Your familiarization flight, or what we refer to as your “fam flight” is your first chance to actually take control of an aircraft!
You will start by following along as your instructor does the preflight inspection and pre-takeoff checklists. Then, from the pilot’s seat, you will enjoy the pilot’s eye view of takeoff (or even perform the take-off yourself), monitoring all radio communications through your radio headset.
Just after takeoff, your instructor will let you take control of the aircraft. With guidance from your instructor, you alone will fly the plane for a 30-minute local flight, an experience you will always remember! When you return to the airport, your instructor will once again take control of the aircraft, bringing you in for a gentle landing.
After your fam flight, you and your instructor will discuss the flight and any questions you may have. Beyond just being the thrill of a lifetime, your flight will help you decide if flight training is for you. If it is, you’ll want to obtain a logbook and record your first 30-minute flight towards your pilot license!