So you’ve decided that you want to earn your pilot’s license? That’s great. There’s just one problem: how do you do it? In this post, we’re going to look at the three key tips you need to get your pilot’s license.
1. Write Down Your Questions – And Ask Them
Flight training is a complicated subject. Not only do pilots have to learn the principles of flight, but they also have to know how aircraft work. That means that there is a lot of information that new pilots have to take on board.
It’s almost a given, therefore, that you’ll have lots of questions on the subject. But too many budding pilots shy away from asking questions. And this means that they aren’t getting the most out of their training course.
The best advice is to write down your questions when problems arise and then ask an instructor for the answers. Coming prepared with a series of questions helps focus the discussion and address the issues that you haven’t yet mastered. Ultimately, having the answers you need will make you a more confident and competent pilot.
2. Choose Your Instructor Wisely
Different instructors have different styles, so it’s important that you choose the instructor who is right for you. Some people will need an empathetic instructor who can be patient and understand their concerns and fears. Others will need an instructor who is direct and straight to the point. Still others will want a person who can motivate them to succeed and guide them through the technicalities.
It’s best to do a bit of research on any prospective instructors before you start flying. Ask colleagues or alumni what their experience of different trainers was like. Then, based on this information, think about which type of instructor would be the right choice for you.
Most people are happy with the schools that they join. But always remember, you don’t have to stick with a trainer you don’t like. There’s nothing to stop you from moving on if you feel your needs are not being met.
3. Do Private Study & Prep
As we’ve already discussed, learning to be a pilot is a challenging endeavour. Pilots need to learn about the control surfaces on their aircraft. They need to understand how the engine and the propeller work. They have to know how to use and understand the avionics instruments. And they need to understand the principles of aerodynamics. And in additional to all of that, they have to know what all of the buttons in the cockpit do while an aircraft is in flight.
All of this means that trainee pilots spend a lot of time with their heads in books and you should too. Doing your own private prep will better prepare you for the training sessions. And if you’re better prepared for the training sessions, you’ll ultimately get more out of them.
Training to be a pilot isn’t something that is inherently straightforward. But it is something that almost anybody can achieve, with the right attitude and advice. If you work hard, ask questions and find the right school, you’re on the road to success.