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Useful Documents

We plan to keep collecting and enlarging our collection of useful documents. Aircraft checklists, procedures and maneuvers, as well as any other information useful to our pilots will appear here.

If you have produced something you feel would be useful to others, or come across a useful document, please email it to us.

Renters' Agreement

The terms and conditions in the Renters' Agreement and any revisions or amendments apply to all training or rentals.

Pilot Certification

The following two documents list every item that has to be logged and/or endorsed before taking any test, or before going solo, for Sport or Private pilot applicants:

Private Pilot Requirements, Logbook Entries and Endorsements (pdf)

Sport Pilot Requirements, Logbook Entries and Endorsements (pdf)

The next document is a memory aid or "cheat sheet" for the commercial pilot maneuvers which you need to become proficient at for the commercial pilot checkride. Note that this applies to Piper Arrow I or II (Hershey bar wing) airplanes only: Commercial Pilot Maneuvers Cheat Sheet (pdf)

What follows must be one of the most useful documents ever produced by the FAA. If you have a question about anything in FAR Part 61 regarding certification, you can probably find it here. Beware it's 2.6MB in size (MS Word format): FAA Part 61 Frequently Asked Questions

Except for Sport Pilot, other pilot certificates require a medical certificate. You will need to make an appointment with an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME).
Click for List of Aviation Medical Examiners in Santa Clara County

Aircraft Checkout / Pre Solo Test / Flight Review test / Etc

Stage Checks (pdf) - Every pilot training for a certificate, rating or endorsement will go through one or more stage check flights with Zdravko Podolski or other designated stage check instructor. This document tells you what you might expect.

Aircraft Review (pdf) - to be completed before student solo or new rental

Multi Engine Checkout - additionally to be completed before solo in twin engine aircraft

Koch Chart - a way to adjust aircraft performance numbers for density altitude if the POH does not help - e.g. SportStar

Student Pilot Pre Solo Test (pdf)- to be completed by student pilot before first solo

Biennial Flight Review Quiz (pdf) - to be completed by pilot requiring a Flight Review.
Click here to see the FAA document on the Flight Review (pdf)

Citabria Checkout (pdf) - the Instructor's and Pilot's guide to the Citabria checkout (can also be used for Champ and Taylorcraft)

Cessna 172 Checkout (pdf) - the Instructor's and Pilot's guide to the C172 checkout

Husky Checkout (pdf) - the Instructor's and Pilot's guide to the Husky A-1B checkout

Radio Communications Primer for Reid Hillview - a memory aid to help you both talk better and know what to expect

Reid Hillview Airport Diagram - Showing most of the important landmarks and location of AeroDynamic Aviation


Aircraft Operation / Checklists / Etc

Personal Minimums Checklist (pdf) - a great go/nogo decision making tool!

Alternator Malfunction Checklist (pdf)



Garmin GNS530W Quick Reference (pdf) on Garmin web site

Garmin GNS530W User Manual (12mb pdf) on Garmin web site - LARGE!


Garmin GNS430W Quick Reference (pdf)

Garmin GNS430W User Manual (10mb pdf) - LARGE!

Garmin GNS430W Training Syllabus


Garmin GTN 650 User Manual (on Garmin Web Site)

Garmin GTN650 Quick Reference Guide

Garmin GTN750 Training Syllabus


Apollo/UPS GX65 GPSCOMM Quick Reference (pdf)

Apollo/UPS GX65 GPSCOMM User Manual (pdf) - large 5mb!


Garmin GPSMAP 296 Quick Reference (pdf)

Garmin GPSMAP 296 User Manual (pdf)


Trig TT21 Transponder User Manual




Weights and Balances (pdf) for all airplanes are here!


Husky A-1B POH (pdf) - 3.6mb

Cessna 172RG POH (pdf) Large - 8mb

Cessna 172P Manual (pdf) Large - 7mb

Cessna 172M Manual (pdf) Large - 4mb


Evektor Sportstar Preflight Checklist (pdf)

Evektor Sportstar Emergency Checklist (pdf)

N712MF - Evektor Sportstar Operation Checklist (pdf)

Evektor Sportstar Max Operating Handbook (pdf) - Large!


Evektor SportStar performance data summary

Evektor SportStar Sport and Private Pilot Maneuvers Guide


Citabria Pre Flight Checklist (pdf)

Citabria 7ECA Operations Checklist (pdf)

SNS Citabria 7KCAB Operations Checklist (pdf)

MRY Citabria 7KCAB Operations Checklist (pdf)

RHV Citabria 7KCAB Operations Checklist (pdf)

Citabria Operating Handbook (pdf) - Very large 9MB


Decathlon 8KCAB Preflight Checklist (pdf)

Decathlon 8KCAB Operations Checklist(pdf)


Champ Preflight Checklist (pdf)

Champ Operations Checklist (pdf)


Cessna 170B Sample Flight Manual (pdf)
(Ok for a standard C170B, but ours has large fuel tanks. Make sure your checkout includes working out a weight and balance)


Flying Skills, Cross country, Miscellaneous / Fun Stuff

Budd Davisson's article on Taming the Taildragger Pilot (pdf, from 1992 Sport Aviation Magazine)

Read the FAA Safety publication Into the Night (900k pdf)

Cross country flight planning outline

Weather information sources, a short primer on in flight weather info.

Come and fly with us in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area of California. Our flight school facilities are located at Reid Hillview airport in San Jose (KRHV), at the south end of San Francisco Bay, and Salinas Municipal Airport in Salinas, a few miles east of Monterey. We offer ground and flight training for sport pilot, private pilot, commercial pilot, instrument rating, CFI (certified flight instructor), tailwheel, acrobatics, and multi engine certificates and ratings.