There is a lot involved in a flight lesson. While you may only log around 1.0 hours at a time, in actuality you will spend close to twice that at the airport. The pre-briefing, walk-around of the plane, startup/post startup/runup checklists and landing and stopping checklists all add up to quite a bit of time spent on the ground for which, while the engine is running, you’re paying.
I plan on finishing my private licence this summer and, being a student and having just bought a car, I need to make the most of each minute of each lesson.
I found the following tips on Jason Schappert’s M0A blog and I’ve paraphrased them for your perusal. Make sure to check his post for an explanation of each:
- Fly often.
- When you’re not in a plane, chair fly.
- Ask for a debrief after a flight.
- Take time to study.
- Set S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely).
- Memorize checklists which are not often used (i.e. emergency checklists)
- Write down questions (and then the answers).
- Rehearse radio calls.
- Organize your cockpit the same way each flight.
- Be confident.
These are all great tips and Jason expands on each of them in his post 10 ways to make your pilot’s license more affordable. Also check out his 5 tips for better flight manoeuvres post.