Flight Training

Training for New Pilots

Learn to fly here at Cascade Aviation. Our affordable training classes are the best way to get your pilot's license and become a fully certified private pilot.

Private Pilot Certification

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has minimum requirements for an individual to become a private pilot:

  • You must read, speak and understand the English language.
  • While there is no minimum age to take flying lessons, you must be at least 16 years of age to fly solo and 17 years of age to receive a private pilot certificate.
  • You must have a third-class medical certificate issued by an FAA medical examiner. Even if you don't have perfect vision or are color blind you can pass this medical exam, but may not fly solo.
  • You must have at least 40 hours of total flight time and at least 20 hours with a certified flight instructor.

Training sessions available to schedule with Cascade Aviation at your convenience seven days a week. During this session, you and your flight instructor will complete ground and flight instruction. 

The training is broken up into three stages:

  1. The first stage is preparing you to fly solo (flying without your flight instructor in the aircraft). In this phase of your training, you learn about slow flight, stalls, ground reference maneuvers, climbs, descents, straight and level, radio procedures, aerodynamics, take-offs, and landings. Your mastery of these maneuvers allows you to solo under the FAA's minimum requirements.
  2. The second stage is geared toward navigation and cross-country flying. In this stage, you focus on cross-country planning, maximum performance takeoffs and landings, understanding weather, lost and diversion procedures, night flying and navigation, weight and balance, and advanced chart reading. Once you have completed these tasks, then you are able to fly solo cross-countries trips within the Northwest.
  3. The third and final stage is preparation for your check ride. In this stage, you'll review all of the above procedures to the standards outlined in the FAA Practical Test Standards (PTS). The PTS is outlined of the flight and knowledge requirements in order to pass your private pilot check ride. The check ride is taken with an FAA-approved examiner. It is typically 4-6 hours long and consist of oral testing and a flight check. Once you have passed this check ride, you are a certified pilot. This means you can fly anywhere in the United States under Visual Flight Rules (VFR conditions).   

Instrument Rating 

The FAA has minimum requirements to receive an instrument rating:
  • Hold a current private pilot certificate
  • Read, write, and speak English.
  • Third class medical certification
  • Have completed 50 hours of cross-country flight as pilot in command. (However, an instrument student does not need 50 hours cross-country time to begin his/her training. Many cross-country hours may be accumulated in the course of IFR training.
  • Have completed 40 hours of dual instruction in either simulated or "actual" conditions. That is "under the hood" utilizing a view-limiting device or actual "in the clouds " conditions.

Instrument training is broken up into three stages:
  1. First Stage: You learn to control his aircraft without outside visual reference. This is in reference solely to the instruments and includes climbs, descents, and turns based upon a "control and performance" model that will get the student acclimatized to flying by the "six pack" (artificial horizon, altimeter, vertical speed indicator, turn coordinator, directional gyro, and tachometer)
  2. Second Stage: We will take Stage One skills and incorporate them into larger picture of VOR, DME, localizer and ILS navigation. We will utilize IFR approach and en route maps to see Oregon and Washington's airspace in a whole new way. With some work, you will go home to stations, intercept radials, hold at intersections and shoot approaches. 
  3. Third Stage: This takes your skills and puts them in the real world of weather, air traffic control, cross-country planning and emergency preparedness. The goal is single pilot confidence and proficiency in the IFR world. After this stage, you will be ready to pass the instrument rating check ride with an FAA-approved examiner, and just as importantly, fly safely to new destinations in the clouds. 
since 2013
Cascade Aviation is a member of AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) and WPA (Washington Pilots Association).
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