New Flight Student Information

Getting started on your pilot's license is easy - just follow the step-by-step guide below. For more information about learning to fly and the whole process, see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

Step-by-Step Guide to Get Started

These are designed as an easy-to-follow guide for getting started. If you have any questions don't hesitate to call, email, or text.

  1. Watch Aviation 101, FREE online introduction to aviation produced by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University -
  2. Decide on which plane to fly in - See the FAQ page  for some additional guidance on choosing the best aircraft for you.
  3. Schedule a discovery flight if you're completely new to aviation or small aircraft, OR sign up for an account on Lavion Aero's flight scheduler - Flight Circle, and schedule a lesson with an available instructor.
  4. Read, sign, and return the Lavion Aero rental & training agreement. Visit this page for instructions on how to download and upload files from/to Flight Circle.
  5. Procure a ground training course. We recommend the Sporty's Private Pilot Learn to Fly Course and we give you a $50 credit on your account if you purchase the course through us. Just email or call for more information.
  6. Get a flight physical - this does NOT have to be done before you start flying.
    1. Fill out the medical application at the FAA MedExpress Site - Click HERE for instructions on how to fill it out.
    2. Schedule the physical with an AME. Some of the closest FAA Airmen Medical Examiners (AMEs) to Z98 are:
Dr. Mark Schultz
5923 Byron Rd (in the FBO at the airport!)
Zeeland, MI
Dr. Mark Ivey
17357 Van Wagner Rd, Ste. 2
Spring Lake, MI 49456
Flight physicals only on Mondays & Wednesdays 9-5. Excellent for pre-physical consulting on complex conditions.

Dr. Dale Terpstra
Executive Air Transport, Hangar 2
107 Sinclair Dr.
Muskegon, MI 49441

 Eventually you'll need to purchase non-owned aircraft insurance, but not before you solo. See this page for more details and an easy link to purchase.

If you're looking to finance your flight training, here are some possible sources for pilot training financing: