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Endorsement Programs

Tailwheel Endorsement 
 The tailwheel rating was developed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) due to increased accident rates in airplanes that are equipped with a tail wheel instead of a nose wheel.  A tailwheel equipped aircraft such as the Piper Super Cub or the Cessna 180 will handle differently on the ground because the tail of the aircraft wants exchange positions with the nose. Though the aircraft will handle normally in the air, regardless of the position of the wheels, the ground handling characteristics are quite different. This can be characterized by loading up a grocery cart well above the sides then turning it around and running down the isle with it.  Chances are good that there will be a crash.

Artic's Air Academy has developed teaching methods and standards that allow you to fully understand and handle these odd characteristics so you can operate a tail wheeled aircraft with precision and safety .
As a result of the increased liability to both the Academy and the Student, we require Renters Insurance for dual and solo flight training and rental.
Use the following link to puchase renters Insurance "on-line":
Below is the criteria that allows for two (2) options of coverage:
 flight   Complex Endorsement  
 Previously, the Complex and High-performance (sign-off) ratings were accomplished together allowing a pilot to fly aircraft that had over a 200hp engine, retractable gear and a controllable propeller. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) changed that regulation so these are currently two (2) separate and distinct ratings.  

 The Complex rating allows you to fly aircraft that have a controllable propeller and retractable gear and is not limited to horsepower.
An amphibious aircraft or a retractable ski aircraft qualify because of the gear configuration change. This rating is given by your instructor through an endorsement in your logbook which qualifies you to fly these aircraft. Generally speaking two to five (2-5) hours of flight time with an instructor will ensure you are safe to fly these types of aircraft.  Remember, the aircraft can have less than 200hp.   

The High-Performance rating allows you to fly aircraft that have greater than 200hp(201hp on up).  This includes complex airplanes like Bonanzas, experimental's like nitrous,supercharged Super-cubs knock offs or RV's.  It also includes fixed gear aircraft that have over 200hp like the 182 or the 185. This rating takes a instructor to endorse your logbook.  Like the complex rating, generally two to five (2-5) hours with an instructor, on average will yield this endorsement.  

Artic's Air Academy utilizes aircraft that meet these fit both these aircraft.  We use a Beech Sierra for the complex endorsement and a Cessna 182 for the High-Performance endorsement.  Both are easy to schedule and fun to fly.  Our instructors have extensive experience in these aircraft and can make the experience productive and safe
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Artic's Air Academy utilizes aircraft that meet both of these requirements. We currently use a Beechcraft (Beech) Sierra for the complex endorsement and a Cessna 182 for the High-Performance endorsement.  Both are easily scheduled and fun to fly. Our instructors have extensive experience in all of our aircraft and will make the experience both productive and safe for you.
Ski Rating
Though a non-existant mandated Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rating, it is encouraged that any pilot with aspirations of winter flying obtain this "sign off" from a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI).
The Academy instructors can generally have your prepared for this "sign off" in as few as five (5) hours time if you have previous "tail wheel" experience.
If you don't hold a "tail wheel sign off", the two (2) disciplines can be instructed simultaneously and generally have you prepared in as few as twelve (12) hours time.
The instruction entails soft field landings, powder, lake and ice landings and emergency operations pertaining to winter flying with ski equipped aircraft.
These "sign offs" are well worth the time in assuring your comfort level and skill sets for this application.
Float Rating
This rating is obtained in the same fashion as your Private Pilot License, in that the applicant must possess the same knowledge and skill set requirements for the Private Pilot License, in addition to a "check ride" administered by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight examiner.
The Academy program will ensure you are a secure, comfortable and well rounded float pilot, able to perfrom these skills safely and efficiently in what we feel is the most enjoyable rating.
The syllabus for training includes sailing, docking, beaching and appropriate "tie off" skills.