If I Did My Flight Training Over

by Josh on July 19, 2012

In hindsight, there are always things I think I would have done differently with my flight training. Things that now seem like common sense to me, things that would have saved me thousands of dollars and hours of my and my instructors time. I’m going to share with you three things that I would have done differently with my flight training and things that will save you thousands.

I cannot stress this one enough. Pick the right CFI for you! Interview multiple CFI’s before deciding on the right one for you. Remember, that you will be giving your money to them and spending 40+ hours of your life in a small airplane with them. You should want to fly with them and build a relationship with them, which will ultimately save you hundreds or even thousands. Also, you should be able to fly when you want to. A full time CFI is best for most student pilots because they can most likely fly when you want to, versus a part time CFI who might only be able to fly twice a week. This will not only be easy on your schedule but will allow you to learn the flying and teaching style of the instructor.

This one will save you the most time and money in my opinion. Complete a ground school before starting your flying portion of the training. Having a ground school done before flying is a huge money saver because, you will have already learned the basics on the ground where it’s a lot cheaper than getting it taught to you in the air. As a matter of fact, you can learn most of the things you need on the ground, things like weather, signs, how the airplane flys, instruments, etc. In the end, if you complete a ground school you will most likely receive your private pilot’s license with fewer hours.

This one is also a big money saver in the long run. Fly multiple times per week if possible. Two or three times per week is the best because that will help you to retain what you previously learned rather than relearning it. This will allow you to solo earlier and in the end receive you pilots license in fewer hours as well, saving you hundreds or even thousands. During my flight training, I flew once or twice per month. Then the next lesson, I spent half of the time reviewing the information I learned before. Being able to fly this often is huge, and will save you the most time and money in the long run.

As you may see, I made some big mistakes in my flight training that I hope you can learn from and save you thousands. I love feedback, so feel free to leave a comment below of some of the things you would have done differently in your flight training.

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