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Archive for August, 2010


It seems today in our current economy people need more money to spend on bills and living and have less to spend on education and entertainment.  So how is anyone able to afford flight training and still make the rent?  There is no simple answer but there are a few things you can do to maximize your training and spread out your funds so your wallet takes less of a hit.

Chair Flying. As silly as it may seem using that imagination on your down time has been known to improve your flying.  There are many times I have gone up with a student and asked them to perform a particular maneuver which they have done many times before and they draw a blank on the first step to perform.  These tasks include clearing turns, gauge checks, control inputs, airspeeds and altitudes, and any other sequential step in the maneuver.  Simple chair flying allows you to become familiar with the steps to be taken to perform a particular maneuver.  Once you know exactly what to do you now have more attention to spend on perfecting the maneuver.  Chair flying also allows you to visualize the maneuver and physically make the inputs, so you can get a little muscle memory.

Learning style Getting to know your learning style is very important for you and your instructor.  Learning style plays a big role in how effectively you will learn, and if the instructor cannot mach their teaching method to your learning style things can become frustrating quickly.  People perceive and process information in different ways, so the more you know about the way you learn the more effective the teaching can be.

There are 3 basic types of learners: Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic.  Visual learners tend to be the largest part of the population.  Visual learners learn best by visual aids, charts, graphs, and course outlines.  If you are a visual learner make sure to take notes in class and even rewrite important points.  Make sure to sit at the front of the class to avoid distraction.  Auditory learners tend to have very developed language skills, and learn best by listening to lectures.  Audio tapes, reciting notes, and reading out load will help you retain information.  You should also study with a friend, so you can talk through main points.  Kinesthetic learners are “hands on” learners who learn the best by doing.  Movement in class is always a good thing, and even moving about the room can enhance memorization of information while studying.  Colored transparencies or plotters can help focus attentions on reading when laid over text.  Make sure that during your study you take frequent but short breaks.

Stay regular in your flight training Keeping your flying schedule regular makes a big difference in the long run.  A few flights a week are always more beneficial to leaning than one flight every two weeks.  This helps you retain the information previously learned.  If you do fly only once every two weeks you spend a little more time relearning what you did  in the last lesson.  Keep in mind that there is also too much of a good thing as well, and flying too much (i.e. Three times in a day) can overload you.  When flights are too close together you may not be able to learn as much as you would if you had more of a break to reflect and reenergize.  Everyone is different so it is important to find the right pace for you.

Confess anxieties It is very normal for everyone to be a little nervous about a certain subject or maneuver in aviation.  Fears can arise for many different reasons; maybe past experience, a bad demonstration, and sometimes fears even manifest themselves in something that we may not be directly afraid of.  No matter what the reason it is important to understand that fear is normal, and equally as important that your instructor knows of them.  Fear and anxiety have a way of narrowing your perceptual field and can make it very difficult to learn a maneuver.  If your instructor knows that this maneuver makes you uncomfortable they easily tailor the maneuver to make it less nerve-racking, and therefore easier to learn.

In the end there is no easy way to make aviation cheap, but the little things you do coupled with dedication can take some of the financial sting out of flying.  Communication with your instructor is important in flight training, so be sure all of your questions about your training are being answered.

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