flight Training

PILOT LICENSES & RATINGS

PRIVATE PILOT LICENSE (PPL)

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Start with a Disovery Flight and log your first hour!

  • Minimum age for solo flight is 16
  • Minimum age of 17 to obtain your PPL
  • Current US Passport, or Birth Certificate and Government issued ID
  • Third class medical certificate or better
  • Pass FAA Knowledge Test
  • Minimum of 40 hours flight time including  20 hours with an instructor
  • 3 hours night time Instruction
  • 10 hours solo flight time
  • Pass an oral exam and practical test (check ride) with an FAA Examiner

INSTRUMENT RATING (IFR)

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  • Hold at least a current private pilot certificate.
  • Pass FAA Knowledge test
  • Pass an oral exam and practical test (check ride) with a FAA Examiner
  • Current US Passport, or Birth Certificate & Government Issued ID
  • Third class medical certificate or better
  • You must have logged at least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command
  • You must log 40 hours actual or simulated instrument conditions including 15 hours with an instructor
  • 250 nautical mile cross-country on an IFR flight plan with 3 different instrument approaches

COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENSE (CPL)

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  • Private pilot certificate
  • Instrument rating is highly recommended
  • VFR currency and proficiency to the Private Pilot ACS
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Aeronautical Knowledge Test passed
  • Current US Passport, or Birth Certificate & Government Issued ID
  • A minimum of 250 hours total flight time
  • Over 500 FULL HD Training Videos
  • Complete Private Pilot Ground School
  • Complete Instrument Pilot Ground School
  • Complete Commercial Pilot Ground School

Certified Flight Instructor I (CFI)

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  • Hold at least a current commercial pilot certificate with instrument rating
  • VFR currency and proficiency to the Commercial Pilot PTS
  • FAA Flight Instructor and FOI Aeronautical Knowledge Tests passed
  • Current US Passport, or Birth Certificate & Government Issued ID
  • US third class medical or better

Certified Flight Instructor II (CFII)

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  • Hold at least a current commercial pilot certificate with instrument rating
  • IFR currency and proficiency to the Instrument Pilot ACS
  • FAA Flight Instructor and FOI Aeronautical Knowledge Test passed
  • It is recommended that you have an Initial CFI – Airplane Certificate
  • Current US Passport, or Birth Certificate & Government Issued ID
  • US third class medical or better

CIRRUS TRANSITION

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If you are transitioning to the Cirrus, our CSIP (Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot), will guide you along in this amazing aircraft. A typical transition takes 3-days intending to familiarize you with the VFR normal and emergency operations of the Cirrus.

A 5-day second course, Advanced Transition Course, is designed for the current and proficient instrument pilot. The syllabus is designed to cover normal and emergency IFR operations including coursework covering the autopilot and Garmin systems.

RECURRENT TRAINING

INSTRUMENT PROFICIENCY CHECK (IPC)

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A person who has failed to meet the instrument experience requirements of paragraph (c) for more than six calendar months may reestablish instrument currency only by completing an instrument proficiency check. The instrument proficiency check must consist of the areas of operation and instrument tasks required in the instrument rating practical test standards.

(1) The instrument proficiency check must be –

(i) In an aircraft that is appropriate to the aircraft category;

(ii) For other than a glider, in a flight simulator or flight training device that is representative of the aircraft category; or

(iii) For a glider, in a single-engine airplane or a glider.

(2) The instrument proficiency check must be given by –

(i) An examiner;

(ii) A person authorized by the U.S. Armed Forces to conduct instrument flight tests, provided the person being tested is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces;

(iii) A company check pilot who is authorized to conduct instrument flight tests under part 121, 125, or 135 of this chapter or subpart K of part 91 of this chapter, and provided that both the check pilot and the pilot being tested are employees of that operator or fractional ownership program manager, as applicable;

(iv) An authorized instructor; or

(v) A person approved by the Administrator to conduct instrument practical tests.

An IPC must be given in accordance with Instrument Rating ‒ Airplane, Airman Certification Standards, FAA-S-ACS-8, Task requirements are list in Appendix 5. While an Instrument Proficiency Check is not a checkride, it must be in compliance with the ACS and your Sun Coast Aviation CFII must ensure that you meet the standards set forth in FAA-S-ACS-8 and can competently and safely exercise of the privileges of your instrument rating prior to endorsement.

BIANNUAL FLIGHT REVIEW (BFR)

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If you are a certificated pilot and looking for an effective flight review, we can help. Sun Coast Aviation suggests that you dedicate some time to reviewing FAA Regulations Part 61 and Part 91 and supplemental aeronautical information. For example, you may wish to review airspace classifications and operating requirements, day and night currency requirements, weather minimums, requirements for airworthiness, runway signage, fuel requirements, weight and balance calculations, performance planning, and risk management. Your Sun Coast Aviation CFI can assist you in locating appropriate course material to meet your specific flight review objectives.FAA Regulation 61.56 defines:(a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) and (f) of this section, a flight review consists of a minimum of 1 hour of flight training and 1 hour of ground training. The review must include:(1) A review of the current general operating and flight rules of part 91 of this chapter; and(2) A review of those maneuvers and procedures that, at the discretion of the person giving the review, are necessary for the pilot to demonstrate the safe exercise of the privileges of the pilot certificate.(c) Except as provided in paragraphs (d), (e), and (g) of this section, no person may act as pilot in command of an aircraft unless, since the beginning of the 24th calendar month before the month in which that pilot acts as pilot in command, that person has –(1) Accomplished a flight review given in an aircraft for which that pilot is rated by an authorized instructor and(2) A logbook endorsed from an authorized instructor who gave the review certifying that the person has satisfactorily completed the review.While a flight review is not a checkride, and, therefore cannot fail; however, your Sun Coast Aviation CFI must be satisfied that you can demonstrate the safe exercise of the privileges of your pilot certificate prior to endorsement.

INSTRUMENT CURRENCY - SIM

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Maintaining instrument currency is an ongoing task that most instrument pilots struggle with more than a few times in their flying career – especially in fair weather states like Florida and California, this can be challenging. At Sun Coast Aviation, we offer a three-hour program spread out over a two-month period. These are arranged as two, 1 ½ hour sessions, one session per month with a Sun Coast Aviation CFII. The program consists of:

  • three hours of instrument experience
  • holding procedures
  • six instrument approaches
  • two unusual attitude recoveries while in a descending, one airspeed condition and two unusual attitude recoveries in an ascending stall speed condition
  • interception and course tracking with navigation systems

This is a great way to maintain currency and practice approaches into various airports such as those you be planning an actual flight.

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