Airmanship Program

Through Edwards’ Airmanship Program engineers can get practical experience in the flight environment and begin work toward a private pilot’s license. Training is provided at no cost and flights are conducted on base at the Aero Club, where you will fly general aviation aircraft with certified instructors.

Program Summary

Local Area Orientation Flight
You will complete a local area orientation, flown by a certified pilot, to increase your knowledge of Edwards AFB, its facilities and complexes, and its airfield operations. The orientation flight lasts approximately one hour. Before the flight, you will receive a briefing from your orientation flight pilot.

Private Pilot Ground School
The objective is to increase your practical knowledge of aerodynamics, airfield operations, navigation, weather, and physiology. Private Pilot Ground School is a multi-media, self-taught, computer-based curriculum completed over 10 weeks.

Test Demonstration Flight 
The objective of this flight, flown by your instructor, is to provide you with in-flight experience regarding the execution of typical avionics and flight dynamics tests. (The Local Area Orientation Flight must be completed prior to this test demonstration flight.)

FAA Instrument Ground School 
In Ground School, you will further increase your practical knowledge of airmanship relative to avionics systems and flight with an emphasis on instrument conditions. (FAA Private Pilot Ground School or the FAA Private Pilot Airman Knowledge Test must be passed prior to this training.) Instrument Ground School is a multi-media, self-taught, computer-based curriculum completed over 12 weeks.

FAA Pre-Solo Flight Training

The objective is to increase your knowledge of the cockpit environment and pilot workload. You will learn how to apply knowledge gained in FAA Private Pilot Ground School. (FAA Private Pilot Ground School must be completed prior to this flight training.) Your Pre-Solo Flight Training will be conducted at the Edwards Aero Club and will be taught by FAA certified flight instructors. The curriculum consists of approximately five flights (four day flights and one night flight), which you will complete over a three-month period.

Flight 1 Objectives: Become familiar with the training airplane and its systems. Learn about certificates, documents, and checklists. Understand how to conduct the necessary preflight activities. Learn about the functions of the flight controls, and how they are used to maintain specific attitudes. Gain an understanding of preflight preparation and procedures.

Flight 2 Objectives: Review preflight activities, ground operations, and attitude control during basic maneuvers using visual references. Emphasize correct procedures for air and ground operations.

Flight 3 Objectives: Review airspeed control during basic maneuvers and traffic pattern operations. Introduce stalls from various flight attitudes to increase understanding of airplane control during normal and critical flight conditions. Introduce attitude control by instrument references. Emphasize proper execution of the basic maneuvers and procedures learned so far. Introduce hand-held data recording on a kneeboard such as airspeed, altitude and engine RPM during basic maneuvers.

 Flight 4 Objectives: Develop ability to recognize and recover from stalls. Introduce secondary, accelerated maneuver, crossed-controlled, and elevator trim stalls. Introduce emergency procedures and practice hand-held data recording during advanced maneuvers. Emphasize correct procedures for steep turns, slow flight, stalls and stall recovery.

Flight 5 (Night) Objectives: Introduce the special operational considerations associated with night flying. Stress the importance of instrument references for maintaining attitude. Emphasize the physiological factors and additional planning associated with the night environment.