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Pride L-39 Flight Training
Train With The Best!
At Pride, our goal is to
provide the BEST training possible. We
strive to produce the SAFEST, most KNOWLEDGEABLE and PROFESSIONAL L-39
Simply put, we will NOT
transition our trainees into the L-39 using the "cookie-cutter"
mentality of training. Considering the wide variety of applicants we
encounter, we believe it's just not possible
to train a competent L-39 aviator in 2-3 days or for a set price.
Pride's Flight Training
Program has been recognized by the FAA as "one of the most professional
and comprehensive courses" available for L-39 training. Pride's
FAA-approved flight training syllabus exceeds the new requirements for
an Experimental Aircraft Authorization in the Aero L-39 type aircraft. (On
January 1, 2004, this replaced the previously-issued Letter of
Authorization (LOA) program.) In fact, the Pride Flight Training Program
was the first L-39 syllabus recognized
by the FAA under these new rules and has set the standard for the rest
of the training community.
Pride Flight School
instructors are all ex-military fighter pilots and military Instructor
Pilots (IPs), and are now flying as professional airline pilots and Warbird Instructor Pilots.
All of them have many years of
high-performance jet time and teaching experience. Each Pride training
flight is fully pre-briefed using military-style briefing techniques;
each training maneuver is graded and debriefed afterwards. There is
ample opportunity for discussion and review is provided before and after
Pride Aircraft trains pilots of widely-varied backgrounds and experience levels.
Accordingly, we have developed a dual-track syllabus tailored to two
basic types of trainees:
owners/operators; previous military pilots; and pilots with previous
experience with aerobatics and/or
Pilots whose experience level, personal
preference, and/or our assessment dictates that a lower-G,
lower-maneuvering initial level of training would be appropriate.
Both tracks cover the
basics of flying the aircraft safely: ground operations; maneuvering
flight; flight characteristics exercises; basic G-awareness exercises;
unusual attitude recoveries; steep turns, stalls, slow flight, traffic
patterns (normal and no-flap); simulated flame-out landings; rejected
takeoffs and landings; and emergency/abnormal procedures.
In addition, the Pride
Flight School course is specifically tailored to train the applicant to
a level of proficiency and confidence to ensure passing the Experimental
Aircraft Authorization check ride (now standardized by the FAA for this type
The "A" Track, in addition to the above
items, emphasizes dynamic maneuvering flight (including aerobatics);
extreme nose-high and nose-low recoveries; and advanced G-awareness.
The "B" Track emphasizes cross-country
flight, instrument approaches, flight planning, strange-field
procedures, and cockpit organization.
Both tracks carry the
- Trainee is assumed to
be an active, current pilot with no serious flying-skill deficiencies.
- FAA Private Pilot Land
- Instrument Rating
(required for the Experimental Aircraft Authorization checkride and
rating) and instrument-current.
- 1,000 hours total
- 500 hours
- Current FAA Medical
(3rd Class minimum).
- Flight Review within
the previous 24 months per FAR 61.56.
- Prior Aerobatic
Training (preferred). Aerobatic training is not a mandatory
requirement for a rating in the L-39; however, this aircraft is a
high-performance jet fighter trainer. As such, it is capable of high
roll- and pitch-rates, high G-levels and G-onset rates, and
disorienting attitudes. All trainees, regardless of their training
track, will receive unusual attitude training and G-awareness training
in order to fly the aircraft safely.
- Trainees must provide
and use appropriate personal gear: helmet, boom microphone, Nomex™
flight suit and gloves, knee board(s), and oxygen mask (required for
high-altitude missions; optional for others).
The benefits of training
with us are well-known among our graduates. Our reputation extends
beyond the training you'll receive in the cockpit. Our facilities and
services add immeasurably to the experience:
- Our facilities
include a full-size cockpit-procedure trainer (CPT) and egress
trainer; comfortable briefing areas; large whiteboards and briefing
guides; aircraft models and other teaching tools; a flight-planning
room with full weather access; WiFi internet connection and telephones.
- L-39 maintenance
personnel are available onsite, and we have a large supply of aircraft
spares and parts.
- Whenever possible, each training flight
is launched by an experienced crew chief who assists you as you strap
into the airplane, then monitors the engine start process and provides
marshalling assistance. (If you've never experienced this level of
professionalism, you'll immediately see its benefits when you
experience it firsthand.)
- Rockford Airport is
unique. It is a medium-to-large sized, tower-controlled airport with
very low traffic saturation and a voluntary TRSA radar service. This
means we can get in and out quickly and easily, without waiting for
clearances and being delayed by other traffic. For instrument work, we
have precision and non-precision approaches available. Our tower
personnel are flexible -- they understand our training requirements
and our military-style traffic patterns.
- Training time is
valuable. Our practice areas are less than five minutes away,
minimizing the time and fuel we must spend flying to and from the
airport, thus maximizing your training.
- Several local
airports provide ample opportunity for additional training in a
non-radar, uncontrolled pattern environment.
Pride Aircraft's L-39
Flight Training program is, without a doubt, the best investment you'll
ever make if your goal is to become a safe, proficient, confident L-39
pilot. You will work hard, and you'll learn a lot about the airplane and
about yourself. You'll also have a lot of fun.
Call us today with any
questions you might have, and to find out about training availability.
NOTE: Pride Ground School (PGS) is a mandatory prerequisite for Pride
Flight Training and provides a solid foundation of L-39 systems and
operations knowledge. Please contact us for our current PGS schedule.
For information on
our L-39 Recurrency Training, please click
6028 Cessna Drive,
Rockford, IL 61109
Phone 815-969-7743 / Fax 815-969-7846
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