Here is a brief outline of the professional flight training we provide. Please contact us for more information and a personalized consultation in order to meet your specific goals!
Private Pilot Certificate: This is the first pilot certificate level. Training for the private pilot certificate will commence your aviation aspirations! You’ll learn the basics of aviation—aerodynamics, airspace, takeoffs, landings & soaring techniques to name a few. It’s an exciting journey that the seldom few embark on. But for those that do, they never regret it! In addition to flight training, there is a lot of bookwork involved (after all, you are learning to fly). Once you complete our training course, you will take a written, oral and flight test with an FAA designated examiner. Our owner, Yuko Matsumoto, is able to conduct these tests (otherwise known as “checkrides”), and can offer valuable guidance along the way! The FAA requires a minimum of 10 hours total time (2 hours solo) and 10 solo flights for this certificate. If you already have logged some flight time in an airplane or helicopter,the minimums go down!
Commercial Pilot Certificate: If you want to get paid for your flight services, the FAA requires that you hold a commercial pilot certificate. To upgrade your private pilot certificate to the commercial level, more training is involved. You will learn how to more accurately control the glider and handle more challenging situations. Again, our owner Yuko Matsumoto is able to conduct your final checkride. The FAA requires a minimum of 25 hours in gliders along with 100 glider flights (private pilot time may be used towards this).
Flight Instructor Certificate: In order to provide flight training to other student pilots, a flight instructor certificate is required. Throughout this course, you will learn the fundamentals of instructing, as well as how to teach everything you already know. As a flight instructor applicant, you will master every aspect of the glider as well as aviation knowledge. Effective communication in the learning process is emphasized. This certificate takes a minimum of 15 hours as pilot in command (PIC) to achieve.
Additional Glider Rating: If you already have a pilot certificate, adding a glider rating is easy! Our specialized course on additional ratings will focus on the issues specific to gliders the local area. We offer flight training for the additional glider rating to the private, commercial or flight instructor certificate. Minimum hours vary. Please contact us for more information.
Flight Review (previously BFR): As required by FAR 61.56, every 24 calendar months a pilot must obtain a flight review. If your pilot certificate contains a glider rating, we can do this review in our Grob 103! At Hawaii Glider School, our flight review consists of a minimum of 3 flights with 1 hour of ground instruction.
Spin Training: All pilot certificates require the training in spin awareness & recovery, but the FAA does not require actual spin training in the air. Hence, most pilots have never actually spun an aircraft—only learned about them on the ground. We offer spin training that involves ground & flight training. Learning & experiencing what an aircraft does prior to, during, and recovering from a spin is invaluable experience.
Flight Proficiency Check: If you have only flown in “trainer” gliders, it may be time to broaden your horizons. Our high performance Grob 103 “Twin II Acro” will open your eyes to the capabilities of high-end gliders. Dillingham Airfield is the perfect place to practice crosswind takeoffs and landings. If the conditions are safe, a couple simulated rope breaks might be in the mix!
Rental Check Out: If youalready hold a glider pilot certificate, we welcome you to rent our Grob 103 high performance glider after a brief checkout with one of our flight instructors. This rental checkout consists of a minimum of 3 flights and 1 hour of ground instruction.
Useful Flight Training Links
FAA.GOV Certification FAR61
FAA Practical Test Standards (PTS)
Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs)
FAA’s Glider Flying Handbook
Condor – Flight Simulator
FAA Written Test Prep
AOPA Rental Insurance