Whether you are an aspiring pilot, a qualified pilot or even a student; there are so many ways you could improve your aviation knowledge. In this post, I discuss five ways you could improve your aviation knowledge and how to ignite your passion for flying.
Follow popular aviation blogs
Following popular aviation blogs will help you to gain some knowledge. From our shortlist, here are the top three aviation blogs to follow in year 2020:
Skybrary: This website has hundreds of articles on aviation. It can be said to be an ‘online encyclopedia’ on aviation. The goodness is that you can access their articles without a paid subscription. Of course, they do not have standardised courses so the website cannot be used as ground school.
Boldmethod: This is a website run by professional pilots and seasoned flying instructors whose aim is to promote aviation. Their blog has helpful tips and articles that will build your knowledge. Boldmethod also periodically hosts webinars and other online events, most of which are free.
Stack Exchange: This web resource allows aviation enthusiasts to post questions which are answered by the aviation community. From zero to airline transport pilot tips, you will almost find what you need on Stack Exchange – except that they do not have standardised courses.
Depending on your preference, you could either get updates from your chosen blog(s) on social media (Facebook for the most part), or register for their newsletter. You may even elect to utilise both platforms. The choice is yours!
There are some really helpful aviation resources on YouTube that could help you to build your knowledge. From free flying training materials to general discussions on aviation, the site is a rich repository of aviation knowledge in video format. You just have to know how to use the site properly so that you get the most from it.
Hang around pilots
Pilots are not always busy people due to strict crew rest times in the industry. Hanging around a pilot and asking questions will help you to build your knowledge on flying and civil aviation as a whole. The trick is to meet the pilot at a place where it is convenient for them. Is it the airport? Is it the golf club?
Book a discovery flight
A discovery flight is a short flight not lasting more than an hour. In this flight, one gets to fly with a flying instructor usually to the general flying area. At a safe altitude, the instructor demonstrates how the aircraft works, the controls and many other tips. This is one way of building a mental picture of what flying entails and most importantly one of the ways of igniting one’s passion for flying.
Visit a flying school
A simple visit to a flying school will help you to build your knowledge. The first but most important step is to book an appointment so that a pilot will be assigned to you to answer all your questions as well as to explain to you what aviation is all about. Most importantly, registering as a student and undergoing formal flying training is the best option among all the options above.