Part II


Part I

Part II

Part III

What’s Next?

Thanks for all the great comments, questions and participation on the last video. It’s really huge that many of you are taking this first step seriously, and going after this dream. As you can tell, it does take a lot of effort. In this video, I reveal even more the process of becoming a PPL (Private Pilot License).

In this video, we cover the following topics:

  • The “One Thing” we will accomplish in this course (again)

  • A short recap of the last video

  • Finding a Flight School, and what to look for

  • Scheduling a Discovery Flight

  • The Model Student

    • Financial Preparedness

    • Family Talk

    • Medical

    • Written Test

  • The Private Pilot Process

    • Sailing to Solo

    • Cross Country

    • Checkride Preparation

    • The Checkride Day

  • Community Questions on Time & Cost

  • Next Video

Community Comments:

"Is there anything I left out? Do you have follow up questions on the process? Questions about your particular area? Did this video make something clear you didn’t know before? Comment below! "

This entry has 12 replies

Hi Chris,
One thing that I got from this video was to get my physical done. I’ve been delaying it while doing the studying. So, I’d better make sure that I will be able to fly before going too much farther. I shouldn’t have any problem passing the physical.

It was a very good video. I’ll keep “Throttling On”.

For the most part, if you’re healthy and don’t have any issues you’re managing, it’s a walk in the park. But I bring up that subject pretty strong because I think people shouldn’t disqualify themselves, and shouldn’t allow the FAA the disqualify them either without taking a really good look. Great to see you’ll take that step!

Once again, great stuff sir! From this one to be aviator you shared some really great knowledge. For myself I’ve created a roadmap and I’d really like your opinion. I have purchased and started kings ground school package. I am still waiting to hear back from my special issuance for being insulin-dependent diabetic. But I couldn’t stop myself from starting the groundwork. I plan on completing that and taking the ground test and then move on into the flight training. Does that make sense?

Yes, I think it makes a lot of sense to do that before moving into the flight training. But it doesn’t mean you can’t start shopping for the right place in the meantime to find out their prices, if they’re good, do a Discovery Flight, etc. That way you can hit the ground running when it’s time. Great to see a plan come together!

Hi Chris,

A couple questions for you on determining a Flight School. My first question is, should the type of airplanes the school uses be a consideration? Let’s say your dream is to own a Cessna one day. Does that mean you shouldn’t pick a flying school that only has Pipers? My second question is, if you’re really bad talking on the radio, should you pick a flying school that’s on a non=towered airport?

Great question, Greg.

Question 1:
In my eyes, it doesn’t really matter. Both airplanes are going to fly in a similar way. If you were to go to a school with Pipers, your transition later on to a Cessna will only take a few hours, and then of course a handful for hours by yourself to master the airplane. I’ve flown both types of aircraft, each having their pros and cons.

Question 2:
Everyone has trouble on the radio, unless they are already a radio star. My suggestion would be that if it’s really an issue, go to the place where you can face the issue head on and learn how to talk on the radio. The odd thing is that operating in either location cripples you for the other. For example, someone that is use to flying out of a busy airport is accustomed to having the controller tell them what to do. Place them at an uncontrolled airport, and now they may be confused about how things work. The converse can be a similar scenario — someone from a smaller, uncontrolled airport that isn’t familiar with the procedures of a controlled airport. So… living in both worlds is the best, but choosing a flight school should be much more about instructor/student fit than where the airport is located.

Dear Chris,

Thank you very much for this video. I get some important ideas a was looking for a long time: a basic syllabus and a road map to my (next) license.

Very, very good work!

Greetings from Mexico

Happy to hear it! And great to hear from you. If only for a few ideas, then I’ve done my job.

Thank you Chris for making these videos and all you do!! I am crying tears of joy and thanksgiving in awe of appreciation for you and you putting all this together!! Thank you for going after your dreams and not accepting “no” for an answer!! I’m looking for a FAA medical examiner in Juneau now

I just got my medical done again, and I’m so grateful to be able to fly. It’s a tough road but certainly worth it. So happy this has meant a lot to you!

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