Becoming a pilot has never been this easier, more so in the Malawian context where you can now learn to fly from the PPL to the Airline pilot’s licence. In view of this positive development, I have summarised ten key tips that the aspiring pilot would really find useful. In this first part, I share five of the same.
1. Start with ground school
You may have and surely will read repeatedly on our blog that we recommend that you start with ground school. This is because it is often the part that takes longer to complete than the flying component of the course.
With good weather and availability of an aircraft, you could complete your Malawi private pilot licence flight training in as little as three weeks. However, ground school is likely to take you at least 3 months and often more than that.
2. Fly often
Once you have started flying training, you need to fly often. Without practice, new flying skills often erode pretty quickly. Flying often will help you to progressively build your flying skills as well as the airmanship that every pilot needs to fly in a challenging but rewarding world.
3. Befriend your instructor
By building rapport with your instructor, you will ensure that a more friendly learning environment is cultivated. Avoid the temptation of falling in love though as it could also ruin things. A professional relationship is all you need. Nothing else!
4. Cut costs
Of course we have an online ground school at Eastrise Aviation. This eliminates the need for books. However at other flight schools that do not have this facility, buying books is an expense that can be reduced. For example, instead of buying new books, you could perhaps buy used aviation training manuals within Malawi from other students who have passed that stage and no longer need the books or other training materials. You could negotiate purchasing them at a lower price than you would normally buy a book that comes straight from the shelf. Cutting costs should be one of your priorities but do not sacrifice quality for price!
5. Avoid the solo plateau
A solo plateau is a stage where you are just stuck and due to some reasons, you are unable to go solo. Factors include the student not yet acquiring the competency that is required, or not clearing some knowledge tests to mention two reasons. By focusing on completing ground school and clearing your exams, you are more likely to reduce a solo plateau caused by these factors.