LY772 From Israel, joined Aug 2001, 1340 posts, RR: 2 Posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2377 times:
In March 2002 I am going to start learning to fly cessnas and I don't know what to expect. At about 400 shekels an hour, I want to be able to get everything out of every lesson. What should I expect on my first lesson? The 400 shekels an hour is only when we fly, but when we are on the ground, it is a lot less so maybe I will stay on the ground for a while and learn every control. Any advice for me? I really am nervous. BTW, I plan, by the end of the summer to fly a cessna to TLV and back. Maybe take some pics of LY planes as I land. Anyways, I am really excited but could use a few words of advice.
SQ325 From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 1441 posts, RR: 7 Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2351 times:
In my first lesson I tried to get the feeling for the reaction the aircraft had regarding to the manouvers.
I tried to fly turns without losing altitude, that sounds crazy but is not that easy! You learn how to use all rudders.
Landing and take will be executed by the instructor but basicly the first hour is to take any fear away from you!
You'll love your first session.
YBG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2294 times:
Well, I guess you made your inscription to a flying school where you'll have a real course frame with practice & theory. No need to worry about your first hour, and all the other subsequent ones really. Like SQ325 said, your introduction flight consists in giving you a first contact with the plane and make you discover the feel of the airplane. Your flight instructor will monitor your progress and performance and nobody will let you (or anybody) go solo or else if they don't feel you're ready.
BTW as a coincidence, I just did my first solo a few hours ago. And sorry to deceive you FlightSimFreak but we're both a bit some kind slow learner since I did it as well after 20ish hours and the standard is about 15 hours usually . And I also took it off and (almost) landed it at the first hour. Must say, due to the kind of job I have, I can't follow a regular course, so I have to do the theory on my own with my books and fly when I can, which can be sometimes months apart between two sessions. But what counts anyway is how good, and especially how safe you are when it's time to pass your licence . As my instructor told me, many slow learners become eventually the best pilots as they tend to be more carefull, more assessive and more cool head persons.
So don't worry and enjoy it the most you can. You won't regret it.
Skyguy11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2250 times:
I would get a poster of the plane's cockpit you'll be flying in and look it over if you really want to learn the controls and insturments. Also, get the POH now and look it over and mabey buy a few avation books to keep you interested and learning. RELAX!!! Why are you nervous now if the lesson isn't until March!?! Most of all, just try to enjoy it and not get caught up in the fast pace of it all. Have fun!
Qwerty882 From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 8 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2249 times:
Fly more MS flight simulator to get the instrument scan out of the way. Practise flying while carrying out your checks. Try to memorise the procedures and checks so that you wont be bothered by them while trying to absorb what the instructor is trying to teach you.
AWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2241 times:
Stay away from tall buildings.
Seriously, though.... Everything said thus far will be helpful. Above all - Relax. However, if you're still too nervous on your first flight, (i declined control) ...don't worry, you'll probably do better on your next... although, 400 dollars in any language is a lot of money, so you definitly want to get the most for your money.