This is how you should be earning your pilot rating/license

How can you cost-effectively earn your next pilot rating/license?

I’ve tried so many different methods for my students as a result, this is how I recommend you earn your pilot rating/license.

I’ll get right to the punch, I’m assuming you’ve already found a flight instructor who will demand you #escapeaverage. That instructor has already helped you find your pilot supplies and ground school material.

What I have my students do is complete online ground school on their own. As they are completing the ground school they simply write any questions or things that we need to go more in-depth together. I use a program called Sharefile, therefore, we can share files, notes and the syllabus together to keep each other on the same page.

I schedule all of my lessons for 3.5 hours total.

If my student is getting a Private Pilot License I try to enforce the rule of no solo until the written test is complete. This also applies to the other license and ratings also, just at different phases of the flight training. I want my students to be able to focus on flying and studying for the checkride,  not worrying about a written test. Flying becomes a reward.

When I first started instructing in 2010 my flight school wanted us to fly with the most students possible in one day, as a result, some of the lessons were only scheduled for 1.5 hours. 1.5 TOTAL! How can you find progress with 1.5 hours? If you break down the 1.5 hours this is usually how long everything takes. Don’t forget this probably cost the student roughly $200… Don’t forget that leaves ZERO time for ground discussion.

  • Preflight: .2
  • Taxi Out/Runup: .2
  • Flight to practice area: .2
  • VFR Practice or IFR Procedures: .1 That’s it!?
  • Fly to home base, join pattern, taxi in: .4
  • Securing Airplane: .1

For every lesson flown, I plan to spend a minimum of one hour doing ground instruction. This ground instruction is a briefing and after the lesson a debrief. We discuss improvement points and the student’s victories for the day. We discuss questions the student has and what can I can do better or different for the next flight.

If you aren’t able to spend time discussing what’s expected of you, how can you Improve? 

For my students to have the most progress I schedule my flight lessons this way.

Every lesson is targetted for 3.5 hours in total. This leaves us with one hour of ground instruction and roughly 2.o hours in the airplane at the minimum. This is if you plan on it taking .5 for preflight-fly-securing routine. This gives time for small breaks and if needed more time on certain maneuvers that the student may need to practice.

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