Working with the Challenges of Flight Training
You’ve been staring at the sky too long and have finally decided to take the leap into flight training. It’s been a dream of yours and you know that now is the time to engage but some questions may arise. “What’s the process and how do I start? How much is it going to cost? What if the time requirement becomes difficult to maintain?”
These questions are quite common and the journey to becoming an airman or airwoman may sometimes present challenges. We’ll guide you through a few of them here and provide you with a better understanding of how to manage them so you can obtain that coveted private pilot certificate!
Learning New Skills on the Fly
A discovery flight is usually the first introduction into your flight training, testing the waters, so to speak.
From that initial flight up until you fly solo, your instructor will have you perform certain procedures and you may not know why you are doing them.
However, after some time you’ll understand how they lay a foundation for the rest of your training. You may be in a hurry to practice landings in preparation for those solo flights but first, you must lay a foundation. This is a crucial step during the initial hours of flight training.
Example terms to look out for:
A power-on stall: is to simulate what happens if you have too steep of a climb on takeoff
S-turns: that’s supposed to get you thinking about the wind and its effect on your airplane in flight
Steep Turns: even if you have no intention of making dramatic turns during a normal flight, you’ll need to be able to prevent your airspeed or altitude from getting out of control, should the occasion arise
Some students tend to get held up on these initial maneuvers (including landings) and it’s easy to become discouraged. It’s okay to have uncertainty but remember that everything in training has a purpose. Perseverance is key, so if you focus on practicing, you will get to that first solo!