Learning to Fly

From the Foo Fighters:

I’m looking to the sky to save me
Looking for a sign of life
Looking for something help me burn out bright
I’m looking for a complication
Looking ’cause I’m tired of trying
Make my way back home
When I learn to fly (high)
Now that you have that song stuck in your head, let’s learn to fly.
I think a good starting point is the FAA Airplane Flying Handbook. It’s about 350 pages if pure reading enjoyment, well not quite enjoyment but it will be filled with acronyms such as PTS (Practical Test Standards) and ACS (Airman Certification Standards), along with CFR, TCO, DPE —ok ok enough with the acronyms. If you really want the acronyms, you can them on the acronyms page in a list format.
Let’s get back to learning how to fly.

Airplane Flying Handbook (Free)

Anyone thinking of becoming a pilot should become familiar with the FAA Airplane Flying Handbook. This will provide a good starting point for gaining initial knowledge as well as learning the book work portion of the beginning stages of flying.

Training Courses

There are several pilot training courses available. For a private pilot license, the flight instructor will usually be the one to determine which program they like to teach off of. There are online options for web based training as well as traditional book training.
Gleim Aviation has both online and book training and King Schools offers Cessna flight training. The Cessna Flight Training from King Schools runs around $364.

Your First Lesson

Your first lesson with your instructor will most likely include the safety of flight practices and your first dual instruction flight will most likely familiarize you with the following:
  • Collision Avoidance
    • Proper scanning techniques
    • Clearing Procedures
  • ┬áRunway Incursion Avoidance
  • Stall Awareness
  • Use of Checklists
  • Positive transfer controls
  • Flight Deck Workload Management

What to Expect on your First Flight

Since this is the starting point, your first flight should cover and introduce you to the following:

  • Aviation vocabulary & terms
  • pre-flight procedures
  • ground Operations
  • the basics of aircraft control
  • Post-flight procedures

For this flight, you will begin with the checklist procedures for the different phases of your flight with the instructor and will usually consist of about a half hour of flight time in a non-crowded airspace.

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