Private Pilot Course of Instruction

Flight Instruction Curriculum

Steve Sconfienza, Ph.D.

Airline Transport Pilot

Flight Instructor: Airplane Single and Multiengine; Instrument Airplane

cell: 518.366.3957

e-mail: docsteve@localnet.com

  1. Pre/Post Flight Ground Instruction

    (In Addition to Pre-and Post-Flight Briefings for Flight-Specific Instruction & Evaluation)

    1. Preflight Preparation Procedures
      1. Certificates and Documents
      2. Airworthiness Requirements
      3. Weather Information
      4. Cross-Country Flight Planning
      5. National Airspace System
      6. Performance and Limitations
      7. Operation of Systems
      8. Aeromedical Factors
    2. Preflight Procedures And Postflight
      1. Preflight Inspection
      2. Cockpit Management
      3. Engine Starting
      4. Before Takeoff Check
      5. After Landing, Parking, and Securing
  2. Pre-Solo Flight Instruction

    1. Basic Aircraft Control
      1. Straight-and-Level Flight
      2. Constant Airspeed Climbs
      3. Constant Airspeed Descents
      4. Turns to Headings
    2. Preflight Procedures And Postflight
      1. Maneuvering During Slow Flight
      2. Power-Off Stalls
      3. Power-On Stalls
      4. Spin Awareness
    3. Performance Maneuver
      1. Steep Turns
    4. Ground Reference Maneuvers
      1. Rectangular Course
      2. S-Turns
      3. Turns Around a Point
    5. Airport Operations
      1. Radio Communications and ATC Light Signals
      2. Traffic Patterns
      3. Airport Runway and Taxiway Signs, Markings, and Lighting
    6. Takeoffs, Landings, And Go-Arounds
      1. Normal and Crosswind Takeoff and Climb
      2. Normal and Crosswind Approach and Landing
      3. Forward Slip to a Landing
      4. Go-Around/Rejected Landing
    7. Basic Instrument Maneuvers (Part I)
      1. Straight-and-Level Flight
      2. Constant Airspeed Climbs
      3. Constant Airspeed Descents
      4. Turns to Headings
      5. Recovery from Unusual Flight Attitudes

        Three hours minimum total instrument time (including "Part II" following)

    8. Emergency Operations
      1. Emergency Approach and Landing (Simulated)
      2. Systems and Equipment Malfunctions
    9. Solo Flight
      1. In traffic pattern

        Ten hours minimum solo time (including all subsequent solo)

    10. Practice Area Familiarization
      1. Flight to/from/within practice area
    11. Solo Flight
      1. In traffic pattern
      2. In practice area
  3. Cross-Country And Advanced Flight Maneuvers/Techniques

    1. Navigation
      1. Pilotage and Dead Reckoning
      2. Navigation Systems and Radar Services
      3. Diversion
      4. Lost Procedures
    2. Takeoffs, Landings, And Go-Arounds
      1. Soft-Field Takeoff and Climb
      2. Soft-Field Approach and Landing
    3. Basic Instrument Maneuvers (Part II)
      1. Straight-and-Level Flight
      2. Constant Airspeed & Rate Climbs
      3. Constant Airspeed & Rate Descents
      4. Turns to Headings
      5. Recovery from Unusual Flight Attitudes
      6. Radio Communications, Navigation Systems/Facilities, and Radar Services
    4. Emergency Operations
      1. Emergency Approach and Landing (Simulated)
      2. Systems and Equipment Malfunctions
      3. Emergency Equipment and Survival Gear
    5. Night Operation
      1. Night Preparation and operations (including 10 takeoffs and landings)
      2. One cross-country flight over 100 miles distance
      3. Three hours minimum
    6. Cross Country Flights
      1. Dual cross-country

        Three hours minimum

      2. Solo cross-country
        1. One flight of:
          1. 50 nautical miles total distance
          2. Full-stop landings at three points
          3. One flight segment more than 50 nautical miles
  4. Flight Test Preparation

    1. Preparation For The Practical Test
      1. Within preceding two calendar months of month of test

        Three hours minimum