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Your Guide To Obtaining A Student Pilot Certificate

4 March 2024   Pilots

Do you want to earn a student pilot certificate and live in the area of Monmouth and surrounding counties, NJ? Monmouth Jet Center, based at Monmouth Executive Airport (IATA: BLM, ICAO: KBLM, FAA LID: BLM), has just what you need. We have a highly reputable flight school at the airport, offering private and student pilot training and certification. 

Monmouth is a privately owned, public-use airport conveniently located outside congested “Class B” airspace, but only an hour’s drive from the center of Manhattan. We share our guide to obtaining student pilot certification.    

What to Expect in Pilot Ground School  

Pilot ground school provides students with the theoretical tools and knowledge they require before continuing to flight school and starting flying lessons. You learn about an aircraft’s performance, systems, and factors affecting its flight. Subjects include the weather, aircraft instruments and systems, aircraft weight, balance, performance and aerodynamics. You will also become familiar with airport operations and runway diagrams. 

Are you concerned about finding the right pilot school? The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says, “Do not make the mistake of making your determination based on financial concerns alone. The quality of training you receive is very important.” They suggest you talk with students, instructors, and management of the school you are interested in before making a final decision. 

The Components of Student Pilot Training  

Student pilot training is the next step, where you finally start taking flying lessons with an instructor. You don’t need a student pilot certificate to take flying lessons, but you must have it to fly solo. To get this certificate the FAA requires you to be at least 16 years old, and you muct be able to read, speak, and understand English. You also need a medical certificate, which you receive after an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) examines you. 

Once you fulfill these requirements, you receive a set amount of in-flight training from an instructor. It includes flight training for certain maneuvers and procedures, demonstrated safety and flight preparation procedures, and flight proficiency. All this must be demonstrated and properly logged before the instructor can endorse you and you receive the student pilot certificate.

Why You Need to Pass Your Pilot Medical Exams  

Safety is always a pilot’s first, second, and third consideration. To obtain a student or pilot certificate, you must pass the pilot medical exams set out in the Airman Medical Standards and Certification Procedures, FAR Part 67. An FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) performs the examination, and the purpose is to ensure you don’t have medical conditions that disqualify you from flying. 

Selecting the Right License for Your Pilot Certificate  

What type of pilot license are you interested in? The FAA highlights the following licenses (certificates):

Student pilot license. You can fly solo after appropriate instructor endorsements.  

Recreational pilot certificate. The holder of this certificate can fly specific categories and classes of aircraft.

Private pilot certificate. You can carry passengers and use the airplane for business purposes (limited use).

Commercial pilot certificate. The holder can conduct operations for hire and compensation. 

Airline transport pilot certificate. You can fly as a captain in some air transport operations. 

You can also earn a sport pilot certificate, with limitations on the type of aircraft you can pilot, and you are only allowed to fly during daytime up to a specific height.  

Are you ready to start at the Monmouth Executive Airport flight school? We look forward to seeing you at the Monmouth Jet Center FBO after one of your student pilot certificate lessons. Contact us today!