5 Steps to Planning Your Private Pilot Training
'You make students dreams come true' a student said to me on a flight last week. I guess over the years I have thought about that but not in that specific way. The student's comments really made me happy and made me think of my life purpose .
I have instructed students from all walks of life over the years . From the rich business person to the student who saves every extra dime they have to get their pilot license, All of them have had the same goal to become a safe confident pilot and do it on a budget.
1: Plan Your Private Pilot Training Before You Start: This is probably the most important thing to do before you start spending any money on flight training . Every aspect of your your private pilot training should be planned out in detail so you can be as cost effective as possible.
2: Choose Your Instructor carefully: Choosing the right flight instructor is one of the most Important items that should be in your private pilot training checklist. There are many of flight instructors out there at many of different flight training facilities. You want to remember this is someone you are going to be sitting next to in an airplane for the next few months. The choice you make in the person who is going to train you is very important.
3: A Simple Airplane for Your Training: Many pilot training schools will be promoting the fanciest plane they have. Your Brain will need to be convinced that you are not driving a car, flying an airplane is totally different and you will need to understand that. You are now in three dimensions and many things like landings are completely opposite of driving a car. With that said you don't want to spend all of your flight training time learning the complex navigation systems. Learn to fly first, then worry about the complex systems after you have a few hundred hours under your belt.
I have had many meetings in the local community about the low time pilot accident rates and have come to the conclusion that it is because of the lack of focus on the basics and more focus on advanced systems. All planes fly the same once you know how to fly and have a few hundred hours under your belt; your brain will be able to tell the difference between driving a car and flying an airplane.
4: Study Ground Material along with Every Flying Lesson: I see this all the time, Many flight training instructors will start students off without giving them any study guides or handouts.This will indicate to you that you have a bad flight instructor . When you first meet your flight instructor, you should be given a syllabus for your private pilot training . In order to get a practical approach to your pilot training , you should have homework integrated into your private pilot training .
5: Fly Consistently: As far as saving money this is one of the most important factors. In order to master the needed skills for your private pilot license , make sure you fly at a steady pace. Not being consistent will cost you extra money since you will be needing extra lessons . At rates of over $150 per hour this will add up. In order to stay up to speed with your private pilot training , make sure you fly at least 2-4 times per week. Flying consistently will help you lower your total cost of your private pilot training and you will also be a moresafe and proficient pilot.
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