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Flight Student Resources

Flight Student ResourcesWith the internet and technology, there are endless resources available to student pilot’s.  The FAA’s website is a vast resource for pilot’s and student pilot’s.  The Federal Aviation Regulations , the Handbook of Aeronautical Science and the Flight Maneuver Handbook are all available through the FAA and it is all free.  There is also information about certification of pilot’s, air traffic control, and airports around the country.

Weather services:

Every time you fly you should always get a good weather briefing.  The FAA approved weather reports are fund on DUATS– Direct User Access Terminal Service.  You must have a student pilot certificate to access this weather service, or be provided with a log in and password from your instructor.  Getting familiar with DUATS is very important during your flight training and in preparation for your check ride.

Another great website for checking the weather report and forecasts is the NOAA Weather Services – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.    All of the graphic weather charts can be found on this site and it is very user friendly.  Examiners use this site to quiz students during the oral section of the check ride.

Learn to use your GPS:

Becoming familiar with your aircraft’s GPS can take a little time, and it’s just a matter of knowing what button does what.  To become proficient using your GPS, you can download a computer version for free.  The Garmin 400 series simulator is available for a free download and is a great way to become quick at setting in frequencies and approaches.  Also, the Garmin 500 series is available for a free download.


New Flight Technology:

ForeFlight for Pilot'sWith the introduction of ForeFlight and the Ipad, flying has become a whole new experience.   All students must learn to use the “old school” paper charts and book, but ForeFlight is a great tool that utilizes GPS tracking over aeronautical charts, making it easy to navigate and  make flight plans, helping to stay organized in the cockpit.

ForeFlight provides real time weather and satellite images of current weather.  It also allows you to file flight plans and store aircraft profiles for flight planning purposes.  There are many additional downloads such as FAA publications, checklists and so much more!











Flying Is Fun

Arriving at the airport on a beautiful sunny day, preflighting the plane and going out for a flight is a thrill! Once in the air all your worries and cares fly away and you are above it all. The views are breathtaking and each flight offers new challenges and excitement.



Flying makes the trip as fun as the destination! There are so many fun destinations and so much to see along the way! Take a weekend ski trip to Big Bear and fly into the snow covered mountains, or fly to Catalina for a weekend camping trip. Many people find that flying can also be very convenient for business trips as well.



Flying is an exciting career with many opportunities. Air travel is constantly growing and so is private air travel. In the coming years there will be a huge demand for pilots as the pilots now begin to retire. From flying small commuter planes, charter services to flying the big commercial jets, there are many different types of flying opportunities depending on what fits you best. Instructing can also be a very rewarding job and a lot of fun!



The aviation community is a small group of tight knit people. The airport is a great place to meet new people that also have a passion for flying. There are also many fun flying events and all kinds of meetings for pilots that want to continue their education. "Hangar talk" at the airport is always fun where pilots of all backgrounds share their fun or exciting flying stories.