HUFFMAN AVIATION LLC
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where is Huffman Aviation and how long has it been in business?
Huffman Aviation has operated out of the east side of Fort Worth Spinks Airport for more than ten years. From its beginnings as a one man operation, Huffman Aviation has grown to become one of the larger independent flight schools in the DFW area. Every year more than 20 students complete one or more of the training courses offered.
Why should I learn to fly at Huffman Aviation?
We want what you want – for you to enjoy flying and become a safe, proficient pilot. Jake handpicks his instructors, and holds them accountable for the quality of training they provide. The instructors will never instruct for the primary purpose of packing their pilot logbook with the time required to get an airline job. They teach because they love teaching and helping others. As the motivational speaker Zig Ziglar used to say, “the best way to get what you want is to help enough other people get what they want.”
How long will it take to get a Private certificate or Instrument Rating?
The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours for the Private Pilot Certificate. While a few students may complete the course within this time, many others will find themselves needing or wanting more time. A consistent pace of training will generally enable you to obtain your certificate soonest with the lowest cost. Jake recommends two lessons per week, in which case the program takes about four months. It can be done faster or slower, however. The Instrument Rating is just about the same level of effort and time commitment.
When can I schedule lessons?
Except for major holidays, Huffman Aviation is open 6 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, we will schedule lessons when it is convenient for you and an airplane and instructor are available. You will be introduced to our online scheduling system to make it easier for you to see our availability and match it with yours.
What should I expect in a lesson?
Generally you will schedule two and a half hour flight lessons with an instructor. This provides adequate time for a pre-flight briefing, the flight lesson, a post-flight debrief, and usually a short ground lesson. We follow a syllabus written by Jake, but all our instructors use good judgment to modify and tailor your training to your needs.
What airplane will I train in?
For students not limited by size, we use Cessna 150/152s because we believe they are the best trainers. We also give instruction in a Piper Warrior and Cessna 172s. All our airplanes are IFR certified so we can train Private, Instrument, and Commercial in any of them.
What is the difference between high wing and low wing aircraft?
The primary difference is the view. The basic flying qualities are quite similar. Some pilots prefer the more positive taxi characteristics of the Pipers, and some like how the high wing Cessnas keep the sun off of them.
How are the aircraft maintained?
All of our aircraft are maintained by a highly experienced, on staff aircraft mechanic with help from one or more mechanics-in-training. They test fly every airplane after major maintenance to be sure they have done their job well and the aircraft are ready for return to service.
Do I choose my instructor?
You should expect to fly with more than one, perhaps all our instructors at one time or another. If you prefer one more than another you may express that to the Chief Pilot. Ultimately, the goal is to train you efficiently to a higher level of skill and proficiency than any other school in the area. Having said that, we want you to fly with an instructor who best meets your needs.
How do I pay for training?
There are several payment options available. Some customers elect to pay at the completion of each lesson. Cash, check, and most credit cards are accepted. Others choose to pre-pay and take advantage of discounts that allow us to avoid credit card fees. We offer a 5% discount on payments in advance of $1500 or more by cash or check, and an 8% discount for $4500. Keep your account balance positive throughout your training and you keep getting the discount.
What is ground training and is it required?
Huffman Aviation programs have ground training in three different forms and all are required. The first is the pre and post flight briefing to talk about what you will do and then review what and how you did during the flight. The second is a discussion of aircraft systems or some other flying related topic such as airspace and rules. The last kind is offered as partial preparation for the FAA Knowledge Exam. We expect you to accomplish most of your own study for the written test, but experience tells us nearly every student needs additional one-on-one help in the areas of Performance, Weight and Balance, and Weather.
What about bad weather?
We expect you to be here for scheduled training regardless of weather. There is almost always some ground training or simulator training that needs to be covered, and bad weather days are a great time to do it. There is a lot of ground material for any certificate you are working toward.
When can I carry passengers?
During the lessons, a passenger can be carried only if the instructor is present, and this can be conducive to spousal or family support for training. Pick a good day, not too hot or turbulent, for the best experience. Carrying passengers without an instructor present is allowed when you have a Private Pilot Certificate.
What do I have to do to maintain my certificate once I become a pilot?
Your pilot certificate never expires, but you must have obtained another certificate or completed a flight review within the preceding 24 calendar months to be able to fly as pilot in command. If you wish to carry passengers, you must have done 3 takeoffs and landings in the preceding 90 days. As part of our company policy, we require you to stay current in our aircraft by flying at least once every 90 days.
What will I be able to do once I get my certificate?
You will be qualified to fly most single engine land aircraft in good weather. We require additional ground and flight training in any aircraft different from what you trained in. You may travel to almost any civil airport in the US, and almost none of them levy landing fees.
What is the difference between a Part 61 and Part 141 school?
Huffman Aviation is a Part 61 school, which means we develop and use our own course structure and syllabus based on the nearly fifty years of Jake Huffman's flying and training experience. Part 141 schools have direct FAA oversight of their course structures and can complete students in slightly fewer hours. That theoretical advantage of the 141 school is normally forfeit because of the rigid requirements of the FAA regulations.
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