Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the requirements to start Private Pilot training?
--- You will need to be at least 17 years of age to obtain your private pilot certificate but you can start your training at 16!
--- Be able to read, write, and converse fluently in English.
--- Obtain at least a third-class Medical Certificate.
2. Do you offer discovery flights or introductory lessons?
---Yes, Fly Around Alaska Flight School offers an all inclusive discovery flight package. It includes 1-hour of ground and 1-hour of flight lessons. Our highly competent Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) will also introduce your to preflighting the plane and take you on a ride that you'll never forget!
3. Do I need to purchase renter's insurance?
--- No, our school is fully covered for flight instruction operations and for you, the plane, and the instructor. You are not required to purchase insurance, it is included in our flat rate course programs.
4. Do you accept International Students?
--- Yes, you will need to complete the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP) process prior to starting and we can help you with any questions you may have. Click here to download the guide.
5. What airport do you operate out of and what is the airspace like?
--- Our main school is located at the Palmer, Alaska airport (PAAQ). It is an uncontrolled airspace/ non-towered airport, meaning the airport was deemed not required to have an Air Traffic Controller (ATC). Rules and regulations still apply at our airport, but because there aren't heavy amounts of traffic you'll receive more flight time instead of waiting in line for the runway!
6. How long will it take to earn my private pilot certificate?
--- We have two options for full private pilot courses if you are starting from zero hours. The Accelerated Private Pilot Program is for those who can commit to 14 days of flying full time. You will be required to study beforehand so that you have a sound base knowledge. The Non-Accelerated Private Pilot Program is for those who may be working or going to school who can't commit to a full time training schedule. This course guarantees you'll receive 3 lessons per week (weather permitting). We've found that this is the sweet spot for flight training and helps build muscle memory and motor skills faster.
7. Is there structure to your program or do I just come fly when I can?
--- We strongly believe in our programs, and a huge part of that is the structure and organization of the program. Which is why we use a software system to track your progress and report on each flight and set up a schedule for the instructors and students so that there is better transparency. You will know which course and maneuvers you will be trained on for each lesson, which allows you to prepare or study if you would like. This structure gives better outcomes and helps you complete the program in record time.
8. What is the weather like in Alaska? What is the best time of year to come?
--- We're glad you asked! We do fly all year but Alaska can sometimes have harsh temperatures, snow, sleet, and rain (sometimes in the same week). For this reason, we only offer the Accelerated Private Pilot Courses from March to October. However, if you would like to get started on the Non-Accelerated we recommend this any time of year.
9. What do my training days look like?
--- For the Accelerated Program (14 day) you will be fully immersed in aviation. Think of it as an aviation boot camp. You will start early but we will provide copious amounts of coffee and snacks! Your days will start at 8 a.m., and your ground lessons will be stacked next to flight lessons, with breaks between. Think of it as your highschool days where you went to multiple classes a day to avoid going restless. Each lesson wont last longer than 1.5 hours, which is optimal for learning and retaining information.
--- For the Non-Accelerated Program (3x/ week) it will include at least 1.5 hours of ground instruction and 1.5 hours of flight instruction. Although you only need 40 hours of flight instruction, you will generally receive about 35 hours of ground instruction in addition to flight.
10. Where do you conduct ground training?
--- Our flight school has a school house at the airport with 6 classrooms and a flight planning room. This helps minimize distractions and optimize your learning environment. You are here to accomplish a goal, and we provide the environment to do so.
If you have any questions not listed here, please give us a call or text and we would be happy to assist the navigation process. 907-746-2290