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Steve Pomroy is a professional flight instructor and aviation writer. He has been teaching since 1995 and holds an Airline Transport Pilot License, Class 1 Instructor and Aerobatic Instructor Ratings, military QFI, and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. He's written and published three flight training books through his company, SkyWriters Publishing, and has several other books under development. Steve currently teaches RCAF pilot candidates on their Primary Flight Training course.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Why Learn to Fly?

The first question one might ask about flight training is, "Why learn to fly?". There are probably as many different answers to this question as there are people to ask it. Everybody has their own reasons. But in broad strokes, most reasons can fit into one of only a handful of categories. Some learn to fly because they’re looking for a new challenge in life. Others are taking first steps in building a career. Others are planning to use their license for business travel. Still others just want to have a little fun and go for the occasional "$100 Hamburger".

Whatever your reason, it’s important that you know what it is. Your long-term objectives will influence the short-term choices you make regarding your training. Do you need an instrument rating? How about a multi-engine rating? Should you spend a little extra time refining your radio navigation skills? During scenario-based training, should your emphasis be on commercial operations type scenarios, or recreational flying scenarios? How about the pace of your training? If you’re looking for a career, the sooner you graduate, the sooner you can start looking for that first job. If you’re flying for fun, a slower pace will be easier on your wallet and less distracting from your home life.

Whatever your objective, make sure that you know what it is, and that you communicate it clearly and assertively to your instructor. Take the time with your instructor to develop a training plan that suits your needs, as opposed to your instructor's needs or the needs of your school. At the end of the day, the training is for you, and your goal should be to maximize your benefit.

Ultimately, your learning process has to be fun. But what constitutes fun will vary from one person to the next. So make sure you know what it is that you want, and go after it.

Happy Flying!

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