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10 ways to make your pilot’s license more affordable

by Jason Schappert

Increase the frequency of your flights

It is much easier for a student to learn if he or
she is flying 2-3 times per week. If you only fly once a week or once every other week
you spend to much time recapping the previous flight and “relearning” an entire
lesson.

Chair Fly

While sitting at your desk or relaxing in your chair think about how you
would enter, maneuver, and recover from slow flight or a stall. Think about where
things are located in the cockpit and how you would use them.

Ask your instructor for a debrief

Hopefully most instructors will sit down with you and
explain what went well and what needs improvement. A through debrief can reveal
holes in your training and also hint at what to expect on the next lesson.

Make time to study

Unless your an aviation major at school this can be tough.
Finding the time to study is without a doubt one of the more difficult obstacles to
overcome. Instructors will feel more comfortable signing you off for solo flights if you
have command of the subject matter.

Set realistic goals with your instructor

Tentatively choose a date to take your written
test, and get your medical. Block a week to 2 week period for your solo and
checkride. (this ensures readiness and good weather)

Memorize emergency checklists

Memorizing the run-up and before takeoff checklist
are easy, you do them every flight. It is the emergency procedures and checklists that
are frequently forgotten. Know them by heart so you can be prepared for any real-life
or simulated situation.

Write down your questions

When I started flying my instructor would always end the
day with “Any questions?” Still caught up in the luster of flying I would say “Not that I
can think of.” Not until I got home and recapped our flight in my head could I think of
tons of questions to ask. Write these thoughts down! Better to ask your instructor now
then find out the day of your checkride.

Rehearse your radio calls

A common student pitfall is poor radio communication.
Practice in your head what you might say in certain situations. I always recommend
students visit LiveATC.net and listen to how the pros do it.

Cockpit organization

Being organized in the cockpit will save you tons of money
instead of fumbling around for a checklist or a pen. Buy a kneeboard, keep everything
in the same place every time.

Be confident

Not too much and never too little. Instructors are looking for students
who can display their maneuvers with confidence and command the radios with
ease. Relax, do your best, and always be willing to learn.

Also view our 5 Tips for better flight maneuvers post for more advice on your flight training.


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  • http://www.aviationchatter.com/ Patrick Flannigan

    “What if I told you I had a beautiful, well-equipped Cessna 150 that rents for $100 dollars an hour wet with an instructor?” I would holler “LIES” at the top of my lungs. No seriously, I’d be excited to find a deal like that!

    Great points, especially the bit about chair flying. Nothing beats having the maneuver down mentally before even showing up at the airport. I have noticed that it students often nail maneuvers within PTS on the first go if they have good study habits and practice a lot of chair flying at home.

    Glad to see you promoting LiveATC. I spent several hours listening to this service when I went in for my instrument rating and there is no telling how much it helped. If you own a transceiver and live near a major airport, it can be fun to monitor local traffic while you’re at it.

  • http://www.aviationchatter.com/ Patrick Flannigan

    “What if I told you I had a beautiful, well-equipped Cessna 150 that rents for $100 dollars an hour wet with an instructor?” I would holler “LIES” at the top of my lungs. No seriously, I’d be excited to find a deal like that!

    Great points, especially the bit about chair flying. Nothing beats having the maneuver down mentally before even showing up at the airport. I have noticed that it students often nail maneuvers within PTS on the first go if they have good study habits and practice a lot of chair flying at home.

    Glad to see you promoting LiveATC. I spent several hours listening to this service when I went in for my instrument rating and there is no telling how much it helped. If you own a transceiver and live near a major airport, it can be fun to monitor local traffic while you’re at it.

  • http://www.aviationchatter.com/ Patrick Flannigan

    “What if I told you I had a beautiful, well-equipped Cessna 150 that rents for $100 dollars an hour wet with an instructor?” I would holler “LIES” at the top of my lungs. No seriously, I’d be excited to find a deal like that!

    Great points, especially the bit about chair flying. Nothing beats having the maneuver down mentally before even showing up at the airport. I have noticed that it students often nail maneuvers within PTS on the first go if they have good study habits and practice a lot of chair flying at home.

    Glad to see you promoting LiveATC. I spent several hours listening to this service when I went in for my instrument rating and there is no telling how much it helped. If you own a transceiver and live near a major airport, it can be fun to monitor local traffic while you’re at it.

  • http://www.aviationchatter.com Patrick Flannigan

    “What if I told you I had a beautiful, well-equipped Cessna 150 that rents for $100 dollars an hour wet with an instructor?” I would holler “LIES” at the top of my lungs. No seriously, I’d be excited to find a deal like that!

    Great points, especially the bit about chair flying. Nothing beats having the maneuver down mentally before even showing up at the airport. I have noticed that it students often nail maneuvers within PTS on the first go if they have good study habits and practice a lot of chair flying at home.

    Glad to see you promoting LiveATC. I spent several hours listening to this service when I went in for my instrument rating and there is no telling how much it helped. If you own a transceiver and live near a major airport, it can be fun to monitor local traffic while you’re at it.

  • http://www.JasonSchappert.com/ Jason Schappert

    Hi Pat! Thank you so much for the comment and feedback!

  • http://www.JasonSchappert.com/ Jason Schappert

    Hi Pat! Thank you so much for the comment and feedback!

  • http://www.JasonSchappert.com Jason Schappert

    Hi Pat! Thank you so much for the comment and feedback!

  • http://home.moret.org/blog Martijn Moret

    Great points indeed! To make them more specific, this is what I did during my flying education:
    – read the METAR/TAF everyday and explain the weather(forecast) to your partner in human lingo
    – rehearse the radio calls of the flight in the shower…. also sounds are great
    -fly the flight using google maps and your own jeppesen chart. Look for the landmarks
    – start playing with flight simulator (C150 is great) combined with IVAO (rehearse the radio calls and make the virtual traffic controller sweat on handling VFT traffic)
    – take a GPS with you and review your flight paths, altitude, etc.

  • http://home.moret.org/blog Martijn Moret

    Great points indeed! To make them more specific, this is what I did during my flying education:
    – read the METAR/TAF everyday and explain the weather(forecast) to your partner in human lingo
    – rehearse the radio calls of the flight in the shower…. also sounds are great
    -fly the flight using google maps and your own jeppesen chart. Look for the landmarks
    – start playing with flight simulator (C150 is great) combined with IVAO (rehearse the radio calls and make the virtual traffic controller sweat on handling VFT traffic)
    – take a GPS with you and review your flight paths, altitude, etc.

  • chris

    I wish I had money to get my Pilot License…… :(

  • mzeroa

    Chris!

    There are a ton of scholarships open out there! Just have to dig around for them

    -Jason

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  • http://pilotincanada.com Pilot License

    I can afford the Private Pilot License. It’s the Commercial Pilot License I’m worried about.

  • http://pilotincanada.com private pilot license

    Great tips! Wish I had read about these a few years ago. I honestly paid way too much to get my CPL.

  • http://pilotincanada.com private pilot license

    Great tips! Wish I had read about these a few years ago. I honestly paid way too much to get my CPL.

  • NAHuet

    Have been watching your videos for a while now.  love it!  cant wait to get up there and give it a shot.  always assumed it was much more difficult  to obtain pilots cert.  It is to bad you are so far away from springfield il,  or I would have you teach me!

    cheers

  • Georgebeme

    Microsoft Flight Simulator is great way and cheap for practicing on your home computer for flying lesson, before you even show up at the flight school.

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