David H. Hersman
Certified Flight Instructor
Home: (304) 392-2035
Cell and Text: (304) 661-2534
Email: David@EaglesWings.net

Serving the beautiful Greenbrier Valley since 1984


Updated: May 5, 2016

Welcome to the fabulous world of flying. You can begin flying almost immediately. 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 following information early in their training. :)


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.


International Learn to Fly Day. Eagles' Wings has been the local sponsor of this event for several years. It is a gathering of Aviation Enthusiasts and pilots at Hinton-Alderson Airport (WV77), on the third Saturday of May, (21st this year). All pilots, instructors, and other av-nuts are welcome to attend. Bring a cover dish to share if you can. Plenty of food, fun, fellowship, and flying. LIVE clean, country, and gospel music.


. PRIVATE PILOT GROUND SCHOOL - Thursdays - 6 pm, Greenbrier Valley Airport. More details below


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.


David Hersman Piper Cub 1976












PRIVATE PILOT GROUND SCHOOL, We are coming up on our fifth class in our ground school class at Greenbrier Valley Airport.  Classes will be almost every Thursday night through mid-June, 2016. 6 pm - 8:30 pm. Flying is partly KNOWLEDGE, partly SKILL, and partly JUDGMENT. You can acquire the knowledge needed for the FAA knowledge test, and the Private Pilot Practical test, plus develop judgment from the experience of others. Book: $20. Class sessions $20 each, 2.5 hours, of official ground instruction, Licensed Pilots half-price, my former students may attend FREE. Wholesome environment. Get to know other aviation enthusiasts. Refreshments!

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

    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.

Eagles' Wings Ministries - Flight Training, Missionary Service, and Publications

Short final at LWB.      Flight Instruction is available by appointment at Greenbrier Valley Airport (LWB) Lewisburg, West Virginia, and Hinton-Alderson Airport (WV77) at Pence Springs.





Updating Website - January 2016

     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).


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David Hesman certified flight instructor

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!