PPLME Training Timeline
In addition to the written test, and oral examination, students will begin their training on Day 1 with a 30-minute brief from their instructor and 2 hours in the flight simulator. They’ll be introduced to the Piper Seminole aircraft they’ll be flying as well as the covered maneuvers, procedures, and checklist flows. Day 2 will also involve a 30-minute brief and 2 hours in the SIM, allowing students to further familiarize and refine their maneuvers, procedures, and checklist flows with inclusion of a 1-hour brief in case they need to discuss any of the specifics in more detail.
On their third day of training, students will have two 1.5 hour flights that may run back to back preceded by a brief from their instructor. During these flights, the pilot will apply what they learned in the simulator working to become proficient with the maneuvers. Day 4 consists of an hour-long brief with an instructor, discussing visual meteorological conditions (VMC), single-engine minimal controllable airspeed and aerodynamics to expand their learning followed by an hour in the simulator practicing emergency procedures.
Continuing to Day 5, students will have a 30-minute brief with their instructor, preparing for the 1.5-hour flight in which they will practice emergency procedures in the aircraft. Training is continued with another hour-long brief discussing the changes and impacts to aerodynamics and performance when only a single engine is working.
As they approach the date of their checkride, students will work to solidify their proficiency on day 6 with a total of 3 hours in the plane across two flights, concentrating on mastering their maneuvers and emergency procedures.
Safety is critical to AeroGuard and should be to every student, which is why Day 7 is a required rest day. Students will need to get some much-needed rest after an intense week of training, but they can allow themselves to use this time to do any studying at home they may feel is necessary. The most important thing is getting their body and mind right for the big checkride that is to come in the next two days.
Assuming the student has fully dedicated themselves to their course studies and has been able to follow the timeline set for them, Day 8 will be the last chance for the student to prepare for their checkride. First, the student will have a brief with their instructor to ensure that IACRA is complete and that all endorsements have been met, cover any knowledge based items the instructor deems necessary, and ensure the student is ready for the checkride. Secondly, the student will complete their final evaluation flight before getting a final sign off for their checkride the following day. This final evaluation will include a 1-hour brief testing the students’ knowledge and a 1.8-hour flight to test their flying skills.
Once the student effectively completes their final evaluation with a separate AeroGuard instructor, they’re ready for their checkride with the DPE on Day 9!
With determination, skill and a structured, fast-pace curricular, students can become a PPLME-rated pilot through AeroGuard in just 9 days!