We’ll start your finish-up planning by reviewing your logbook. We’ll check documentation and endorsements, see what you’ve already accomplished and what FAA requirements remain. This will tell us the regulatory tasks that still need to be finished up.
With a logbook review in hand, you’ll meet with one of our instructors. A little bit of time on the ground, some time in the simulator and the aircraft, and we’ll have a detailed idea of where your strengths are, as well as the areas where we need to focus our energies. Upon completion, we’ll design a program and a schedule to get you finished up, once and for all!
How much does the finish program cost? How long and how many hours are included?
It varies tremendously; finish-up programs can range from “I started my private training with 10 hours 30 years ago” to “I'm signed off for my checkride and my airplane is down for annual.” Any finish-up program is going to have two components: satisfying the FAA's requirements, and flying to proficiency. The first is easy – we review your logbook and do the math. The second is more challenging and normally requires some time with one of our CFIs to determine. Once they've gotten a good idea of your flying skills, we can put a program together.
I understand that everyone is different, but can I get a ballpark on how long this will take?
Well, let's put it this way: we can do an entire private or instrument in just a couple weeks of full-time training, so it's not going to be longer than that. If you have most of the requirements met, we may be able to get this done over a long weekend or two.
I can't train full-time.
No problem. Let us know your availability and we'll put together a schedule for you. One of the biggest deficiencies we see when people come to us for a finish-up is lack of regular, frequent training. And while a full-immersion training program is certainly beneficial, it is more important that training is regular and consistent. We'll work with you.
I was using a different school's syllabus; do I have to start over?
Of course not! None of your hours and experience go away. It all counts and will be taken into consideration. The biggest determining factor is proficiency and flying to the FAA's standards.
I was training under Part 141; can I still do a finish-up program?
Yes, you can. We will look at the requirements you have met and figure out the most efficient and economical way to finish you up, whether it is 61 or 141. We'll figure the regs out, you just focus on learning and flying.
My previous school had me buy tons of materials. Can I use any of those?
Certainly. We can use any books and materials you have already purchased. Our course Learning Guide is a valuable tool that will also assist you and organize your training. It is yours at no additional cost.
I'm ready to finish-up. How much notice do you need?
Give us as much notice as you can, once you decide to start. As all of our resources are dedicated to flight training, we can get you scheduled usually with a few day's notice, but we also need to schedule your check ride with a designated examiner. The more notice we have, the easier it is to work around their schedules.
Can I use my own aircraft?
Absolutely. Your s or ours, it makes no difference to us; we want flying the aircraft to be familiar and easy for you. You are welcome to use a club or personal aircraft for the training. We'll have our insurance companies communicate a bit, and we'll be ready to go. You can even leave your plane here with us between your lessons.
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Santa Monica Municipal Airport
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