Know what the lesson will be about
It is not wrong to ask your flight instructor what the first lesson will entail. This is actually a great opportunity for you to prepare for your flight training. When you are in the know, it is easy to plan ahead. This preparation is multi-faceted: it includes knowing what time the training will take place, the ground and air exercises to be conducted; and training resources to use to prepare yourself for the training. This is not an exhaustive list. For example, you can watch video resources on the pre-flight inspection and basic taxiing. You can also read the pilot operating handbook of the aircraft you will fly.
Ensure that you are fit for the flight
An illness as simple as a mild flu is reason enough not to fly. Sinus infections can cause severe pain at altitude. Always ensure that you are mentally and physically fit for the flight. Never let things to chance.
A pilot is identified by their uniform and identification. Dress accordingly and remember to carry your identification with you. If possible, carry your flight bag with you. Be sure to read the blog article “What’s in a pilot’s flight bag” for more information.
Carry your logbook
Every minute is precious, as it will count towards your required flight time and experience to be eligible for a flight test. Every pilot needs to have a logbook which s-he must record their flight time. Buy your pilot logbook and always take it with you on every training flight so that you can record your flight time. Your instructor must also endorse it.
Not all parts of the airport are for everyone. Airport security will often require that you undergo a thorough check including a body and luggage search before you can be allowed to go to the ramp. When you arrive early, you can undergo this process without the pressure of missing your training slot. We understand that some students have challenges getting to the airport. Be sure to ask our administrator for guidance. Our vehicle is usually available to take students to and from the airport in groups. This is a complementary service that Eastrise Aviation students never pay for.
Put your phone in flight mode
Cell phones interfere with navigation and radio systems. Moreover, they are an unnecessary distraction especially during the critical phases of flight. Always remember to switch it off before commencing your pre-flight inspection.
Always stay hydrated. Equally important, make sure you use the loo before the flight. There are no toilets in your training aircraft!
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