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My First Flight In A Cessna

Sun Oct 22, 2006 6:15 am

Just had my first flying lesson today.

Was Amazing.

Went out in a Cessna 138 (I think that's what it was).

Enjoyed every minute of it and will go again.

Took off in a westerly direction from Weston Airport near Dublin and climbed to 1500 ft. When the instructor tuned into the local tower I could not get over the amount of air traffic that was about (I think there was a lot of changes to flight plans due to bad weather at about 6000ft- for those that dont know, Weston is near DUB and would be near a lot of approach routes).

The best of all was that I flew directly across my own house about 40 miles away from the airport. Fantastic.

Anyway, I was just looking for some info/opinions.

I am thinking of doing further lessons and taking it more seriously. What would be my best approach (sorry for the pun!!) to understanding more about flying. Would I be better of doing research/reading first and if so, what would you recommend?

Does anybody have any tips on what I should learn first?

Any answers will be greatly appreciated
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RE: My First Flight In A Cessna

Sun Oct 22, 2006 8:32 am

Learning to fly is always a fantastic experience, and usually a very expensive one. The one big piece of advice I always gave people that came to me interested in flying was to make sure you have the money and the time available to commit to at least two (preferably three) flights a week. It's tempting to fly once a week, because that fits in a schedule. It's very tempting to fly once every other week because that fits a budget. In my experience, students that were able to fly at least twice a week earned their ratings in half the flight time (hence, half the money) of students who flew once a week. In the long run it'll be cheaper and more satisfying if you save up until you can afford to pay for frequent lessons. It's frustrating to spend half your lesson relearning something you had down the last time you flew. If you don't fly frequently, that's what happens every single lesson.

As far as what to study first, that's up to you and your instructor. At least in the US, much of the ground study can be done on your own, but it's helpful if you do it at the same time as your flying. Then you can ask your instructor about what you studied last night and it will reinforce what you learned when flying.

It also may save you some money in the long run to check out two or three different instructors before you start your training. Everyone has their own teaching style and it's vitally important to make sure you have a good connection with your instructor. Fly with two or three, then talk to the one you want about your options. Every student is different, so a one-on-one discussion with an instructor regarding you specifically is really what you need.
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RE: My First Flight In A Cessna

Sun Oct 22, 2006 10:28 am

The first time I ever flew with an instructor (YAK-52) had to be one of the worst flights of my life. We had a 12 knot wind coming from 330 so as soon as we took off we were almost blasted to the side. The entire flight we shook and had the rollercoaster going on. The landing my instructor pulled off was pretty bad but considering the circumstances not so bad. Was quite queasy though!
Have fun training! I hope you enjoy it!
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