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If you truely have a passion to learn how to fly, The Skyrider Aviation Flight School is the place for you . We operate the only full service Flight School by the Ocean, called Skyrider Aviation. In addition to passion, you must, also, be prepared to make a solid commitment to a disciplined program of flight training, at least weekly, with our CFI. You should also do your homework on the types and styles of Ultralights. Below are some links where you will find alot of information and some good text books to buy. Here you will learn how to fly ; You will learn the 'nuts and bolts' of your Flying Machine; You will learn from the best in the business! Pilots, radio wizards and Mechanics. Your Pre-flight will be perfect. When we're through with you, you will be able to confidently fly a check ride with the most disciplined FAACFI in the business. We don't screw around, and you'll find we're the best in SoCal! We turn out Pilots, Excellent Pilots! And have been doing so for years!

For starters, let's talk aviation:
A-ALPHA, B-BRAVO, C-CHARLIE, D-DELTA, E-ECHO, F-FOX TROT, G-GOLF, H-HOTEL,
I-INDIA, J-JULIET, K-KILO, L-LIMA, M-MIKE, N-NOVEMBER, O-OSCAR, P-PAPA, Q-QUEBEC,
R-ROMEO, S-SIERRA, T-TANGO, U-UNIFORM, V-VICTOR, W-WHISKEY, X-X-RAY, Y-YANKEE, Z-ZULU. R-also means RESPECT! For you're fellow pilots and control towers!

Now, you need to know what clasification an Ultralight Aircraft falls under what the FAA calls Part 103 (or FAR 103) of the Federal Aviation Regulations Manual (FAR/AIM). Here is a brief excerpt from the manual:

Part 103.1 Applicability

This part prescribes rules governing the operation of ultralight vehicles in the United States. For the purposes of this part, an ultralight vehicle is a vehicle that:

(a) Is used or intended to be used for manned operation in the air by a single occupant;

(b) Is used or intended to be used for recreation or sport purposes only;

(c) Does not have any U.S. or foreign airworthiness certificate; and

(d) If unpowered, weighs less than 155 pounds; or

(e) If powered:

(1) Weighs less than 254 pounds empty weight, excluding floats and safety devices which are intended for deployment in a potentially catastrophic situation;

(2) Has a fuel capacity not exceeding 5 U.S. gallons;

(3) Is not capable of more than 55 knots calibrated airspeed at full power in level flight; and

(4) Has a power-off stall speed which does not exceed 24 knots calibrated airspeed.

Since 2010, the FAA has re-classified any Ultralight style flying machine that exceeds these requirements as a 'Light Sport Aircraft', requiring additional training and a Sport Pilot's license.

 
What a typical Ultralight looks like
 

Follow this link for the rest of this document from the FAR/AIM:
http://www.usua.org/Rules/faa103.htm#103.1

Here you can find detailed rules and regulations differentiating "Ultralights" and "Sport" aircraft (FAR/AIM).
http://www.usua.org/Rules/ruleandregs.htm

You should also purchase "A Professional Approach to Ultralights" here:
http://www.rainbowaviation.com/book_for_sale.htm

Other important links for all pilots and student pilots! The FAA, Safety Briefings,etc. Do your homework!
Everyone. Sign up and get updates.
http://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/
www.twitter.com/FAASafetyBrief

See our Links page for your Text Books and other required documents.

Although our lesson plans vary per the indiviual student, below is a basic starter "Part 103" training program.

  • Minimum 10 Hours of dual instruction in our 2 place Quicksilver Sport MXL-II
  • 3 Hours of closely supervised solo flight in the same plane you trained in
  • 1 Hour final check ride
  • 8 Hours ultralight pilot ground school
  • Written Test Oral Test
  • Pilot Registration
  • USUA or ASC Pilot membership
  • Pilot Logbook
  • Instruction Manual (FAR/AIM)
  • Current Los Angeles Sectional Chart
  • Preflight Checklist

Flight Instruction Hourly Rates (part 103)

Ground school and instruction (individual)

$40.00 per hour*
Ground school and instruction (group)
$20.00 per hour*
Dual flight instruction
$140.00 per hour*
Supervised solo instruction
$150.00 per session*
*Prices include your Training Aircraft 'Wet' and your FAA Certified Flight Instructor. They do not include Pilot's Logbook, Text Books, Manuals, LA Sectional or other class materials.

Learn to fly Ultralights for only $140 per hour, which includes both the plane and instructor. While most students take 15-20 hours of instruction to safely be released into the wild, it can be done in as little as 10 hours. Just think, flying yourself around for under 2 grand. Why wait!

Block hour Payment plans are available, please contact us when you're ready to fly and save money!

For all of your textbooks and study materials, you can go here:
Heidi's Place at the Camarillo Airport:
http://www.westerncardinal.com/home.php

We fly Quicksilver Flying Machines for Training, study these amazing aircraft
http://www.quicksilveraircraft.com/

For Bookings and Training e-mail our FAACFI Mike

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