SOUTHPACIFIC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 800 times:
Like many of you guys here, I've wanted to fly for a long time. I remember when I was just a little kid I used to watch the big jets come into the airport and onder what it'd be like to fly.
I've often dreamed of what it'd be like to soar above the clouds into a starry night sky, to look at the world below and marvel at the incredible beauty of a world many never get to see.
Now, finally, I'm going to realise that dream. My parents have just decided to help me get started by getting a loan for 500 dollars, and starting my flight school!
I'm hoping to start by the time fall comes around, maybe a little later.
I've already got 50 bucks saved up for my discovery flight. And I've already worked out my schedule, I hope to be flying at least three days a week, taking my lessons from beginning until I get a Private license. Then maybe I'll go for an instrument rating before I move to California to go to college. In college I'll get academy training all the way up to a commercial license, plus internship with Continental Express or American Eagle.
I don't know if you've heard of it but I'm looking at Sierra Academy.
Anyone have any advise for me?
What's it like to fly a light aircraft, is it very difficult?
I would like to ask pilots what their flight training was like, what can I expect you think?
Macair SAAB From Australia, joined May 1999, 335 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 763 times:
Probably the one thing that has made my flying easier is knowing the theory.
I began flying in January '99 at a little flying school. They basicly put me in a plane and showed my how it was done. I found the flying part easy, but understanding everying was really hard.
In July this year I began an 18 month course where I will get my Commercial licence, Instrument rating and Airline licence theory. The first thing they made us do on the course was theory. We sat down for 4 weeks and never even came close to a real aeroplane. After the weeks were over and we had passed the exams, we then got to start 5 weeks of flying. I found that because I had done the theory, I understood what the aircraft was doing, why it was doing it, and how it did it. This made all the practical flying easier, and enabled myself and the others on the course get through the flying quicker, saving us money.
Trevor Thom, the man who writes the thoery books I use, puts a little quote in his book. This quote is "Good, clear knowlege minimizes flight training hours". I can't think of anything more true.