#2 Getting started in flight training

This episode is all about getting started in flight training.

Obtaining a pilots license is “as hard as it will be, perhaps more, hopefully less”, however the the more committed you are to learning to fly, the easier everything will fall into place.

Here are some points mentioned in the show:

  • PPL(A) will cost on average around $15,000 (AUD)
  • 50 to 70 hours of that will be actual in-flight training
  • Theory is a major component of learning to fly and will take up most of your time
  • Groundschool is a good alternative for people who prefer classroom style learning over self-study
  • Learning to fly may be difficult and financially heavy but it will be a memorable experience
  • Take a TIF (Trial Instruction Flight) with a school (or a number of schools) before committing to the type of aircraft you wish to learn in or the school you choose
  • If you have any reservation about not being able to pass a decent medical, spend the money and go see a DAME (Designated Aviation Medical Examiner)
  • Ensure you have the funds available to at least complete the first 20 hours of training in the first few weeks to enhance your training experience and help retain the new skills
  • Don’t always choose the cheapest school and preferably stay away from the schools that promise you a PPL for a fixed cost, usually their goal is to get you in and out the door as quick as possible
  • Regularity in training is critical to progressing
  • Get a feel for different schools by talking to the students already attending
  • Take responsibility for your learning!
  • Current Pilots: Take a flight review every year or try for a new endorsement!

What is airmanship?

Airmanship is an integral part of competency in aviation and is defined as the combination of knowledge, skills and attitude required to operate an aircraft in all foreseeable situations. Situational awareness is a key to this.

Being situationally aware means to be see the big picture, at all times, by continually collecting and judging information, from sources inside and outside the cockpit. In flight a pilot has to be several minutes ahead of the aircraft, not several seconds behind it, in order to perceive what’s going on and be able to impose sound judgement on every change, from a minor distraction to a major in-flight emergency.

Most studies of aircraft accidents or incidents reveal that is wasn’t a single cause but a series of related events or actions that were allowed to progress without intervention which then lead to the unplanned termination of the flight.
Quote for the episode:
A U.S. Navy pilot once wrote “In aviation you very rarely get your head bitten off by a tiger – you usually get nibbled to death by ducks”

Keep punching holes in the sky,
Geoff.

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