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So, you've decided you want to learn to fly. Congratulations, future pilot! An epic
journey awaits. Like any great venture, it will take preparation, determination, and will,
and there will likely be struggles and setbacks along the way, but nothing that can't be
overcome. In the end, you'll have a pilot certificate and be free to explore our world as
few do-from above.
Learning to fly is a serious undertaking, and especially if you aim to be the first pilot
in your family, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are the basics, including
what to expect, how to get started, and tips for success from AOPA Air Safety Institute
(ASI) certificated flight instructors (CFIs).
WHAT'S YOUR WHY?

Before you dive into training, you should clearly define why you want to become a pilot.
Do you want to buy your own airplane and fly your family about your state, or is your
goal to fly for the airlines? Have you been inspired by YouTubers and want to get into
the off-pavement world? Or perhaps aviation is a family tradition. Knowing your goals
will help your instructor tailor your training for you. And when training challenges
arise, that goal can be the light at the end of the tunnel that keeps you motivated.
CHOOSING A FLIGHT SCHOOL AND INSTRUCTOR

The three absolute necessities for flight training are you, the airplane, and the
instructor. To find parts two and three, start by looking for a flight school; plan to
visit more than one and compare.
On your visits, ask yourself a few questions:
* Is the flight school a reasonable commute for you?
* Do you get a good feeling when you walk in?
* Could you imagine spending thousands of dollars here?
If you have pilot friends, ask for their advice, or maybe even for their help in
vetting various schools.
After you choose a flight school, you'll either choose or be assigned an instructor.
A good instructor will (at a minimum) brief you on each lesson, keep you informed,
answer your questions (even if they have to doublecheck the answer themselves),
and make you feel safe in the airplane. You're in charge of your training-if you don't
click with your instructor, switch to a new one. If it turns out you don't care for your
flight school, go somewhere else. Transitioning to somewhere new might add a few
extra hours to your training, but there's no reason to stay with a training situation
that isn't working for you.
Use AOPA's Flight School Finder to help find a school near you (aopa.org/schools).

" Plan for a flight lesson like a college class: One hour of flight equals three hours
of study time, then do the homework and show up prepared for the flight. "
-CFI John Collins, ASI's manager of aviation safety programs
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