Learning to Fly? Beware of These 4 Mistakes!

Learning and mistakes go hand in hand. As a student pilot learning to ace the skies, it’s okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them and not repeat them. 

Let’s not forget some mistakes can cost you dearly in flight training. So, it would help if you were aware of them and avoided them as much as possible. So, here are 4 common mistakes student pilots make. 

Take a look. 

Controlling Too Much and Firm Grip

When you gain control of the plane’s system, it can be challenging to use them smoothly. There are more gauges, greater controls, and more room for error than any other vehicle you’ve driven.

Let’s not forget about one of the reasons for this problem: the iron grip on the yoke. The aircraft is eager to fly, so let it go and relax. It’s your job to ensure that everything runs well as a pilot, not holding the yoke tightly. Flying is all about the art of grace and precision, and we can assure you that if you ease off you will be able to fly better.

Not Flying With a Trainer or Mentor

Gaining a pilot’s license involves several roadblocks. However, you can overcome the majority of these with the assistance of a mentor. 

The truth is, the first trip to the airport could be intimidating enough. Find someone to guide you through the process. It would help if you weren’t hesitant to ask for help. It’s a relaxed atmosphere once you meet the pilots on the taxi tracks. 

The more time you spend with experienced trainers, the more queries you will clear. Finding the right mentor could be a huge help in the many years to come. You can also consider taking a private pilot course for the same. 

Not Investing in Quality Headset

The most commonly used item for flight training is the headset. You’ll quickly discover which features and details are important once you start using them during flight. 

We’d advise against cheap used headsets for a few dollars. We see many students purchase a low-cost headset but then upgrade to a better quality headset after a few weeks.

The headset is the investment you make in your career in flying and, more importantly, your hearing. If you plan to fly using this headset each time you board a plane, it should be quiet and comfortable. The best headsets have active noise reduction (ANR) technology, which actively reduces the background noise so that you don’t have to hear the same amount of cockpit noise. 

ANR can make an enjoyable flight and protects your ears from excessive high-frequency noise that can harm the ears.

Another benefit of a high-quality headset is its comfort. The tightness of a headset and the obvious clamping force during long flights across the country cannot be a good idea. 

Other features that you’ll appreciate are:

  • Soft leatherette ear sealings.
  • Adjustable pressure clamping.
  • Swivel ear cups.
  • Head pads that can be adjusted.
  • More acoustic seals.

Not flying Often

If you can commit three hours per week to learning, you’ll be able to complete this task in the shortest amount of time and with the least money involved. Simply put, Go! Go! Go! Fly till you break the shackles of your fear!

With the proper amount of commitment and a bit of luck with the weather, you’ll be certified in one or two months. The more that you take to the skies, the more you’ll be comfortable conquering it!

Final Word

A great pilot right said once, “The moment you become a budding pilot, your learning will never stop”. We couldn’t agree more. Make sure you do not commit the mistakes mentioned above to ensure a smooth flying experience. 

What do you think of the above-mentioned student pilot mistakes? Let us know in the comments!