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Frequency Of Flying Lessons (PPL)

Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:12 pm

Hello all,

I intend to get my PPL, therefore I compared some flying schools in my country (The Netherlands). I also asked them to the best frequency of taking lessons. Most schools state one hour per week is ok, but some of them say that frequency doesn't matter; if you want, you can take just one lesson in a month! Obviously, it takes you longer to get the license, but I have also the feeling flying one hour in a month is bothering your progress.

Though it can have some advantages, like spending less money  Smile

So? Start taking lessons just once a month or save some euros to fly every week??

I am looking forward to your answers!

kind regards, Martijn
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RE: Frequency Of Flying Lessons (PPL)

Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:22 pm

Back in the ice age when I started my lessons I flew at least once a week, weather permitting as it was winter in the south!  Smile

My suggestion would be to save the euros, fly as often as you can afford and get scheduled with using the same instructor. I believe a good connection between the student and instructor is huge so find one you get along well with and have a great time.

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RE: Frequency Of Flying Lessons (PPL)

Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:44 pm

I agree  Smile

Fly as frequent as you can, within reason. One flight every month is not enough ... I'm a good example of how that doesn't work.... it took me years to get my PPL!!! When you fly once a month, the first 30-60 minutes of every flight is often spent just getting back to being used with the aircraft, getting over nervousness again, refamiliarizing yourself with flying etc. So really, you lose time, and it'll probably end up taking more hours and therefore costing you more in the long-term.

Personally, if I could start again, money permitting, I'd probably try and fly a couple of hours each week.

Of course, everyone is different, but I feel once a month not an efficient way of learning, or best use of your money.

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RE: Frequency Of Flying Lessons (PPL)

Wed Jan 30, 2008 2:15 pm

When I used to flight instruct manty years ago I found that those students that flew less frequently, once a month or every 2 weeks, would have to repeat things every lesson just to get back up to speed. This is a big waste of time and money. I always thought once a week is min. I was lucky that I got my PPL in 1 month flying 5 days a week even though when I initially started I was doing anything from once a week to once a month until I finally stopped until the latter situation arose.
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RE: Frequency Of Flying Lessons (PPL)

Wed Jan 30, 2008 2:16 pm

If you fly once per month, you're going to be wasting money on those flights, because you'll lose proficiency while you're not flying, and you'll have to review things much more than you normally would instead of learning new things. It'll end up costing you more in the long run.

I'd plan to save the money and fly at least once a week, twice if your schedule will permit it, with each flight about two hours or so.

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RE: Frequency Of Flying Lessons (PPL)

Thu Jan 31, 2008 4:24 am

It's not just the refresher flights that'll cost you! With fuel prices set to increase, I'd go out and fly as much before it gets prohibitive seeing as flights schools rarely lower prices...

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RE: Frequency Of Flying Lessons (PPL)

Thu Jan 31, 2008 4:38 am

From personal experience I'd recommend at least 1 lesson per week. In this area you'd schedule 2-3 per week and usually that would guarantee you'd get at least 1 of those on a flyable wx day. Depending on your work schedule, mid morning is typically best to fly in many areas too. Before the chop/updrafts/cumulus start to pop up, but after the morning fog burns off.
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RE: Frequency Of Flying Lessons (PPL)

Thu Jan 31, 2008 5:43 pm

During my PPL training I had 5 scheduled flights a week. During my insturment and Comm single and multi i had 4 a week. I'd say save up your money and fly as 3-5 slots per week for your entire training. You'll spend a lot less money in the end because you won't always to fly refresher lessons.

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RE: Frequency Of Flying Lessons (PPL)

Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:33 pm

During my PPL training, I flew 6 times a week and took ground school at the same time. It was a very accelerated pace and I got my license in 42 days. That was almost a full time job. I recommend more than once a month, but it is really up to you.
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RE: Frequency Of Flying Lessons (PPL)

Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:40 pm

Three slots per week is a good number. If you have bad wx one day per week you can still go brief and work on the ground portion. That frequency gives a good balance between retention and saturation. I had trouble with students that wanted to go every day or in one case, more than once a day because they would hit a saturation point pretty fast and we would either beat something to death or we'd end early.
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RE: Frequency Of Flying Lessons (PPL)

Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:56 pm

At the flight school I teach at, we have two different blocks; MWF and TR. There is actually a marked difference in the quality and information retention of students between those that fly 2 days each week and three days each week.

Within reason, I would fly as much as you can, and for several reasons.

First is recency of experience. You tend to learn more new stuff if you don't have to re-learn old stuff first. By putting even a week between flights, you run a very high risk of forgetting even simple things from last time. Even with almost 700 hours, if I go over a week or two without flying, it really shows.

Second, it'll take you a lot less time overall to complete your certificate, and this actually has a lot to do with the first reason. The time it takes to complete the license goes up exponentially in instead of being linear. When you take time off, you end up spending more hours flight time learning the material, and when you aren't flying as much, this ends up costing a lot of calendar time also.

Expanding on the second is the third: cost. When you fly lots, the money will go quick, but in the long run it will cost less.

It all goes back to recency of experience...the more frequent you fly, the better!

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