Flight training is a complex process. There is a lot of thinking and managing that goes into operating a plane. But for those who take on the exciting challenge of becoming a student pilot will enter an extraordinary period in their lives. No matter what stage you’re at, there’s always some great tips to follow. Being a pilot does require some technical and specific knowledge, but there are also many “soft skills” (ones that aren’t explicitly taught) that are highly beneficial for student pilots to have. Here are the top tips every student pilot should follow.
One of the pilot’s most important tasks is communicating with Air Traffic Control (ATC). When student pilots start, they often solely focus on aviating, staying on schedule, and focusing on safe takeoffs and lands. Because of this, ATC etiquette tends to fall by the wayside.
Since there is a lot to concentrate on, some student pilots will find it difficult to catch up on speaking with controllers in towers. But pilots at every stage should make sure they are paying attention to the radio. Communication is what keeps everyone on the plane safe. And because Air Traffic controllers are typically busy, knowing what they are saying and how to communicate to them is crucial for becoming a good pilot.
The best way to practice is by studying the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Aeronautical Information Manual. This will teach you the aviation radio language.
Flying requires you to process a lot of information while putting it into action. It is a demanding job, requiring you to put the effort into studying and concentrating on the practice. You must know what you are doing. There’s no shame in letting you know you are confused over certain aspects of flying, so let your instructor know! You’re here to learn, and they know that. This is why you need to be patient. You’re not going to perfect your ability overnight.
Immersive flight training is going to give you most of your experience with actually flying a plane, but most of your work will be done on the ground--not in the air. You need to be studious and learn as much as you can before you take it to the sky.
Aside from your education and training, much of the pilot's job continues outside of the plane. They regularly look at the weather, check the plane, become familiar with the upcoming flights, including examining the airspace that will be involved during the next flight. Pilots are always learning and learning, so if you’re always wanting to learn something new, flying is for you!
As a student pilot, there’s nothing more exciting than getting in the cockpit for the first time. While it will be enticing, it can also be a bit overwhelming. Make sure to follow these tips to be prepared for successful training!