Olympic A-340 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 780 posts, RR: 11 Posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1093 times:
Hello all....After years (yes years) of anticipation, I am now a registered flight student at Ari Ben Aviator in S. Florida ...I was just wondering, does anyone have any advice for me before I start my training? I am REALLY excited!
Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1081 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.
Illini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1046 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!
Happy contrails - I support B747Skipper and Jetguy
SA365C1 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 131 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1036 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??
Sushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 15 Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1021 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.
Jetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1015 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.
Olympic A-340 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 780 posts, RR: 11 Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 979 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
Lamyl_hhlco From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 621 posts, RR: 2 Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 947 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
Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 940 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.
FSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 13 Reply 16, posted (11 years 3 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 932 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.
Lamyl_hhlco From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 621 posts, RR: 2 Reply 17, posted (11 years 3 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 927 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!
Olympic A-340 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 780 posts, RR: 11 Reply 18, posted (11 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 891 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?