Familiarize student with the privileges, obligations and responsibilities of a private pilot. Introduce student to the airplane and preflight and postflight procedures, use of checklists and safety precautions. Familiarize student with the effect and use of flight controls, practice area and local airport.
Introduce student to preflight inspection, flight in a light aircraft, and the four fundamentals of aircraft control.
Read Chapter 3 of the Airplane Flying Handbook.
Introduce student to aeronautical decision-making, takeoff, straight and level flight, turns, and landings.
Read Chapter 3, page 3 of the Airplane Flying Handbook.
Develop student's ability to apply coordinated control inputs and introduce the relationship between attitude and aircraft instruments.
Read Chapter 3 of the Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge: Aerodynamics of Flight.
Introduce student to slow flight and stall characteristics.
Read Chapter 6, Emergency procedures, Aeronautical Information Manual.
Review emergency procedures and checklists, Pilot's Operating Handbook
To gain an understanding of emergency operations and to increase understanding of slow flight and stall recovery
Read Chapter 6, Ground Reference Maneuvers and Chapter 9, pages 1-2 on steep turns, Airplane Flying Handbook
Read the November 2001 AOPA Flight Training article "Training Topics: Checkride"
Introduce student to performance maneuvers
Review previously assigned reading, research the answers to any questions, and be prepared to discuss them during the preflight ground briefing of the review lesson.
Diagram ground reference maneuvers showing wind corrections at different positions during the maneuvers.
Review material learned in previous lessons and increase comfort level with the airplane in various flight regimes
Review ASF Safety Hot Spot: Operations at Nontowered Airports.
Read Federal Aviation Regulations on student pilot solo requirements.
Airport/Facilities Directory data on airport at which solo will occur.
Practice getting weather briefings and evaluating suitability of conditions.
Determine that the student is ready for the first solo flight
Student demonstrates control of airplane without assistance of on-board instructor
Determine that the student can safely depart the traffic pattern, conduct solo flights in the practice area, and return to the airport and land with no instructor assistance.
Research in AIM any flight operations questions that arose during solo.
To review flight maneuvers and allow student to feel comfortable when soloing the airplane.
Read Chapter 5 and Chapter 8 passages on performance takeoffs and performance landings in the Airplane Flying Handbook.
Review POH procedures for short and soft-field operations.
Begin becoming familiar with the task's practical test requirements in the Practical Test Standards
Introduce student to varying runway conditions and develop skill during takeoff and landing.
Read the September 1996 AOPA Pilot magazine article Skill Sharpening: A Solo Syllabus
Read the May 10,2002 Training Tips article in the AOPA ePilot Student Newsletter: Making the Most of Your Solo Flights
To increase student proficiency with solo takeoffs and landings
Study Chapter 14 of the Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge.
Read the May 1997 AOPA Pilot article Navigation Necessities
Introduction to use of aircraft's navigation systems
Read the November 7, 2003, Training Tips article in the AOPA ePilot Student Newsletter: Checking that Checkpoint.
Study cruise performance and fuel consumption calculations as given in the performance charts in your Pilot's Operating Handbook.
Review airspace in Chapter 3 of the Aeronautical Information Manual.
Introduction to cross-country flying procedures to include flight planning, pilotage, and dead reckoning; diversion to an alternate airport; and lost procedures
Read "Flying's Forgotten 5 Percent," an article on night flying from the September 2004 AOPA Flight Training available online.
Review ASF Safety Hot Spot: Flying Night VFR.
Introduce the student to the basics of and preparations for flying at night.
Read the January 2001 AOPA Pilot article Into the Heart of Darkness.
Familiarization with the night flying requirements for private pilots in the Federal Aviation Regulations.
Introduce student to basics of navigation at night, and help to prepare the student for solo cross-country flight.
Read the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's Safety Advisor: Do the Right Thing: Decision Making for Pilots.
Read the January 27, 2006 AOPA ePilot Student Newsletter's Training Tips article "Solo Limitations."
Practice obtaining weather briefings and making go/no-go decisions based on the information provided.
Use of previously gained knowledge to complete a solo cross-country flight.
Read Chapter 12, Airport Operations, of the Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge.
Read the June 28, 2002 AOPA ePilot Student Newsletter's Training Tips article Unplanned Diversions.
Review the source materials for which links are given in the article listed above.
Further develop solo cross-country flying skills
Review Practical Test Standards and be sure that maneuvers will be practiced to tolerances equal to or exceeding the requirements, and to become familiar with the flight-testing process.
Use the valuable resources of the AOPA Flight Training Web site's Flight Test Prep page to answer frequently asked questions and sharpen your knowledge.
Determine proficiency level
Verify that aeronautical experience requirements in the federal aviation regulations have been, or will be, met for the desired pilot certificate at the end of the training program.
Review operating speeds for your aircraft, systems information and emergency procedures in the Pilot's Operating handbook.