Learn To Fly - Flight Training
- Have you ever wondered what it would be like to learn to fly?
- Are you thinking of taking a trial flight at your local airfield?
- Are you considering a career in civil or military aviation?
Entire libraries of books have been written by the men and women who have made the transition from spectator to pilot. No doubt books, blogs, and many other forms of expression will continue to be published such is the ever changing and evolving nature of aviation. There are so many ways in which you can explore the skies.
However, for those who own a log book and who have proudly added entries over the years the journey often begins with a trial flight at a local airfield. If you feel the urge to see what all the fuss is about then why not visit your local flying school or aero club and go up with an instructor. Try it, and the chances are you'll love it if you don't follow through to a PPL licence.
Like sailing flying is open to almost anyone. There are teenage pilots and octogenarian aviators. There are world class aerobatic champions, fighter jocks who fly jets at Mach 2, and there are weekend pilots who potter about the skies on a gentle breeze. You find the type of flying that suits you. It's not a competition - unless you want it to be in which case you can try air racing or spot landing.
If you're still young enough you could start your journey into aviation with the Armed Forces and move on to a career in civil aviation later, or you could start from scratch (ab initio) at your local club and gradually build up your skills and experience until you're ready to approach the airlines for a placement within the air crew.
Why learn to fly?
On the other hand you could do what thousands of other aviators have done and that is learn to fly light aircraft and enjoy all that this skill has to offer as you expand your horizons by flying further and further afield in an increasing number of aircraft types. One thing is for sure; if you're bitten by the bug you'll count the days until your next flight no matter how long the gaps between become.
Why learn to fly? Ask a pilot, but make sure you have plenty of time to spare. It could take a while to explain all the advantages of working (or should that be 'playing') your way towards your pilot's licence
Leaving aside the obvious benefits enjoyed by professional and military pilots, the private pilots licence holder has been through a training program and a series of exams that together make the award of a licence a huge sense of achievement. The feelings a pilot experiences when flying solo and landing away for the first time and eventually being qualified to carry passengers are a heady mix of exhilaration, pride, and excitement.