Aviation Lessons

Written by Robert Mac
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Aviation lessons are crucial for the pilot-in-training, not just for the experience, but to fulfill requirements imposed by the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA). There are many levels of flying certification--from private pilot licenses to airline pilot licenses--and corresponding aviation lessons for each stage. With the right training, you can fly as high as you want to.

Getting Aviation Lessons at a Flying Club

While most colleges and aviation institutions have regimented and fast-paced training schedules for pilots, a flying club operates at a slower pace. Take, for instance, the West Valley Flying Club in Palo Alto, California. Since they attract both professional and recreational pilots in a non-profit environment, they aren't obligated to graduate a given number of students in rigid time frame the way a college has to.

In fact, you can take aviation lessons at West Valley for just what you need. For example, if you only want to learn the basic Visual Flight Rules (VFR) to fly visually, just get a standard pilot's license. The next level of study--instrument rating--lets you fly with instrumentation as well as visually. As you move up the ladder at your own pace, you can get a commercial rating, a multi-engine rating, or flight instructor certification.

West Valley, as well as other flying clubs, provide customized flying lessons for specific needs, without the mandatory classes and hard sell of other institutions. It's a club first: even though there are professional pilots as members, the club started as a place for hobbyists to meet, talk, and fly. You can even take private flying lessons if you are uncomfortable with the stress of a competitive learning environment.

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