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Starting Training For My PPL :-)  
User currently offlineOlympic A-340 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 780 posts, RR: 10
Posted (12 years 3 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1305 times:

Hello all....After years (yes years) of anticipation, I am now a registered flight student at Ari Ben Aviator in S. Florida  Smile/happy/getting dizzy...I was just wondering, does anyone have any advice for me before I start my training? I am REALLY excited!

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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1300 times:

Don't fly down to Cuba.


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineSetjet From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1293 times:

Get your written quickly. Actually you can buy my used DVD Learning Software for just $289. Just kidding, I am going to sell it elsewhere.  Big thumbs up

Best advice: Try to enjoy every single lesson and you will learn quickly and have more fun earlier!


User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1293 times:

Have the best relationship with your instructor as you can. Go beyond what you "need" to know as far as book work goes. Another page worth of knowledge never hurt anybody. Nor did another book, another FAR read, another weather chart studied, or another question asked.


Other than all that, just have FUN! Thats what flying is all about.


User currently offlineRadarbeam From Canada, joined Mar 2002, 1310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1269 times:

Way to go Olympic! I remember when I started on my PPL, it was awesome and now after over a year and a half of flying I still enjoy every flight i make. Just follow flyF15 advise and you'll be fine.

Radarbeam


User currently offlineAA717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1265 times:

Don't take yourself or anyone else too seriously.TC


FL450, M.85
User currently offlineIllini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1258 times:

READ. I've always tried to absorb as much information about flying as I could; you never know when that little bit of information might just save your butt.

At this point, go out right now and buy (and READ) a copy of Stick and Rudder. The terms and language are a little antiquated (it was written circa 1946) but airplanes still fly the same.

But above all, listen to what your instructor has to say. As much as some of us sound like we know what we're talking about, the problem with the internet is, unless you know something about the subject to begin with, it is often difficult to tell which info is BS, and what is good.

That goes for me too, take what I say with a grain of salt too, you don't know who I am or what my experience level is for sure either. That being said-

- There are two real meathods to study for the "written" (now called the knowlage test). Study your brains out, learn everything you can, memorize the Airplane Flying Handbook, Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowlage, Aviation Weather, Aviation Weather Services, every book you can find about flying, and just cram like hell, then go take the test. You will still get some wrong because some of the FAA's answers are wrong too, they just won't admit it. OR- go buy a Gleim book, go over the question bank a few times, take a few practice writtens, and generally, memorize the test. It's multiple guess format, and you only need a 70% to pass.

- Get that out of the way, so you can prepare for your practical. This is where you'll need to know WTF you're talking about, as a competent DE will be able to see through you BS.

All of that is way off in the future though. For now, go to the airport, study, fly, listen to your instructor, and most importantly, HAVE FUN. That's why we're doing this in the first place!

- Mike



Happy contrails - I support B747Skipper and Jetguy
User currently offlineSA365C1 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1248 times:

Good Luck Olympic,

Remember just relax when your up there and you will enjoy it, it will come naturally to you after lots of practice!

I dont my ppl at kissimmee with orlando flight training and I am from scotland, it was so much cheaper to do it there and l had it dont in 23 days and that is written's as well, so if you need any advice then let me know!!

I done mine in the DV20 Katana what type you flying??

Regards
Derek


User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1233 times:

Before you go out and buy software to study the written, I recomend you try this free written exam: http://www.sportys.com/faatest
I did at least 2 exams everyday for a while and ended up getting a high score on the exam.



Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
User currently offline_Northwest_ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1231 times:

Username: Flyf15
Posted 2002-09-21 05:42:27 and read 61 times.
Have the best relationship with your instructor as you can. Go beyond what you "need" to know as far as book work goes


Ummmmmmmm.... I tried that and she looked at me with a mean look on her face, some advice you gave me JERK! haha j/k  Smile


Advice advice advice hmmmmm let me think... DONT take a bunch of girls up in the plane with you, it will get crazy!



User currently offlineJetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1227 times:

Don't become impatient and enjoy the learning process - if you decide to make aviation a career you're going to be a student pilot a very long time. (So far, I've been a student pilot 36 years.) Don't get discourages when you hit one a learning plateau, it happens to everyone at some point. The most important thing is to have fun and pay attention.

Jetguy


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5521 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1210 times:

I've started and I'm 15. I just have to wait a little over a year for the checkride!!!!

Continental


User currently offlineOlympic A-340 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 780 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1191 times:

Thanx a lot for the advice guys. I have read stick and rudder already as well as the Airplane Flying Handbook. In regards to the Gleim book, I have it, I just have not flipped through it yet.
And yes...I do plan to fly as a career  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineFlightSimFreak From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 720 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1166 times:

I just passed the checkride... any tips for someone with a newly minted private license?

User currently offlineLamyl_hhlco From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 621 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1159 times:

Just feel the plane when you fly and take it easy...the best way to be a good pilot is to feel confortable on what u doing! Knowing the regulations, can save you a lot!!
my tip for the newbie, don't fly a long distance yet, but enjoy evry flight you do and every manoeuvres you can experience with noooo instructor Big thumbs up


User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1152 times:

FlightSimFreak, have lots of fun! Remember everything your instructor taught you, still use checklists, still file flight plans on cross countries, keep your ears open your eyes peeled.

Aside from that, a tip would be to try to make as many flights as you can cross countries. That is, if you plan on going for your instrument rating. That 50 hours of PIC XC time is a large amount of time. Anything to get you closer to having it taken care of is good.


User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 1144 times:

Don't make the same mistake I did. The first year or so that I was flying I was very busy with school and wasted quite a bit of money on flying because I would fly once...then a few weeks later once again and I'd lose "finesse" with the plane and then instructors left to the airlines..it was a big mess.

Make sure you're ready to commit to this and be able to fly a good two times a week. If you can do that, keep up with your reading, you'll be on your way to a PPL in no time.

And another piece of advice, if its in your budget, see if your flight school offers a 141 program, that way you can jump right into IFR after your VFR...its DEFINITELY worth it.

good luck, and have fun,
-FSP


User currently offlineLamyl_hhlco From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 621 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1139 times:

I don't really know if a part141 is worth it..you pay too much for less flyings.
I better like an FBO part 61 flight school, it's a lot cheaper and you got an incredible flight experience, much more then i did in a part 141 which was Spartan school in Tulsa. 100$ an hour for a C152 man..this is crazy!

Lamyl
http://www.jetkado-fly.com/index.html


User currently offlineOlympic A-340 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 780 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1103 times:

I have indeed commited to two times a week (my father doesn't want me to do more than that-with school and all)...but that should land me a PPL around February or so if all goes according to plan. One quick question, how long does a Class 2 medical last if you are under 40?

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