The most efficient, and safest way to pursue and complete your flight training is to dedicate regular time to your flight lessons and ground study. Failure to do so will increase the number of hours necessary to complete your training and thereby increase your cost.
Students who fly regularly increase their competency and their confidence at a faster rate. They also complete there training sooner, and therefore closer to the estimated training cost.
We’ve provided you with just a few proven techniques to assist you in gaining the most from your flight training experience.
Schedule flight lessons for 2 – 3 times per week on a regular basis until completed.
It is important to have a consistent training schedule. Regular lessons will increase your retention, which in turn increases your competency, which then increases your confidence. The longer you take between lessons, the more likely you are to spend additional time reviewing past lessons and thereby increasing your training hours and cost.
Be prepared for your lessons – complete your ground study and come prepared with a list of any questions or areas of uncertainty. This will minimize pre and post-flight briefing times with your instructor. One key to your success is how you prepare for your lessons. Preparation can, and should, be in two forms: mental preparation, and visualization.
You can, and should spend some time visualizing procedures and maneuvers on the ground, and you can do it wherever you are. You can sit in the cockpit or in you car, it doesn’t matter. Mentally working through what you have learned will make a big difference when it’s time to apply it in the cockpit. In this way you can avoid the distractions associated with actually flying and stay focus on the procedure you are trying to learn.
Mental preparation is basically getting you, the pilot, ready to fly. Be sure you’ve had plenty of rest the night before. Fatigue is guaranteed to minimize your retention level, not to mention the safety factor. Second, don’t arrive for your lesson with the world’s problems on your shoulders. For you to make the most of your training experience, you need to be alert, motivated, and ready to learn. If it’s been a bad day for you emotionally, you should consider rescheduling your lesson for another day. Review your aircraft checklist, and maneuvers procedures regularly.
To be a safe and skillful pilot, you must be able to stay ahead of the airplane and handle aircraft tasks and procedures quickly and with confidence. One way to accomplish this is to become very familiar with the aircraft you’ll be flying. Before piloting an airplane, it is important to master the aircraft checklist and procedures. Do this using the Pilot Owners Manual or the Pilot Operating Handbook for the aircraft you’ll be flying. In addition, see if your flight school will allow you access to the aircraft when it’s not scheduled, so you can spend some time getting familiar with the cockpit and practice procedures while on the ground.