This is for Ladies (gals, girls women etc.) ages 18 and up. Male significant others should plan to (if will be in town with you) to stay in terminal building, hotel or volunteering as cooks, clean up crew, maintenance crew, or Flight/ground instructors if licensed!
( Younger than 18 will only be considered if accompanying with attending adult such as Mother or aunt etc. No one under the age of 15 will be considered. This is not a" fun flying camp", this is an intensive learning environment with very few entertainment activities available in the area, nor are we staffed to take responsibility of minors during this week. We do however occasionally train these youths during the rest of the year. Please contact us if interested in training outside of the event for anyone including the significant others!)
What is on the Agenda?
Intensive Ground School. We will also address the fears you have! This is the main focus of the day, not only information for the knowledge test, but we will answer questions that will pertain to more in depth knowledge for oral or personal information. We break down into terms you understand even if have to explain in three different ways! We want you to work together as peers to teach and to learn. We will adjust the teaching to meet the needs and goals of those who enroll in the GIFT academy. We will assist each student in understanding basics of flight, the joy, safety, dispel myths and fears, passing the written tests, and/or prepare for an oral and practical test. We will also assist in the understanding of weather, weight and balance, aerodynamics, regulations, air space, GPS, etc. If its applicable to flying ask and we will cover the whys, history and how to. Much of the time will be focused on the knowledge test, oral and practical knowledge as well as real knowledge used in everyday flying. We hope the students will leave the academy with the knowledge and skills to make them better and safer pilots when they return to their home airports. We hope each student will bond with other to develop friendships that will enable them to reach out to one another when in need of someone who understands their experiences. If we have the students, we will split the classrooms into the different certifications like private, instrument or advanced.
There is no charge for the Instructors. ground school or in flight, during this one week event. Cash or Check is preferred for costs incurred, any credit/debit card charges will be charged a convenience fee (we incur a 3.5% fee from the credit card companies so yes we lose money through credit card systems) We are looking into the Vinmo and similar options of taking payment at the event. You will need to reserve your spot with us. Please see our Donations page to purchase your reservation online. We also have an application you can download and mail to us. No reservation will be noted until payment is received. This fee is applies toward your airplane costs, or supplies you purchase through us, including extra T Shirts, or other items we sell. We will refund up until 30 days prior to the event. The fee is non refundable within 30 days of the event. (a refund can still be requested within 30 days of the event, for such as medical events, yours and family, loss of employment, military status changes. employment relocation, etc) Please see our forms above for applications and refunds requests. Associated costs Aircraft - $45 per hour minimum donation (other aircraft may vary in minimum donation) (average paid $450 for 10 hours) Fuel - $4.60 per gallon (this changes often much like the prices do for your car) There is a fuel card you will be required to have (form at airport upon arrival), this allows you to fuel at the self serve pump and pay at the end of your stay, with cash or check. Fuel is discounted thru the self serve card. Books - $55- $100 for books and supplies based on need (optional) Hotel - $99 per night before taxes (most women share a room to lower costs) meals - Lunch is provided at the event. Average cost is $10 a person Please consider your costs of travel, time, and goals. This is only one week and may only fly once or twice a day depending on class size, planes and instructors available.
The Fuel and aircraft payments are separate costs please be prepared to make two payments.
You can plan to spend about $55. on books, plotter, and E6B unless you already have these items (or can borrow them) The book we recommend to prepare for the written is the ASA Private Pilot written test prep ($20). You will also need a log book if you don't already have one. Bring a notebook, sticky notes and highlighter. You may use other books and programs, but class instruction will follow the ASA book when going over questions. Another thing to consider is obtaining your student pilot certificate before arriving. You can start the application online https://iacra.faa.gov/IACRA/Default.aspx then any flight instructor should be able to take a few minutes with you to finish the approval and in about 2 weeks average a license will be sent to you.... A license and medical are required for solo flying along with logbook endorsements....if having trouble contact one of us directly and maybe we can assist you. You can also wait or finish it here also. https://medxpress.faa.gov/medxpress/ also for obtaining a medical application and confirmation number to take to either a local AME doctor or wait and visit our local AME possibly. We can also do the day of a medical visit if have concerns or questions.
We have a block of rooms reserved at the Holiday Inn Express. The GIFT rate is $99. per night. There are usually plenty of ladies who want to share a room. (All the rooms have 2 queen beds) We will share contact information within the class group so individuals can make their own arrangements to share a room. Check out Links under 'where to stay' further down the page. Breakfast is usually at the hotel or on your own. We will provide lunch every day. If you have particular needs (vegetarian, allergies), then plan to bring your own lunch. We will likely have something for everyone but no one learns well if they are hungry. Supper is also on your own. Sometimes several will go out to eat. Some will choose to cook and eat at the airport. We will have crock pots or there is an oven in the little airport house. (The little airport house is reserved for our volunteer instructors). There is a Walmart with a grocery section as well United Grocery store for options plus several fast food and few average restaurants for options.
The ground school focuses on broad knowledge that you will need to be a safe pilot. We will cover the material you will need for the written test but that is not the only focus. The first few days are spent covering the basic topics. The last few days are more likely to be covering or reviewing specific areas for smaller groups. The flying usually starts at daylight and continues as long as the instructors are willing and the weather cooperates. The classroom starts about 8:00am and runs till about 5 or 6 PM. Or until everyone's eyes glaze over. It is usually a very interactive process and the topics may shift with questions that link one topic to another.\ Flight times overlap with the classroom so you will miss an hour or two of classroom everyday. It works out though because one of the other ladies will fill you in on what you missed or you can fill in the gaps with an instructor after regular sessions.
How Do I Enroll?
Visit our contact page (please answer all the questions.) please fill out an application and can be emailed to us. This puts you on our list of possible attendees and payment of the fee confirms your spot. We recommend students who don't have the funds to start training to wait and attend this event at a future date when have saved up enough or have a scholarship. We teach the rest of the year though normal instructor rates and fees will apply. Plus we teach the men too rest of the year! Please include your aviation goals, current training, what you would like to gain from attending tour academy and how long you would like to attend. You may also include if wish or willing to share a hotel with another attendee. Due to overwhelming responses of ladies wishing to join us each year we will be limiting the number to approximate of 40 attendees and based more on your information you give us either thru email or the contact page. previous years attendees will need to show progression or next license to be asked back again. Some exceptions may be made (ie: major illness, pregnancy, etc that has prevented progression during past year.) This is not meant to discourage attendees, but to better the experience for the attendees and enable more to accomplish their end goals.
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Where to Stay?
Vernon, Texas offers several options for lodging.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 700 Hillcrest Drive Vernon, Texas 76384 Phone (940) 552-0200 - They offer discounts for Gift Academy Inc. Hampton Inn 4131 Western Trail Vernon, Texas 76384 Phone 940.552.2100 Budget Host Inn 715 Wilbarger Street Vernon, Texas 76384 Phone 940-552-2531 Days Inn 3110 Frontage Road Hwy 287 Vernon, Texas 76384 Phone (940) 552-9982 Pecan Grove Bed and Breakfast 1904 Houston Street Vernon, Texas 76384 Phone 940.553.3827 Green Tree Inn 3029 Morton Street Vernon, Texas 76384 Phone 940-552-5421 La Fonda Motel 1004 Wilbarger Vernon, Texas 76384 Phone (940) 553-1533 Old Glory RV Park Phone 940.886.8266 Rocking "A" RV Park 3725 Harrison Vernon, Texas 76384 Phone 940-552-2821 For more information on the City of Vernon please visit the Chamber of Commerce website.
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