Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some commonly asked questions by the students prior to registration of Pray Aviation’s flight training programs.
I have absolutely zero flight experience and aviation knowledge. Am I suitable for Pray’s accelerated training?
Our training is specially customised for everyone from the complete beginner off the street to the hotshot maverick from the military. Each flight course duration has been thoughtfully planned out to cater for student ability, weather, instructor and aircraft availability. All we need is your total dedication.
Yes! There are many ways to help prepare you for your course. If your course requires a written exam, start studying and work to complete this prior to beginning flight training, or be ready to take the exam as soon as possible. You will have plenty of other things to learn while at our facility for training, it is much easier if studying for a tough written exam is not one of them.
We will email you study guides for your course along with the Pilot Operating Handbook for the aircraft. These items are also available to download from our website under useful links. Try and commit that to memory. Other items you need to bring/complete are listed below.
- Airman Medical Cert
- Pilot/Student Pilot License
- Government Issued ID
- Passport or Birth Certificate
- All Logbooks
- Written Exam(s) (If applicable)
- Headset (not required if you are signed up for a flight package)
No, once you have secured your training slot, we take care of the rest for you. This includes your written exams, fingerprinting appointments, and scheduling your check ride. The only thing you need to book will be your accommodation and settle your transportation if you chose not to stay on-site with us. Should you require any additional assistance while you are here, please don’t hesitate to ask. We will do our best to accommodate in any way possible to enhance your training experience.
I am an international student. What is the pre-administration required to enter the US and begin flight training?
If you are a citizen from a country that is under the Visa Waiver Program, you will need to have an authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Otherwise, you will have to apply for a B-2 Visa from the US Embassy in your home country. Next, you will need to seek approval from the Transport Security Administration (TSA) to receive flight training in the US under the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP). You will also need to apply for your student pilot license from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under the Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA). Last but not least, you will need to obtain your Airman Medical Certificate. Once you have all these, you are all set to make your way over. This whole process will take about 8 weeks.
Attire is up to the individual. We suggest planning for the season. It gets very hot during our summer months and can be below freezing during the winter months. We encourage you to dress casually with non-offensive clothing. Closed toed shoes are mandatory.
Yes! The city of Andover is just down the road with dozens of options. If you fancy something nicer, then Wichita is a mere 15 minutes away.
Please arrive at our facility at 9 AM with all the required items. After arrival we will check you in, make copies of required documents, collect payment, get you set up in our online scheduling, go through your logbooks with a flight instructor assigned to you and thereafter begin with ground school. Study ahead of time as much as possible so there won’t be any time wasted getting you started!
For RSAF/International Students, upon arriving at Pray Aviation, you will need to obtain your fingerprint approval from Flight Safety. We will coordinate an appointment to do so beforehand. Afterwards, you will head back to our facility in Augusta where we will check you in, collect payment, and begin your training.
Once your information is entered into our online flying schedule, you will receive the flying schedule daily after 3pm. You should expect to fly everyday with your primary assigned instructor or receive ground school classes.
Many of our courses have a check ride within the first week, so please come to training prepared. Failure to come prepared or have the applicable written exams completed (except for RSAF students) may result in a delay in your training spot.
Duration of all courses offered at Pray Aviation are contingent upon pilot proficiency, weather and maintenance delays, and examiner availability. Our schedule tends to fill rather quickly so be sure to book well in advance!
I have a rotorcraft license and want my fixed wing private, what do I need in order to get this rating?
Our course is broken down into as little as 7 days to help you get your wings fast. Per the FAR’s, you need a minimum of 19 flight hours to be eligible to take the PVT exam (9 DUAL, 10 SOLO). These hour requirements are broken down further in FAR 61.109. Our course is designed for up to 30 hours to ensure completion. For military pilots with no fixed wing experience, your military medical will suffice for this requirement. Be ready to learn, fly, and most importantly, have FUN!
Yes! Our menu of flight courses only lists out our most popular courses. If you are looking for other types of training, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will try to accommodate your request.
At this moment, due to insurance regulations, we are only able to instruct in our company aircraft.
Yes! We have many courses in place to get you your transition quickly. From Private to ATP, we have a Rotary Transition Program and we guarantee your training completion in 10 weeks. Click here for more info.
Yes! If your flight physical is current and valid, it will suffice for the medical requirement.
Yes! Please print out or bring a paper/electronic logbook so the examiner can validate the hours required under the Federal Aviation Regulations for your exam.
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