Flying the Plane


Flight Training is what is most often associated with learning to fly. And let's face it. Flying is what is fun and makes all the bookwork worth it. Some people do the bookwork and studying before they begin Flight Training and show up at the airport having already passed their FAA Knowledge Tests. This might be a mistake because it tends to make drudgery out of Ground School, not to mention that at least some Flight Training during the Ground School phase helps immensely with the bookwork.


Flight Training is usually broken down in several phases:


1) Pre-solo

2) Solo

3) Cross-Country Preparation

4) Cross-Country, and

5) FAA Practical Test Preparation


But there are many reasons that these phases may overlap. For instance, weather, unexpected absences and difficulty of the student grasping the building blocks of the previous phase.


Do you remember learning to ride a bicycle? It's sometimes a frustrating experience. But it's well worth it! Think of the hours and hours, and years and years of enjoyment once the coordination is mastered.


Flight Training is somewhat like a grown-up learning to ride a unicycle. It looks simple. But once the contraption is mounted it seems like it's impossible. However once you put your mind to it, it slowly falls apart. Sometimes progress can be seen, sometimes progress slows. And sometimes progress seems to digress. Then just when totally frustrated, you might rush ahead in your improvement. But you are not alone. Your Flight Instructor feels much the same emotions as you do as you go through the process. He or she wants you to succeed quickly.


The time it takes to go form one phase of the Flight Training to another is impossible to say. Your improvement at first may be slow or even fast. You may have trouble with one phase of your Flight Training only to catch on quickly in the next phase. And you may slip a bit. But it will come together.


One thing seems to be certain however. The more frequent you fly, and the more you devote into the learning process during your Flight Training, the less total time it takes to develop the confidence and skill needed to pass the FAA Practical Test. Some people can learn to fly by flying twice a month and going without thinking about flying for several weeks at a time. But people like this are rare.


The person who sets aside an adequate amount of time and takes an active role in his or her learning process is the person who completes Flight Training ahead of schedule.


The most important thing that you can do to assure that in each flight lesson you learn as much as you can in the shortest period of time, is to come to each flight lesson ready to learn and cleansed of the normal day to day pressures of life.


© SilverPilot 2014