Basics of Aviation

Basics of Aviation


NOTE:  When you have reviewed the information for Lesson 1 please contact an administrator to obtain an access code for the exam.  This code will also give you access to the exams for the remainder of the lessons.  You can re-take the test if needed but you will be given only one attempt per test initially - additional attempts can be added if required BUT if you do not pass after three tries your next attempt cannot be earlier than one week after the third attempt AND you must first discuss the subject matter with a sim flight instructor prior to re-taking the test.

When you are ready to take the first test contact an administrator or flight instructor to obtain a registration code.  Once you have the code go to the Elite PremAir Test Site by clicking here - Test Site Link.  This link will give you access to all three tests in this group but you should take the test only after you are confident you have an understanding of material in the associated lesson.

Pilots who fly for the Elite PremAir Virtual Airline can find the flight hours awarded for completion of this course and the rank minimum rank that it applies to (those above that rank can also get flight hour credit) on the Pilot Ranks and Requirements page.

In this lesson you will gain a fundamental understanding of how an airplane flies and how it is controlled.  You will learn the basic physics of flying, control surface function and how altitude and atmospheric conditions influence aircraft performance,  You will also learn the basics of what determines aircraft performance limits and aerodynamic stall.

This lesson will cover the basic aircraft instruments (conventional "steam gauges" only, more advanced instrument systems will be covered later).  You will learn the function of the primary instruments and how to interpret them.

This lesson puts the principles learned from the first two lessons in the Aviation Basics course together along with fundamental rules of VFR flight with a focus on how to properly perform a standard pattern approach.  This lesson also provides an introduction into communication at non-towered airports.

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