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Once explorers have passed their FAA Knowledge test, they can head into the skies to receive instruction to earn their Private Pilot's license.


Flight Training

The sky is no longer the limit!

Explorers work toward soloing

Soloing is a significant milestone in flight training. The instructor leaves the plane and the student goes on a short flight including taking-off and landing by themselves. This occurs after all the FAA requirements are met, the flight instructor is confident in the student's skills, and the student feels ready to solo. The student may not know they will solo until the instructor tells them "Today is the day!" Pictures along the walls of the classroom celebrate Explorers who have soloed. When you visit, ask about the fabric in the frames.

First, Explorers are assigned a flight instructor

We are fortunate to have the skill and dedication of multiple flight instructors with hours of flying experience varying in background including corporate, military, commercial, and private aviation. They ensure that the training and wisdom imparted to your youth is uniform, accurate, and complete.  All of these accomplished professionals are highly respected both in the Post and in the larger aviation community.


Congratulations Private Pilot!

Once a student pilot passes their check-ride they are officially a certified private pilot allowing the Explorer to exercise those privileges. Such a worthwhile achievement is celebrated by both the hardworking new pilot and their gratified instructor. During a following meeting, a pin with a full set of golden wings will be presented to the new pilot commemorating the occasion.

Passing the check-ride

A check-ride is a term to describe both the FAA oral and practical exams which are the final tests to be passed prior to earning a pilot certificate. This is done by an examiner, not the flight instructor, and lasts approximately four hours during which the student demonstrates their ability to safely operate the plane as a pilot in command.

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