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Student Pilot Tools and Resources: American Airman - Long Island Flying
As you begin your flight training, you will soon become aware that there is a great deal of new information that you will need to master in order to become a competent pilot.

We have tried to organize the information on this page in a timeline that replicates the overall flight training process.

Step 1: Get Familiar with Your Airplane and Airport!
Every flight lesson is in the airplane. The sooner you are able to find your way around the cockpit, the more productive you lessons will be!
Checklists - be sure to study your pre-flight checklists and in-flight checklists
How to do a Pre-flight Inspection - Cessna 172 - This will help you remember how to perform a thorough pre-flight check.
    You can also download a PDF guide with color pictures, explaining in more detail what you are inspecting!
Islip Airport Diagram - Know your local airport runway's and taxiways!
Radio Stack - You can have a close up look at each component in each plane and become familiar with how to operate them. The quicker you can find the information inside the plane that you need, the easier it will be to control the aircraft! Be sure to use this in conjunction with your VFR Communications Manual.
www.liveatc.net - List live to Air Traffic Control on your computer, tablet or phone! You may even hear your instructor!

In addition to our specially designed training syllabus, we have developed quite a few other in-house manuals that we are very proud of! The following are available FREE only to enrolled students! They are specifically geared towards our training aircraft and for flying out of Long Island MacArthur airport! Be sure to get your copy from your flight instructor... they will greatly help you throughout your flight training.

VFR Communications Manual
- Communicating on the radio can often be very intimidating for a student pilot! This manual will guide you through the process, and explain the when, the why, and the what to expect of radio communications.

Maneuvers Manual - The FAA has clearly established a set a maneuvers and tasks that must be performed in order to pass your Flight Check and earn your Pilot Certificate. We have prepared a step-by-step guide of these procedures and detailed descriptions of how to most efficiently practice them. Study this, and you will ace your check ride in no time!

Pre-solo Written Exam - Prior to solo flight, everyone must complete a pre-solo written exam. Ours not only covers the basics that every pilot should know, but also incorporates many aspects specific to our training aircraft and our home airport! After you have completed this exam, you will have the knowledge needed to safely solo the airplane!

Obviously, you don't need to know everything on your first day, but having an outline of what is to come helps to prevent your training from becoming overwhelming!

Step 2: More Advanced Lessons
- Situational Awareness!
Moving beyond straight and level and working on landings!
C172N Traffic Pattern - This should be committed to memory! You must know every step and be able to draw it out in order to be able to do it in the plane!
C172N Pilot's Operation Handbook (1.56MB) - A solid understanding of your aircraft and its systems is required prior to your first solo!
Traffic Pattern Entries - This tool will help new pilots visualize how to enter the traffic pattern when you return to your home airport as well as when you go to other local airports.
If you haven't already gotten a copy of the pre-solo exam, get one!

Step 3: Moving on to Navigation and Flight Planning
Moving beyond straight and level and working on landings!
American Airman Navigation Log (pdf 19 kb) - We have developed our own Navigation Log.
Chapter 5 of your POH - PERFORMANCE - will become very important during this phase of your training!
Chapter 6 of your POH - Weight & Balance - will become very important during this phase of your training!
   Weight & Balance information - N1560E (pdf 256 kb)
   Weight & Balance information - N734QZ (pdf 256 kb)
   Weight & Balance information - N733YT (pdf 256 kb)
Links to Important Flight Planning Websites:
   AirNav.com - Airport Information, Fuel Prices, IFR Approach Plates, etc.
   TFRs - Check for Temporary Flight Restrictions
(d-CS) online - The A/FD (old green book) is now called Digital - Chart Supplement (d-CS)
Links to Aviation Weather sites:
   Weather Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) -
   Local Area TAFs
   Local Area Radar
   Local Area NEXRAD Radar
   Weather.com - 10-day forecast for central Long Island


Aviation Books and Manuals we use in our Flight Training Syllabus:
There are many Free Aviation Books available for download on our site. They work in conjunction with our Flight Training Syllabus!

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   Chief Pilot
   American Airman, Inc. - Long Island Flying
   Phone: 631-807-1373