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.
The terms and conditions in the Renters' Agreement and any revisions or amendments apply to all training or rentals.
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:
The next two documents are also useful for the aspiring Sport Pilot since the maneuvers are the same for Private and Sport licenses.
Citabria Private Pilot Maneuvers Summary - a description of all the steps in carrying out each maneuvers required for the Private Pilot practical test in a Citabria.
Cessna 172 Private Pilot Maneuvers Summary - a description of all the steps in carrying out each maneuvers required for the Private Pilot practical test in a Cessna 172 (work in progress)
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
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.
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
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!
Cessna 172RG POH On line - WARNING, this was posted by a third party for convenience, check it for accuracy before relying on it!
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)
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.