ETL Aviation New Student Guide

This guide provides information for new students at ETL Aviation.  This includes information such as obtaining a medical certificate, obtaining an airport security badge and more.  

For a student that would like to become a professional helicopter pilot, the training progression is below.

Within each rating there are training requirements, a knowledge test, and a practical test or checkride.  If a pilot already has an equivalent rating in a different category/class, the knowledge test may not be required. 

Most pilot certificates require the pilot to pass a knowledge test. These test are mandated by the FAA but are administered through a designated testing company, PSI.

FAA Knowledge Tests are scheduled through the following link:


All pilot certificates are going to require a practical test. The Practical Test Standards are designed to evaluate competency in both knowledge and skill. The appropriate PTS shall be used by FAA inspectors and designated pilot examiners when conducting pilot practical tests. Applicants should be familiar with PTS and refer to these standards during their training.

Prior to taking a checkride, review the practical test standards. Although the test standards do not change frequently, they can be updated from time to time. The current standards are available on the FAA’s website at:


A new student must obtain a student pilot certificate before a solo flight can be accomplished. Student certificate are obtained via the Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA)

IACRA is the web-based certification/rating application that guides the user through the FAA’s airman application process. IACRA helps ensure applicants meet regulatory and policy requirements through the use of extensive data validation. It also uses electronic signatures to protect the information’s integrity, eliminates paper forms, and prints temporary certificates.

The IACRA website is https://iacra.faa.gov/IACRA/Default.aspx

Apply for you student pilot certificate with your primary flight instructor.

The badging for unescorted access to the airport requires two appointments at the airport operations.  These appointments are outline below. 


First Appointment:  Submit Application and Fingerprinting

Your signed application is required along with two forms of unexpired identification (a driver’s license and social security card are recommended.). Other forms are included the attached document.


Second Appointment:  Badge Training and Issuing

This step is completed after Airport Operations has confirmed your background checks have been verified.  This training takes about one hour, and your badge will be issued.  


Schedule appointments here: 



If you have any questions, contact Airport Operations at 859.425.3112

In order to ensure safe flying, the FAA mandates that pilots be medically fit.  There are three levels of medical certificates, depending on the pilot’s duties.  These level are 1st Class, 2nd Class, and 3rd Class.  Before a student pilot can solo, they must have at least a 3rd class medical certificate.   If you plan on flying commercially, it is best to obtain a 1st or 2nd class medical as this would confirm that you meet such standards when you plan on exercising the privileges of a commercial pilot.  

Medical certificates are issued by specifically designed Aviation Medical Examiner (AME).  The FAA maintains a listing of AMEs at https://www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator/

Prior to your appointment with the AME, you will need to submit a medical questionnaire via the FAA MedExpress website at https://medxpress.faa.gov/medxpress/

The standards for medical certification are contained in 14 CFR part 67. The requirements for obtaining medical certification are contained in 14 CFR part 61.