Flight Training - January 2015 - 20

AROUND THE PATCH

By Jill W. Tallman

FROM ONE PILOT TO ANOTHER

WHAT I WISH I'D KNOWN IN MY STUDENT DAYS

THE AUTHOR in 2003 after a trip to Maryland's
Ocean City Municipal Airport (OXB).

TOOL-but not now, at this stage of your
flying. Treat yourself to one when you
pass your private pilot checkride, but for
now, save the money for flight instruction. Better yet...
SPEND THAT MONEY ON A GOOD HEADSET. You'll save yourself hundreds of

s we've themed the January 2015 issue "Back to Basics," I
wondered what, if anything, I would tell my student pilot self
if I could travel back in time. We would have a lively conversation, once future me got finished telling student pilot me that
it was high time to cut off my waist-length hair. Here's what I'd say:

A

dollars if you just go ahead and purchase
the quality headset, rather than getting a
cheap one, then moving up to a slightly
more expensive one, then abandoning
that one when you finally realize that you
need something even more effective and
comfortable.
GO-AROUNDS ARE YOUR FRIEND. I
think you already know this, but it bears
repeating. If something's not right on the
approach, don't force it.
FLYING IS AWESOME; DON'T FORGET IT.

FLY MORE. One lesson a week is good,

but two is better, if you can afford it. At
least schedule two per week. That way,
if weather forces a cancelation, you'll
already be on the books with your CFI and
won't have to scramble to get another slot.
GO TALK TO ATC. If you're flying out
of a nontowered airport (as Frederick
Municipal Airport was then), infrequent
encounters with air traffic control made it
harder to develop fluency when talking to
ATC. Get flight following; go to a towered
airport; give a pilot report-but do what it
takes to get that level of familiarity. You'll
see an even greater benefit when you start
instrument training, as far into the future
as that may seem.
STALL RECOVERY WILL BE OK. Power-off
stalls seem scary now, but they won't
always be. Dissect the maneuver and practice it with your CFI as much as possible.
INTERRUPTIONS HAPPEN. A lot of pieces
must fall into place to learn to fly: time,
money, decent weather, a good flight
instructor, and a functioning airplane.

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Plan for the times when you're not flying
so that you don't forget what you learned
in the interim. Study your ground school
materials; take a free Air Safety Institute
online course; read Wolfgang Langewiesch's Stick and Rudder. Speaking of
which...

This may be the most important bit of
advice. You're steeped in the minutia of
flying-the book work, the knowledge test
prep, wondering and worrying if you will
ever get the hang of the perfect landing.
(Spoiler alert: You will.) Small wonder
that it sometimes seems like more of a

YOU'LL SAVE YOURSELF HUNDREDS OF
DOLLARS IF YOU JUST GO AHEAD AND
PURCHASE THE QUALITY HEADSET,
RATHER THAN GETTING A CHEAP ONE.
THE RUDDER IS IMPORTANT. You are not
a pilot who flies without ever touching
the rudder pedals, but your stick-andrudder technique could use some work.
It wouldn't kill you to fly an airplane that
requires more footwork than your trainer.
In fact, go take an hour of dual instruction
in a taildragger to see what I'm talking
about.

chore than a boon. But it will change your
life, offer incredible experiences, and
create wonderful memories in ways that
few recreational activities can match. I'm
sure you've heard this before, but the hard
work now will be more than worth it.
Trust me, I know-I'm a pilot, too.

A HANDHELD TRANSCEIVER IS A GREAT

aopa.org; Twitter: @jtallman1959.

Email Technical Editor Jill Tallman at jill.tallman@


http://FLIGHTTRAINING.AOPA.ORG

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