Learning to Fly is suppose to be fun, shouldn’t training have the same element?
Learning to Fly an airplane is no small matter, it definitely is an achievable goal though. Sometimes the line between fun and annoying is as simple as a small attitude correction, or in some cases just getting the human element to present itself in the instructor – student relationship. I have been instructing for over 15 years in everything from small light aircraft to larger corporate aircraft, even airline ab-initio programs. All of those programs required a different approach to systems, procedures and regulations regardless if it was a C-152 or a BeechCraft King-Air 200.
There are a few areas that should be fun, and if you find yourself experiencing something “other than” normal levels of anxiety, you should start looking at making a change whether with the school, the instructor or within yourself. The human being is a simple, yet complex character to learn and work with. So, you shouldn’t find it surprising that training anyone to do any activity from building model cars, to flying planes can be a true experiment in the unknown. Throughout the experiences of not only myself, but other aviation professionals and teachers we have compiled a list of things that can increase your fun factor for sure.
First I will list some red flag “gut feelings” we as aviators whether a student or not can experience …