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What Does It Mean to become a Pilot?

Becoming a pilot is more than just mastering the controls of an aircraft—it's about embracing a legacy of dreamers who've looked skyward with wonder. With every ascent, you don't just defy gravity; you touch the age-old human aspiration to soar, to explore, and to be free. As a pilot, you join a community of trailblazers, each flight a testament to human spirit and tenacity. With Ytsera Air, you're not just learning to fly; you're answering a timeless call, forging a bond with the skies, and discovering a part of yourself that's always yearned to break boundaries and embrace the infinite.

Why Private Pilot Training?

This training serves as the foundation for every aspirational aviator, equipping you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to navigate the vast skies safely and proficiently. Beyond the mechanics, it's about fostering a deeper connection to the world of flight and understanding the responsibilities that come with the pilot's seat. Whether you dream of leisurely exploring Vermont's captivating skies or envision a vibrant career in aviation, the sky isn't just the destination—it's the beginning.

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Private Pilot Training

Structure and Stages

Our training program is meticulously designed to ensure a holistic learning experience, guiding you through every pivotal aspect of aviation.

With Ytsera Air, you will be immersed in the rich tapestry of aviation, every step curated to mold you into a skilled and responsible pilot.

Here's what we will cover in this training.

Training Breakdown

At Ytsera Air, our Private Pilot Training curriculum is crafted to provide a balanced blend of theoretical insights and practical expertise. Delve deep into pivotal aviation topics such as aerodynamics, aircraft systems, navigation, weather interpretation, regulations, and more. On the practical front, experience hands-on flight training, mastering essential maneuvers and techniques under the watchful guidance of our seasoned instructors. The curriculum mandates a specified number of flight hours, ensuring every student gains ample experience in the cockpit. This comprehensive approach ensures that by the end of your training with Ytsera Air, you're not only knowledgeable but also confident and adept at handling real-world flying scenarios.

Private Pilot Training Curriculum

Private Pilot training consists of three areas culminating in a Practical Test: Checkride.

PART 1: Ground Training
Ground School is a 12 week (1 three hour class per week) online or in person, or, an intensive 6 week (2 three hour classes per week) online or in person offered on selective dates throughout the 2024 calendar year. This course prepares students to successfully take their Private Pilot FAA Written Exam required to obtain their Private Pilot Certificate. We cover the following topics and include questions that will appear on the actual exam:

Class 1: Aircraft Systems
Class 2: Aerodynamics
Class 3: Flight Instruments
Class 4: Federal Aviation Regulations
Class 5: Airport Operations and Procedures
Class 6: Weather and Weather Services
Class 7: Aircraft Performance
Class 8: Navigation & Airspace
Class 9: Cross Country Planning
Class 10: Communications
Class 11: Final Review
Class 12: Practice Test & Apply for Student Pilot Certificate & Medical Certificate

Students will have weekly reading, video, and online quiz assignments due prior to the next class. After Week 12, a student must show 2 Practice Exams of 85% or above to receive an endorsement to take the FAA Written Exam at an in person testing site near them. Assistance with registration will be provided while a separate $175 fee will be required for a test-site.

A student must pass the FAA Written Exam with a 70% or better to be considered a passing grade by the FAA.

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Private Pilot Training Curriculum

PART 2: Ground Training

Flight Training minimum requirements are outlined by the FAA. These include 40 hours total time:

  • 20 hours dual instruction received with CFI
  • 10 hours solo time
  • 5 hours solo time cross country (must have medical certificate to solo)
  • 3 hours nighttime flight with CFI
  • 1 night cross country more than 100 nm total distance
  • 10 night take offs and landings
  • 3 hours simulated instrument time with CFI
  • Remaining hours dedicated to practicing maneuvers, landings, and procedures to Airmen Certification Standards.

Most student pilots do not finish in 40 hours. Weather, maintenance, and personal progress can all affect timelines. We allocate students to finish in 55 hours to allow for additional time to prepare students adequately. Any unused hours can be allocated in the future for rental of the aircraft. Any excess hours in addition to the 55, will need to be paid at the end of the lesson. There is no minimum hours to solo, but it is at the discretion of the CFI to endorse a student for soloing.

Flight lessons take place with a weather check-in prior to meeting. Upon meeting at KCDA, a preflight discussion takes place about the lesson for the day and an opportunity to ask questions, review procedures, introduce new material, and perform and observe all available information relevant to the flight that day/night. We will then go to the aircraft and perform a preflight inspection and walk around. Most flights will be 1.1 to 1.5 hours long. Cross Country flights will be significantly longer. Night flights are scheduled around sunset. Following the flight after landing, we will secure the aircraft in the hanger, and reconvene for a post flight debrief. The student will self evaluate, receive evaluation and critique from the instructor, and be graded towards ACS standards. We will review what went well and what needs improvement and move forward with homework and the next lesson. Total reservation times are for 2.5-3 hours per lesson.

Students are charged flight time based on Hobbs (Engine) time plus instructor time. Preflight and Postflight are charged based on hourly instructor rate.

PART 3: Checkride Prep
As a student completes the Written and Aeronautical experience, time will be dedicated to oral examination and flight checks to prepare a student for their Practical Test of obtaining their Private Pilot License. A student will not be signed-off for a checkride until they are ready, and a date can be secured in Burlington with a Designated Pilot Examiner.

An experienced professional pilot who is selected by the FAA as a Designated Pilot Examiner will be the individual who issues pilot licenses. You will travel to Burlington with the airplane and the CFI for a full day of examination. A fee is paid to the examiner and you will answer questions and demonstrate the mental tasks needed for a pilot for several hours. Following a successful oral exam, you will go out to the airplane, and have a two hour flight going through all private pilot maneuvers, take offs, landings, navigation, communications, and procedures. Upon successful completion, you will receive a temporary Private Pilot Certificate and officially be a pilot! You will fly back to KCDA with the instructor as a licensed pilot.

Post-Training Opportunities

With a Private Pilot License from Ytsera Air under your belt, the horizon of aviation unfurls with a plethora of opportunities. Embark on a career as a commercial pilot, chartering flights for businesses or private clients. Delve deeper into specialized training, such as instrument or multi-engine ratings, to expand your skill set. Consider the exhilarating world of aerobatic flying or become a flight instructor, passing on your passion and expertise to the next generation of aviators. Beyond commercial endeavors, immerse yourself in volunteer missions, delivering aid to remote areas or participating in aerial surveys for conservation projects. Your journey with Ytsera Air is just the beginning; the skies beckon with endless possibilities, each one a testament to your dedication and dreams.

Why Should You Fly with Us?

Educational Passion

At Ytsera Air, each flight is more than a journey—it's an educational opportunity that extends beyond the cockpit.

Sustainability and Professionalism

Sustainability and professionalism are integral to how we operate at Ytsera Air. We strive for eco-friendly practices and maintain a professional approach in all our interactions.

Safety First

At Ytsera Air, your safety isn't just a checklist; it's a cornerstone of our brand..When you choose Ytsera Air, you're not just opting for a service; you're choosing peace of mind.

Prerequisites for Private Pilot Training

Age Requirement

Must be at least 17 years old by the time of the final checkride.

Language Proficiency

Ability to read, speak, write, and understand English, as it's the international language of aviation.

Medical Certificate

Obtain at least a third-class medical certificate from an FAA-authorized aviation medical examiner.

Basic Knowledge

While not mandatory, having foundational knowledge of aviation through self-study, online courses, or preliminary Ground School can be beneficial.


A genuine interest in aviation and a commitment to the training duration and requirements.


Valid identification, such as a passport or driver's license, to verify identity and age.

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Are You Ready to Fly?

Investing in your Private Pilot Training with Ytsera Air is more than just a financial commitment; it's a pledge to your dreams, aspirations, and personal growth. Our training isn't just about the mechanics of flight; it's about nurturing aviators who are skilled, responsible, and deeply connected to the world of aviation. As you contemplate this transformative journey, know that the value you receive transcends the skies, shaping not just a pilot, but an individual ready to embrace boundless horizons.

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Private Pilot Training in Lyndonville, Vermont.

  • Foundation for Advanced Aviation
  • 60 flight hours
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