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Getting Started

Getting Started is Easy.

At McAir Aviation, there is no up front contract or commitment. You pay as you go after each flight. Some students may place money on account or utilize financial aid.

Once you have been assigned your instructor, the two of you will schedule your lessons together, around your schedule. Generally each flight lesson takes about 2 hours, with about an hour or a bit more in the airplane and the balance of time for pre and post flight time with your instructor. There is some ground instruction time - not everything can be taught in the aircraft. Ground instruction gives you the opportunity to ask questions, review that days’ flight lesson, and plan your next flight.

McAir conducts flight training 7 days a week, 365 days per year. Your flight training schedule can be tailored to works best for you. On your own schedule. At your own pace.

At McAir Aviation, there is no required formal “ground school” as many people think. All “ground school” is self study at your own pace utilizing our exclusive Cessna Computer Based Instruction Kit or “CBI”. Study along at home by following the course syllabus.

You will also have 3 “Stage Checks” along the way in your training with a McAir CheckAirman. He or she will give you an invaluable objective review on how you are progressing. All this is designed to provide the best training available. By the time you are ready, you will be comfortable and confident in the cockpit.

At the end of your training there are two tests you will take, one written, and one flying the airplane.

You can take the written test whenever you have completed your studies. The test for the private consists of 60 random multiple choice questions out of a total question bank of 200. Don’t worry, you will be well prepared. The Cessna Kit will cover ALL of the written test questions—complete with practice tests. And remember, McAir is an FAA Testing Center so you don't have to travel to take your test.

The flight test is called the “Practical”. If you have enrolled in McAir's 141 program, you do not have to fly with an FAA Examiner. it is simply your Graduation Flight with our Chief Flight Instructor. Because the FAA has granted McAir In-House Examining Authority, there is no "fail". If you don't happen to pass your Graduation Flight on the first attempt, you will simply work with your instructor a bit more on the parts that gave you trouble.

Your “Medical”.

You’ll also need a medical certificate. This is no big deal. There are 3 classes of FAA Medical Certificates; Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3. As a private pilot or student pilot you’ll need a Class 3. It also servers as your Student Pilot Certificate while training. It is just a quick exam with an FAA Certified Medical Examiner. You don’t have to get it right away—you can start your training without it. However, you do need it before you solo and it’s a good idea not to put it off. We would like you to get it done by your 3rd lesson - just to make sure everything is ok before you spend a bunch of money on your training.

And remember, We offer discounted in-house medical exams! You can schedule your Medical with Dr. Robinson right here at McAir!

Two things that YOU can do to Lower your training time and cost:

First: Be prepared. Come to your lessons prepared and full of questions for your instructor. Actively participate in your training. Keep up with the lessons in the Cessna Training Kit. Make the effort to get the most out of your training. Ask questions about everything.

Second: Fly regularly. Two to four lessons a week is great. It doesn’t mater to us, but the more regularly you fly, the quicker you build on what you have learned, and the more you save!

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