How to Start Free Online Pilot Training with FAA Safety.gov

Are you interested obtaining a pilot license? If so, you can develop skills, acquire knowledge, and schedule flight instruction using FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) Safety classes. These are free and will help you complete ground school and flight training quickly, getting you into the air with a minimum of fuss and expense.

Steps

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    Go to the FAA Safety website.
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    Login where it says Welcome Guest in the box near the top right.
    • Account creation is required to enroll in the free classes and later schedule flight instruction.
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    Create an account.
    Click on Create an Account under New to FAASafety.gov?.
    • On the first screen, you will need to enter a current email address and confirm that you entered the address correctly, then click the appropriate radio button next to Do You Hold a Current Airman Certificate?, then click Continue.
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    • On the second screen, you will enter:
      • Name and Display Name (the name that will show when you are logged in to the FAAA Safety site)
      • Zip Code – Click the radio button if you do not have one or are using an APO or FPO zip code.
      • Additionally, you will select and answer three Security Questions and click Continue.
    • A third screen will appear, confirming that this part of the process is complete.
    • You will be emailed a temporary password.
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    Check for an email from FAASafety.gov. Use the temporary password the next time you login. At that time, you will need to select a different password and set your preferences for the FAASafety site.
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    Return to the FAA Safety website. Logon with your email address and the temporary password, then click Go. A screen will pop up requesting that you change and confirm the password for this site.
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    Enter and confirm a new password, then click Change Password.
    Once successful, a password changed confirmation screen will pop up.
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    Click click here to access Pilots - Account Preferences. The screen will contain the following tabs:
    • General
    • Email & Password
    • WINGS Profile
    • Certificates & Ratings
    • Airman Registry
    • Seminar Preferences
    • Other
    • Close My Account
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    Complete as many of the Account Preferences as you wish. You can always return later to refine your choices.
    • For each tab, remember to click Save at the bottom of the screen.
    • You will then have the option to go to the FAASafety home page or to select another Preferences Tab.
    • Once you are satisfied with the preferences you have selected, you are ready to start a class.
    • Click here at the bottom of the page and you will go back to the FAA Safety home page.
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    Start by enrolling in a course. Select your choice from the list of available courses accessed from the View Catalog link at the bottom right of the Featured Courses block (left, top block). For the most value, pick the "Wings Credit courses," from the "Wings Courses (Courses for Pilots!) Show Wings Courses" catalog.
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    Monitor your progress. As you finish courses, go to the FAASafety home page and click My WINGS under the PILOTS tab (center). You will be able to see your progress if it has been recorded. If your course did not say "Wings Credit" on it, you will not see it added there.

Tips

  • This training furthers aviation safety and classes are free of charge.
  • There is a wealth of information available on the FAASafety website. Be sure to take advantage of the resources, but don't get bogged down by them either. You have plenty of time to prepare for your leap into the air.

Warnings

  • Don't try to go too fast. Just take it slowly, course by course, and master the material in each course before proceeding.
  • If you're not a pilot now, don't use "Quick Wings" that is for pilots. Instead use "My Wings".
  • Flight training will still have to be scheduled with an FAA approved flight instructor. The FAA will give you a list of qualified flight instructors in your area, or you can go to your local airport and talk to them about starting your flight training.

The flight training is not free.

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