Training

Three Wing Aviation is a great place to learn how to fly!  We offer complete flight training services with experienced instructors to all members of our Flying Club.  Many of our instructors have been trained by the military of the airlines.

It is necessary to Join our Flying Club in order to learn in Three Wing aircraft. Flight Instruction is $51/hr for primary training and $55/hr for advanced training.

REQUIREMENTS FOR PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATE

Instruction and Flight Time

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards require a minimum of 40 hours of flight time that includes training in aircraft operations and flight, communication, weather and aircraft systems knowledge, cross country flight training, and emergency procedures.  However, experience shows that 60-70 hours are typically needed to perform to the FAA practical test standards.  Approximately two-thirds of this time will be flight with an instructor and the remainder will be solo flight.  If not a U.S. citizen, prior approval must be obtained from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which usually requires 3-4 weeks.  We can provide information to assist in the approval process.

Knowledge Test

A computerized knowledge test covering all aspects of flight operations must be successfully completed.  Some of the information contained in the knowledge test is provided by the student’s flight instructor during the course of the flight instruction.  However, complete preparation can be achieved through weekend commercial ground schools or home-study courses using a combination of printed materials and DVD, videos, or computer-based training.

We offer the computerized knowledge test at Three Wing through Computer Assisted Testing Services (CATS). We are the only place at the Bridgeport Airport where you can take you private pilot, instrument, commercial, flight instructor and ATP knowledge tests!

Practical Flight Test

The culmination of the training is a flight test, sometimes referred to as a “check ride,” with a FAA designated examiner.  The check ride is a two-part examination.  The first part is an oral discussion testing the candidate’s aeronautical knowledge and flight planning skills.  The second part is a flight test in the aircraft during which the candidate demonstrates the ability to use the flying skills and knowledge learned during the flight training course.

 

Health Requirements

A person must be in reasonably good health.  Prior to the first solo flight the student must complete a medical examination conducted by a FAA-approved aviation medical examiner.  The general requirements are:

  • Vision must be at least 20/40 without glasses or correctable to 20/40.  Must also be able to identify red, green, and white lights.
  • No nose or throat conditions that would be aggravated by flying.
  • Have proper balance—no vertigo tendencies.
  • Be able to hear a whispered voice from three feet.
  • Have no history of heart or mental/neurological problems.  There are waiver provisions to allow those who have recovered from various conditions to fly.

Age

A person must be at least 16 years of age to fly solo and 17 years of age to be awarded a private pilot certificate.