- Arrive on time for your flight lesson. In fact, arrive early so you can avoid paying your instructor to watch your pre-flight. If the aircraft is not available prior to your scheduled lesson, review notes from your previous lesson as well as topics for the current lesson.
- Be sure you operate from a detailed plan of attack. In our ground school, we'll provide this detailed plan to you as part of your training package. Three Phases of an Instrument Rating Aviate Flying precisely, on heading, altitude, airspeed, and rate. Navigate Perform departure procedures, enroute navigation, arrival, and approach procedures. Communicate Learn how to receive and execute clearances & ATC communication
- Each session should be geared towards a set of skills, be sure there's a plan, and follow it.
- Take a ground school – you'll minimize expensive ground training. Don't pay $40/hour to learn the basic aeronautical knowledge you'll get in a ground school.
- Use smaller airplanes if possible as larger ones cost more. Many flight schools have 2-seaters such as the Piper Tomahawk or Cessna 152. Stick with the same aircraft throughout and your will training go quicker.
- Learn your aircraft's checklists and procedures early in your training. You can practice these on the ground for free.
- Take advantage of block time discounts if they are available at your flight school. If you know you'll be doing a lot of training over a short period of time, negotiate a larger block time discount for 50 hours or more.
- Once you start, don't stop. The aviation learning curve is steep enough to merit consistent attention until you achieve your goal.
- Fly regularly. The longer the time between lessons, the more the student forgets resulting in more time spent reviewing past lessons.
- Partner with another student to review material, observe each others flight lessons. You can learn a great deal from observing others as they fly. One caveat: remember you're only an observer; make comments at your own risk.
- Learn from your mistakes. Making mistakes is part of the process. Asking questions is part of the process. Don't become frustrated with the learning process…
- Perform flight maneuvers exactly as your instructor has taught you. It’s the quickest way to get to a checkride. Your instructor knows what it takes to pass a checkride as most have passed four or more prior to teaching you.
- Have an honest, open dialogue with your instructor about your progress. Your flight instructor is an experienced professional, and will know how to help you over the roadblocks or can get the resources you need to succeed.
Don't fly if you are not prepared for a lesson. You will get the most bang for your bucks by being prepared. Even the best instruction cannot fully compensate for lack of preparation.
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