Training Outline
PRIOR TO FLIGHT TRAINING:
STUDENT MUST PRESENT EITHER A BIRTH CERTIFICATE OR PASSPORT TO PROVE US CITIZENSHIP PRIOR TO TRAINING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TSA; OR A FAA LICENSE AND A PICTURE ID. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A FAA LICENSE, AND ARE A FOREIGN NATIONAL, CONTACT US AND WE WILL HELP YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS TO GET YOUR TSA CLEARANCE. ALLOW A MINIMUM OF TWO WEEKS. 260 LBS WEIGHT LIMIT PURCHASE A FAR/AIMS AND THE GYROCOPTER PILOTS HANDBOOK BY PHIL HARDWOOD. (AVAILABLE HERE) FOR A HOME STUDY GROUND SCHOOL COURSE I RECOMMEND THE “SPORT PILOT GROUND SCHOOL AND TEST PREP” BY KING SCHOOLS

COST OF OUR COURSE:
FLIGHT INSTRUCTION IS AT THE RATE OF $200.00 PER HOUR AND INCLUDES GYRO, INSTRUCTOR AND FUEL (NOTE: THE 30 MINUTE PRE-FLIGHT BRIEF AS WELL AS THE 30 MINUTE POST-FLIGHT BRIEF IS INCLUDED) A MAXIMUM OF 3 HOURS A DAY OF FLIGHT INSTRUCTION. GROUND SCHOOL IS AT THE RATE OF $50.00 PER HOUR. STUDENTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO SOLO IN OUR GYRO FOR PURPOSE OF OBTAINING THEIR LICENSE.

This is based on a student with no previous flight experience. The lesson plan will be modified to fit an individual’s prior experience NOTE: The student normally must show proficiency on each lesson before advancing to the next lesson.

Lesson 1 - will consist of about two hours of ground school and a 30 minute flight where the instructor will explain and demonstrate the overall operation of a Gyro. This will include an explanation of all instruments and controls. Then the student will watch while the instructor conducts the pre-flight inspection. For the first flight the student will sit in the rear seat. After reaching an altitude of 500’ they will be directed to lightly hold the control stick while the instructor demonstrates how to initiate and recover from level turns, as well as ascending and descending turns while maintaining a predetermined air speed. Then the student will take control of the stick and conduct level turns and ascents and descents while maintaining airspeed. Note: The instructor will retain control of the rudders and throttle for this lesson.

From this point forward expect to spend about 30 minutes before and after each flight with the instructor to discuss what will be taught during the flight and to be debriefed after the flight.

Lesson 2 - The student will conduct the pre-flight inspection under the direction of the Instructor. The instructor will go over the checklist with the student to prepare him for flying from the front seat. Emphasis will be on the pre-rotation sequence. For this flight the student will be responsible for taxiing and pre-rotation, the instructor will perform the take-off and landing. The instructor will demonstrate ground reference maneuvers while maintain altitude and airspeed, then the student will practice these maneuvers utilizing the stick and throttle

Lesson 3 - The student will conduct the pre-flight inspection under the supervision of the flight instructor. It is expected that the student can accomplish this task with minimum input from the instructor. The student will taxi into position and pre-rotate with the instructor performing the take- off and landing. The instructor will demonstrate the use of the rudders and then have the student conduct different maneuvers utilizing all three of the aircraft controls.

Lesson 4 - From this point forward it is expected that the pre-flight is done by the student without assistance. Student will taxi to position and conduct the pre-rotation, Instructor will perform the take-off and landing. Instructor will demonstrate slow flight and then the student will perform it. The instructor will demonstrate zero airspeed descents and recovery. The student will then perform the same.

Lesson 5 - Student will taxi to position and conduct the pre-rotation, Instructor will perform the take-off and landing. The instructor will demonstrate flying the pattern and making approaches. The student will then perform the same maneuvers. Special emphasis will be on maintaining a predetermined airspeed and yaw control.

Lesson 6 - Student will perform the take-off, fly in the pattern and shoot approaches.

Lesson 7 - Student will perform the take-off and landing. Note: At this point all landing will be powered landings

Lesson 8 - Instructor will demonstrate and student will perform power off landings.

Lesson 9 - This lesson will be ground school only, Will discuss: Radio communications; Wake turbulence avoidance, Wind shear Avoidance and FAR/AIMS.

Lesson 10 - Instructor will demonstrate 0 airspeed maneuvers, student will perform same. Instructor will demonstrate and student will perform power off emergency landings from a variety of approaches both in and outside the pattern.

Lesson 11 - Student will now be responsible for all radio communication. The student is responsible for taking off, going to the training area and conducting various ground reference maneuvers. Student will be responsible for returning to the airport, entering the pattern and landing while giving proper radio communications.

Lesson 12 - Ground school, this will be the student’s final review and upon successful completion of a written and oral exam will be ready for his first solo. This solo will consist of takeoffs and landings while staying in the pattern. Note: prior to this solo the student must have passed the FAA written exam and have his student license in hand.

Lesson 13 - Student will fly solo to the training area, conduct ground reference maneuvers and return to the airport.

Lesson 14 - This lesson will be ground school only, expect to spend at least 3-4 hours. Student will be shown how to do Cross-country planning including; reading a chart, using an airport directory, getting a FSS brief to include weather, TFR’s and Notams as well as requesting flight following. Student will also be taught how to use a GPS system and transponder.

Lesson 15 - Student will perform all preflight preparations for a cross country. We will then proceed to a class E airport (about 15 miles away) enter the pattern and land. We will then prepare for a 30 mile flight to a private grass runway where we will land before returning to our airport. Student will be responsible for all flight planning, navigation, transponder and radio communications.

NOTE: LESSONS 16 AND 17 ARE OPTIONAL. SPORT PILOTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO OPERATE AT AN AIRPORT WITH A CONTROL TOWER UNLESS TRAINED AND ENDORSED FOR SAME.

Lesson 16 - Ground School, Student will be taught how to enter and land at a class D airport and will be responsible for all flight planning and radio communications. We will then fly to this airport, land, taxi to a predetermined location and then return.

Lesson 17 - Student will prepare and fly to a Class C airport (about 13 miles) Student will be responsible for all flight planning, all communications, and use of the transponder. After landing and taxiing to a pre-designated area, student will be responsible for contacting ground, tower and approach for the return to the home airport.

Lesson 18 - Student will again do a cross-country with the Instructor riding along. Student must be able to do all necessary flight planning and successfully land at two different airports and return without any assistance from the instructor.

Lesson 19 - Student will conduct their first solo cross country after having their flight plan approved by the instructor.

Lesson 20 - Preparation for the Practical Test Standards exam needed for your license. This will include both flight and a practice oral exam.

NOTE: A MINIMUM OF 15 HOURS OF DUAL INSTRUCTION AND 5 HOURS OF SOLO TIME REQUIRED BEFORE TAKING THE PRACTICAL EXAM.