In the fall of 1999 I began to fulfill my lifelong dream of learning to fly an airplane.  In the summer of 2001 I received my private pilots license.

I live close to several small airports that offer flight schools so I called around.  One of my calls hooked me up with Dan Weltzien, the owner and operator of Skypark Airport, a flying community located between Wadsworth and Seville, Ohio.  He spent a few minutes on the phone and told me they were stating ground school that night (Monday), I should come out and get started.  Well I couldn’t make it that night, but they had another class starting on Wednesdays and I did make that class.  To find out more about ground school and my what that is like click my ground school link.

After you finish ground school you take your written FAA exam (and hopefully pass it).  The test is pretty hard and really test your knowledge of aviation, navigation, regulations and weather.  While you take the test you are video taped so if the FAA thinks you cheated somehow, there is a video on file for review.

Then, its off to the doctor for your FAA physical and hopefully you pass that…I did.  After that you may begin your actual flight training in an airplane.  You meet your flight instructor, set up your schedules and off you go into the wild blue yonder.