The High School to Flight School program is built to help scholarship students earn their private pilot license in a safe, efficient way. Each student’s timeline will vary, but every student must meet certain requirements to maintain their scholarship.


Flight Medical

After you’re selected for a HSFS scholarship, but before you begin flying, you’ll need to schedule and pass a flight physical. HSFS will recommend an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME).


Flight Training

Once you begin flying, you’ll need to:

  • Log a minimum of 5 hours of flight time per month.

  • After logging 25 hours, pass the written test with a 70% before continuing flight lessons.

  • Pass your PPL check ride within 50 flight hours. If you need to go over 50 hours, HSFS will require two hours of community service for every one hour of flight time past that point.


Community Service

The volunteer hours you work earn you the hours you fly. To keep up with your training, you must:

  • Complete one hour of community service for every one hour of flight time. You’ll need to keep those hours logged and send updates monthly.


Volunteer Hours, Mentor Meetings, and Additional Program Steps

Flight training and volunteering is the focus, but there are a few other requirements aimed at making you a more well-rounded pilot. As a HSFS scholarship student you must also:

  • Meet with your HSFS mentor at least three times during your flight training (as you start flight lessons, before you take the written test, and after your check ride). Your mentor is there to track your progress, but also to help with anything you need while you’re in flight school. More meetups are always welcome.

  • Attend the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering in early May 2019. This is a good opportunity to learn more about flying, see what’s new in the world of aviation, and meet fellow pilots.

  • Take a solo flight to the Birchwood Airport for a tour of Airframes Alaska. Here you’ll get to learn about the R&D/engineering side of aviation, what it takes to own and maintain an airplane, and what opportunities there are to work in the aviation industry.