Are you ready to have fun? You have made the exciting decision to become a Private Pilot. We have provided this checklist below to walk you through the process of getting started after your Introductory Flight.
- Decide which training program is for you. How often you fly not only determines how quickly you get your license, but saves you money as well in time not spent relearning things between lessons.
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- Visit an Aviation Medical Examiner to get your 3rd Class Medical Certificate and Student Pilot Certificate. Use the database on AOPA’s website to find one near you.
- Apply for your Flight Restricted Zone security clearance. This is a Federal requirement for all pilots operating from Potomac Airfield. You can apply online here.
- Apply for your Fuel Club card. All students are required to provide their own fuel. The club here at Potomac Airfield offers fuel at cost. You can apply for your card on the same website in #3 when you apply for your PIN.
- Set up your Renter’s Insurance. As a rental pilot you are required to carry a Renter’s policy with at least $50,000 in hull coverage. We have partnered with Avemco Insurance to offer competitive rates. You can apply online at Avemco's website You can choose any insurance company you like, however you must provide proof of insurance within the first two weeks of joining.
- Provide proof of US Citizenship. This is a Federal requirement that all new students must comply with. You can provide a valid/current US Passport or, both a current Driver’s License and Birth Certificate.
- Books and Materials. A Private Pilot materials kit is available from GT Aviation. This kit contains all books, charts, and tools needed throughout the course of instruction.
We also highly recommend you get the free 6 months subscription to AOPA’s Flight Training Magazine. You can apply online here.