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  • Alisha Sweeney

How to become a student pilot.

Updated: Jan 3


  1. Research.

    1. Talk to pilots, join local aviation clubs or Facebook groups, message student pilots or flight instructors for advice, and research online. There are many tools to help you find the best flight academy. If you are feeling overwhelmed or confused, use your resources. Our students and instructors have random prospective pilots DM them through their social media accounts asking for advice. We get it - you want real opinions, multiple perspectives, and this is a solid way to find this. Once you start making movement and taking action, the rest follows.

  2. Discovery Flight.

    1. Discovery Flights, sometimes referred to as introductory flights, are 30 minutes of ground instruction and 30 minutes of hands-on flight instruction. These flights give you the opportunity to experience what a lesson is like. And, to ensure you like the feel of the aircraft, school, etc.

  3. Review Program Options.

    1. We are a Part 141 flight academy with a career focused approach.

      1. Ask for the pros/cons of each program. We offer a helicopter degree program with Treasure Valley Community College (TVCC) and our non-degree Professional PIlot Programs (airplane and helicopter). Our Director of Admissions and admin crew can assist you in finding the best program for you and your lifestyle.

    2. If you are looking to become a recreational pilot, you may want to focus on Part 61 programs. These are typically more casual and slower paced, allowing you to receive your license in the leisurely way you want.

  4. Medical Certificate.

    1. As a student pilot you are required to pass a FAA Medical Exam. This is a physical exam performed by an authorized FAA Medical Examiner. You can find a list of Idaho examiners we are familiar with here.

  5. Obtain Funding.

    1. Silverhawk is one of the few flight schools offering Sallie Mae loans to qualified students. Other options are Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Pilot Finance Inc. There are numerous aviation scholarships available. The best way to track which ones are open is to subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

  6. Apply for Admission.

    1. If you're ready to apply for admission, please complete our application by contacting our Director of Admissions.


Your time is now. We wish you the best and remind you to enjoy the journey!





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Preston Slater
Preston Slater
Jan 02

The admissions director is yet to answer me. I'm trying to pay my application fee but she wont answer.

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alisha606
Jan 04
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Hi Preston, she has sent three emails to you. Perhaps we have the incorrect contact information. If you didn't receive these emails, please call us and we can confirm your info. Thanks!

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