The Prepared Aviation Student -- AviatorCast 117


Today’s Flight Plan

How do you best prepare for flight training of any kind? What does your instructor expect of you? How can you squeeze the most out of every hour?

Through my time as an instructor, I’ve seen a range of preparedness, from the completely unprepared to the fully prepared.

On this episode of AviatorCast I’ll share the ideal qualities of a prepared student. Regardless if you’re already a pilot, this is going to be helpful for advanced ratings that you’ll do.

We’ll talk about the paradigm shift needed to succeed at training, and what that means for you growing as a person.

We’ll talk about building solid study habits and why study can drastically improve your flight hours.

We’ll talk about asking great questions, taking notes, and having quality preflight briefings and ground sessions with all those things.

We’ll talk about taking care of yourself emotionally and physically to make sure you have stamina for the long haul.

And finally we’ll talk about being relentless in your pursuit of this dream to fly, working hard, being honest with yourself in the process.

It’s a whole lot to cover in a short time, but I hope you’ll find it helpful as you seek your next license or rating.

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The War of Art



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Chris, I recently listened to your podcast The Prepared Aviation Student. It had a profound impact on me. Over that past year, I have realigned my hobby, career, and passion objectives to aviation. My very first job was at a prop shop in Erie, CO. I fell in love with aviation when I was 16, working in the garage, sweeping, mowing, whatever task you could give a teenager to do at that time. The shop was located right next to the Tri-County Airport, so it was my every excuse to find an assignment outside to watch the aircrafts land and takeoff. This excitement followed me through high school, taking physics and aviation simulation class. We even had an opportunity to go to the United Airlines Facility, take a tour, and do a 747 simulation. Absolutely invigorating.

At Metropolitan State College at Denver, I attended classes with a focus on aviation. Studying with professors and instructors that had come from varies backgrounds in aviation; military, private, management, or otherwise.

Unfortunately, at the time, my needs took me away from school, and association with aviation.

The past year has been a major course correction for me, and all arrows point back to aviation. You spoke about having a paradigm shift, and I can see how that is necessary to tackle this pursuit. I’ve emersed myself in aviation publications, podcasts, and have sought employment or volunteer opportunities within the aviation community here in Colorado.

It is my desire to acquire my private pilot’s license, and beyond. I realize it will take an incredible commitment on my part.

Of course, mentioned time and again is the cost of instruction. I have begun researching different funding options and have come up fairly dry as of current.

Scholarships are something that has caught my attention quite acutely, though am unfamiliar with the process surrounding the programs, where to find good ones, and good organizations to affiliate with. I’ve also heard in your podcasts about the importance of a solid CTA.

As I become more involved I intended to contribute to the aviation community in whatever capacity I am able. I will be in a position one day to pick others up, and I will do so by sharing my story, the people I meet along the way and remove barriers for people who are in my position today so that they will be able to pursue a career in aviation.

If you have any recommendations on how I can further my journey into acquiring my private license and beyond, through funding sources, scholarships, work programs, or others I haven’t thought of; or any way I could be more involved with local enthusiasts I would love to hear it. Either way, it’d be great to hear from you!

Beau, thanks for your well thought out comment.

Carl Valeri does a great scholarship guide that I think he just updated. It’s a comprehensive list of available scholarships.

Also, if your intent really is to do it for a career, I highly recommend getting to a paying job as fast as possible. This would mean, among other things, borrowing the money to get your training done. There are schools that will do it part 61, where you’re just doing your training and nothing else, but also plenty of lower cost universities and community colleges, or tech schools, that have financing options.

In other words, I don’t recommend getting financing for just private pilot. But the old adage “it takes money to make money” applies if you’re going to get a job doing this.

As you connect back into the community, be honest about your position and ask those around you these same questions. Aviation is still very much alive because of the LOCAL community. Talk to your local people and see what’s available to get their ideas. Talk to people that matter, etc, etc. You’re going to find help, guaranteed. They may not pay for it (highly unlikely) but they’ll be there to lend a hand in some way.

Per the paradigm shift, MAKE UP YOUR MIND. If this is something you’re going to do, use all means necessary to make it happen, no excuses.

Awesome. Thank you for the response. Great ideas. Got to keep the drive alive. Keep up the good work, love to hear your shows!

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