Hello, so I have been in a couple lessons already and I have a question for real pilots. Do you guys have any tips for me when I go fly? I’ll be getting my licesnse very soon as I am starting classes in the next week. Anything I should know before going out into?
Congrats on starting your training! I’m going through training as well. Does your flight school offer a ground school? That’s an excellent course you can take to get professional lessons on communications, VFR minimums, aircraft requirements, cross country planning and the like. My other piece of advice is to stay consistent as best you can. With my busy schedule, I’m guilty of this all the time. Try to fly as often as you can. Staying proficient at the controls is essential!
My experience as a learner on the Cessna 152 was I had a tendency to over compensate and under trim.
If it’s bumpy, don’t fight the bumps, it’ll settle down naturally.
Trim your aircraft every so often and it keeps things nice and smooth!
Overall, flying isn’t hard at all - getting the landings sorted may take a few hours in the pattern, but once you’ve mastered it, it’s like riding a bicycle - you find it easy after a while.
Biggest thing is to ensure you have an instructor you gel with - if you do, things are easy. If you don’t then find another.
Good job! Btw its spelled “Lesson” instead of “Lession” :)
Lol, just saw that thanks.
Flight training is expensive, so minimize your costs by really focusing on your school. Eat, sleep, breathe aviation until you’re finished. If you have to pay for extra instruction time to learn material you’ll be spending more than you need to. Each examination check ride costs money as well, so study extremely well so you can do things right the first time.
I’m also a student pilot. My instructor once told me “if you don’t like the ground school you shouldn’t be a pilot”. Remember, you don’t have to be a pilot.
Now, a few tips.
- Trim is your best friend, but you need to learn not to over trim.
- Don’t fight the controls! If your nose dips down then just slowly raise the nose. Don’t jerk it up.
- Of you are ever uncomfortable tell your instructor. They are there to help you and not to pressure you.
- Relax. The plane “there” for you. Don’t worry about overshooting turns, or dipping sharply. GA aircraft are designed for easy flight. Don’t grip the controls to tightly. I’ve had many scenarios where I have 1 finger on the controls correcting for the wind if necessary
- Don’t worry how you look. If you feel comfortable with your right hand on the yoke and left hand on the throttle, do that! Whatever you, the pilot feels comfortable to handle the aircraft with is what you should do.
- Don’t be embarrassed to do certain things. For example, in my DA20 the seats are made for tall people 😂. I’m not exactly tall (5’4’’. Ikr 😝) so I sit on a blanket and rest my back on a pillow so I can see over the dash. But, it allows me to fly comfortably knowing I can see.
- Instead of going into the lesson smart, go in stupid. Act like you know less than you do. Rather be safe than sorry😅.
That’s all my not very wise mind can come up with now. Few free to contact me if you need any help or have any questions. 👍
One of the most important things in my opinion is not to overreact to turbulence or wind. The worst thing you can do it slam the nose up just because a little bump pushed it down. This then results in you losing control.
That’s true. If you have to sit on cushions or pillows do it. Don’t be embarrassed about it. I’m 5’6" and I have to have have a pillow for my C172 and a 2 cushions for the Maule. Just what makes you comfy
I have a question. When in flight school and your are just building up hours, do I have to pay for fuel and other expenses or does the school do that. I haven’t started that yet. I’m only 16 but starting soon. Can’t wait 😋😋
Depends on the school. Make sure you check with them before putting any money down.
Okey. Thanks for the information.
The two schools that I have nearby include the cost of fuel in the instruction fee, you can easily verify that with your facility. On the other hand If you were to rent an aircraft from either of my local facilities they come “dry”, or in other words you’re responsible for buying the fuel.
Thanks for the information. :)
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