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Preflight November 2011

Finance your training
Quick, easy, and affordable—things you may not immediately think of when discussing flight training, but that’s exactly what you get when you finance your training with an AOPA Finance flight training loan.

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Double up the savings with an AOPA World Mastercard. You’ll earn cash back in all your favorite aviation categories, including flight schools. 

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Pilot Protection Services
Don’t sign anything without reading it first. On your behalf, AOPA Pilot Protection Services staff will review and critique one hangar or tie-down, aircraft rental, and aircraft leaseback agreement per year, so you can be confident signing documents related to your flight training.

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Logbook Love

To get the privilege,you need the endorsement

By Craig Brown

Q: I was looking at the ratings and limitations on my pilot certificate, and it occurred to me that student pilots have no aircraft privileges or limitations on their certificate. How do student pilots obtain privileges or receive limitations?

A: Student pilot certificates are issued without any ratings. A private pilot will usually start out with a rating such as airplane single-engine land, rotorcraft helicopter, or glider, but student pilots have none of those. They can fly all those aircraft, of course, with the proper instructor endorsements. It’s all about the logbook endorsements as a student pilot certificate affords no privileges without them.

The ability to solo, fly cross-country, or fly a specific aircraft, among other privileges, is accomplished by receiving the required training and then a corresponding logbook endorsement. Student pilots then carry that logbook on each flight to show authority to operate on that flight and in that aircraft.

Instructors should have a copy of Advisory Circular 61-65H (available from faa.gov), as it contains all the endorsements a pilot will ever need. This advisory circular contains 14 specific student pilot endorsements, in addition to others a student may need, such as tailwheel, complex airplane, or Robinson R22 awareness training.

Under FAR 61.89, students are on a short leash. Among a host of limitations, students cannot fly in a manner contrary to any limitations placed in their logbook by their instructor. Instructors may impose stricter limits than the FAA, based on their personal knowledge of a student’s abilities.

For more information, contact AOPA’s Pilot Information Center at 800-872-2672 or [email protected].

Craig Brown is a senior aviation technical specialist in the AOPA Pilot Information Center.

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