David H. Hersman
Certified Flight Instructor
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Updated: August 24, 2016
FIRST SOLO: Patrick Pastrana has a big smile on his face after his first solo flight August 4, 2016, at Greenbrier Valley Airport. Patrick is 19 years old, and an excellent student. He was doing an internship at United Technologies Corporation near Union. He has finished that, and is now back in North Carolina.
BIG NEWS: Third Class Medical reform for Pilots was signed into law July 15, as part of the FAA Reauthorization Bill. The FAA has up to one year to write certain changes into the Regulations. Many licensed pilots will not have to keep travelling great distances, and fighting their way through the bureaucracy to maintain their flying privileges. New pilots will have to obtain a Third Class Medical Certificate at least once, but will not have to return to an Aviation Medical Examiner every two (or five) years. Instead, he will get a general checkup every four years from his "family doctor" and take certain online courses pertaining to aero-medical safety. Pilots who have held a medical certificate any time within the 10 years preceding the signing of this law, will not be required to get another one. The newer regulations will apply to them. Certain medical conditions will still be disqualifying of course. These changes DO NOT apply to Commercial Pilot operations (flying for hire), but will probably be a big boost to General Aviation, which translates to a boost to local economies.
Welcome to the fabulous world of flying. You can begin flying almost immediately. Other than to verify your US citizenship (Driver's License and Birth Certificate or valid US Passport), you do NOT need any formal paperwork to begin taking lessons, and actually flying the airplane with your instructor, but you do need a couple pieces BEFORE you solo. So student pilots should consider the IACRA information below early in their training. :)
6,000 HOURS! I am pictured with my flight student Patrick Pastrana after his lesson completed my 6,000th hour of flight time, June 20, 2016. The other picture is over Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia earlier in the day. Let's go FLYING! More pictures on Facebook: David H. Hersman.
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One of my flight students, Harry Humphreys, and I participated in the Annual Prayer Flights over our state Capitols. Because of the weather we couldn't do it on the International Day of Prayer, but a couple weeks later. The goal is to call attention to America's Christian Heritage, and seek God's mercy, guidance, and restoration to this great Land.
This is the State Capitol of West Virginia at Charleston. Also included is a picture of Harry and I at the Yeager Airport (CRW) Charleston.
IACRA: INTEGRATED AIRMEN CERTIFICATION AND RATING APPLICATION is your online connection with the FAA, the Federal Aviation Administration. For several years applicants for practical tests have been using this path to submit applications online. Now even STUDENT PILOTS must make application through the FAA IACRA website for their STUDENT PILOT CERTIFICATE. Certain information, verification of age, citizenship, etc. have to be submitted by your flight instructor or flight examiner. Then the FAA will send you your certificate by postal mail. Click here to go to the IACRA website where you will first register, and submit your application.
Both you and some other verifying offical (probably your instructor) will have to submit electronic signature. It is not a hard or confusing process. You must have your Student Pilot Certificate as well as a Third Class Medical Certificate BEFORE you solo.
In April I celebrated the 40th anniversary of my first flight in a small airplane. I flew this 1946 Piper Cub with a retired flight instructor, Tate Mauzy. Click on the HISTORY button above for more information on the History of Eagles' Wings.
ATTENTION, NEW STUDENT PILOTS: On April 1, new regulations went into effect regarding student pilot certificates. You no londer get your STUDENT PILOT CERTIFICATE from your Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). Before you solo, you still must have a Third Class Medical Certificate, but the Student Pilot Certificate is now obtained through an online application at www.faa.gov/pilots/become/student_cert/ You must have BOTH before you solo! It would be good NOW to be taking steps toward getting your Student Pilot Certificate. Unless you know or suspect a medical deficiency, you may wait until closer to your projected solo date before going to an AME for your Third Class Medical Certificate. If you get it months early, you will not get as much service from it before it expires.
Eagles' Wings Flight Training is an affiliate of Eagles' Wings Ministries, the aviation oriented educational ministry of David and Crystal Hersman, based at Clintonville, West Virginia, USA, and associated with Eagles' Wings Christian Academy in Papua New Guinea, and Liberty Christian School in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Our daughter and her husband are currently opening a new affiliate school, Mercy Wings Christian Academy in Goroka. We have many other associates in Papua New Guinea.
We have been on the Internet at this same URL since 1997 - quite a long time by Web standards. I am currently making a complete upgrade of the site. The Internet is going through changes, becoming more cloud based, so it is difficult to find good software which actually installs right in your computer, and doesn't cost a big monthly fee to use it. I am upgrading my own skills, and more info is coming soon.
They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31).
EDUCATION - Learn to Fly!
A Private Pilot's License looks good on any resume.
Welcome to the wonderful world of flying!
My name is David Hersman. I learned to fly right here in the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia, soloed in 1977 at Greenbrier Valley Airport. Since 1984, I have given over 4700 hours of instruction. I have had the privilege of training young people who soloed on their 16th birthday, as well as older folks who just wanted to fulfill a life-long dream. I hope I will soon be sharing the sky with you! This web site is designed to help provide you with a lot of free information about flying, inform you about how FUN it is, and inspire you to get started.
You'll love flying!