Flight Training Tips & Suggestions

Big Change for Aircraft Required to Take Your Commercial and CFI Checkrides

AMS Flight School Taxi TipRecently, the FAA issued news rules regarding the type of aircraft required for a initial Commercial and CFI checkrides.

No longer is the checkride required to be done in the complex aircraft. A complex aircraft is one with retractable gear, retractable flaps, and controllable pitch propeller. The requirement still states that the applicant must have a minimum of 10 hours of instruction in a complex aircraft and have a complex endorsement from a CFI.

So although a student must still learn to fly a complex aircraft, they are no longer required to use one on the checkride.

Keep in mind the training and checkride can still be completed in a complex aircraft like the two Piper Arrows we have at AMS Flight school. Come on down to AMS Flight School and let us help you be Pilot in Command!

Before You Can Learn To Fly, You Have To Learn To Taxi

AMS Flight School Taxi TipBefore you ever get an aircraft into the air, you have to be able to taxi the aircraft to the runway. In order to accomplish this task, you must forget everything you know about driving a car and remember you are in an airplane. Unlike a car where you have a steering wheel, in an aircraft, you steer with the rudder pedals, which turns the nose wheel. Push the pedal left and the nose (thus the airplane) goes left – the same goes for the right pedal. A technique our instructors use on the first taxi lesson is to have the student pilot sit on their hands. This prevents them from turning the yoke, which moves ailerons, but not the taxi direction of the aircraft. The brakes are also different from in a car. Each rudder pedal has a toe brake, which controls the brake on each side of the aircraft; the left toe brake for the left wheel and right toe brake for right wheel. Also, unlike a car, where you one brake pedal, you must brake with both feet. It takes a little getting use to, but after a lesson or two, you should have this task down cold.


Night Flying

Flight Training at NightFlying at night poses numerous challenges for pilots, which are not encountered in daylight – including separate rules and equipment requirements. AMS Flight School teaches its student to master all the challenges of flying, whether during the day or at night.

You can read more about flying at night on the AOPA website.


Maneuver's Guide

Click here to download a PDF of the required flight maneuvers for private pilot's license.