Transform a high school student into a licensed Private Pilot during the summer between their junior and senior year.
- Promote piloting and general aviation.
- Cultivate interest in aviation as a career.
- Address the national pilot shortage.
- Must be a US citizen.
- Must be a high school student, at least 17 years of age at the time of the check ride in late August.
- No criminal record prior to or during the program.
- Maintain good grades and academic standing throughout the period.
- Attend ground school classes on Tuesday nights 6:30-9:00pm.
- Pass class III medical examination prior to completing ground-school.
- Obtain above average results in ground-school tests and written exams.
- Participate in other San Carlos Flight Center activities such as the FlyOutGroup and monthly BBQs.
- Writes occasional articles for the monthly newsletter with respect to his/her progress.
- Participate in the selection and mentoring of the next year’s candidate.
Outline of Program
The entire program is provided free of charge to successful candidate. This includes:
- Ground school instruction with all necessary materials, books, charts, and basic flight planning tools.
- Scheduling and completing the FAA written knowledge test.
- Scheduling and completing a Class III medical examination.
- Flight instruction with expert instructors.
- Mentorship and guidance from other instructors and pilots.
- Phase checks at appropriate training milestones.
- Check ride with FAA Designated Pilot Examiner.
- February 28 - applications are due
- March 15 - winner is announced
- April 2 – begin ground school, Tuesday evenings 6:30-9:00pm for 12 weeks
- April/May – complete Class III medical examination
- Mid-June (when school ends) – begin flight training, 3-5 lessons per week
Please note that the 2013 application process is closed. 2014 applications will be available in January 2014.