Student pilots enter the industry with dreams of soaring.
They’re quickly met with an overwhelming study routine. 8 out of 10 students will drop out before completing their flight training.
It makes sense why the demand is so high. There’s zero room for error.
In this post, we’re sharing five helpful tips to power through the tough training regiment. Use them to make training effective and memorable, whether you’re flying for a career or just for fun.
1. Use Online Training to Get Ahead
Pilot training programs use set regiments to educate. This means learning in stages so each concept is built on the previous.
But what if you wanted to double down on the education and/or get ahead? An online flight training guide let students explore topics at their pace.
A student’s excitement for a subject tends to improve retention. This access to information is readily available online through blogs, courses, and videos.
2. Find a Mentor
The teacher/student relationship is professional. Teachers will educate and help when they can but their work is a business.
A mentor, on the other hand, will share tips freely because it’s their passion. They know the challenge student pilots go through.
A mentor with decades of experience will reveal tons of info you won’t learn from books. These mentors will also keep you motivated when the program gets tough.
#3: Get a Briefing
Get into the routine of asking for the following:
- Weather reports
- Notices to Airmen
Weather will play a crucial role whether you’ll take flight. Don’t risk flying if you’re feeling intimidated by the weather. There’s always another day.
Likewise, mark notices to prevent the unexpected like restrictions or closures. Check a flight tracker app to get an idea of who’s up in the skies. Then, make your best judgment if you decide to join them.
#4: Do FAA and PRA Practice Tests
There are several companies offering practice FAA and PRA tests for student pilots. Most use sample questions not found in updated versions.
But these tests will provide a great idea of what you’d expect with the real thing. They’ll also help with:
- Learning weak points
- Gaining expert feedback
- Improving your charting
You can take these at your leisure and as many times as you want.
#5: Practice the “Old School” Stuff
What happens if your electronics go dark while in the air? Are you prepared to fly without your trusty electronic GPS? It can happen.
Practice these crucial navigation skills:
- Using a compass
- Reading topography
- Geospecific lingo
It’s like learning outdoor survival, except you’re in the air. Your knowledge may prove valuable–even life-saving–for yourself or another pilot having trouble.
Stick With It, Student Pilots!
Becoming a pilot has been your dream. The tough, often nerve-wracking, training? It’s putting a hamper to reaching goals.
But stick with it! Use the tips provided in this article to get an edge on your education. Find a mentor from those willing to share. Practice whenever you can.
Do so and you’ll join the ranks of many, incredible aviators before you.
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