These are some of the things I have learned along the way in my flight training. When I started taking flying lessons at the age of 14, most of my knowledge of aviation was commercial aviation. I had been on only a few SWA 737s, along with some AWA 737s and a few others. My first flight in a small aircraft was in an old Piper Tomahawk. My dad told me it was much different than riding in an airliner, that you can feel every little jolt of wind, etc. I sat in the left seat, and we took off from Georgetown Airport. I enjoyed each 20 minutes of the whole flight. I then said that this experience made me 100% certain, that I'm going to be a pilot. Well, the following day, I was mowing the yard, the mower quit on me right in the middle of the yard. It wouldn't start back up, so I kicked it. My dad saw me and said, "If your engine quits on a plane, are you going to step out and kick it?". I had learned one of my first lessons of being a pilot, always think about the problem and calmly think of a solution. All the mower needed was some oil. During training hours to get my P.L., the instructor pulled out a bag full of black caps, and placed them on all of the gauges. Then he told me to land it. I think I did pretty well, but I learned another thing. Gauges won't help you fly the plane, they give you information, and you've got to calculate it in your head. Here's a few other things I've learned during training:
1.) Don't get mad or unstable if someting goes wrong, calmly think about a solution to the problem
2.) Don't let the airplane confuse you, you know the basics to flying an aircraft, don't get over-loaded in your mind
3.) If you think you can fly a plane by knowing all of the gauges and switches (like I did), you're not ready
4.) If you don't like roller coasters, I suggest you be a train engineer instead
(hint: don't be afraid of where you are in the air)
5.) If you think you know it all about flying after 1000 hours of flying, you're wrong
6.) Always think that something could be going wrong, and that you are in control
7.) If you are 99.9% sure you want to be a pilot, you won't get there, take it very seriously, and be mature
8.) Never ever act immature around your instuctors, that gives them a sign that you don't take flying seriously
9.) When a problem arises, STAY CALM, or you're bound to crash in flames
10.) Just for fun, don't walk into a propeller that is in motion please
These are just some of the things I have learned over my years of flying.
To future pilots, please take these seriously.
To pilots currently in training, like me, feel free to post some things you've learned along the way.