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6 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Flight Training

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Learning to fly? Here's how you can get the most out of your experience, even if you're stuck on the ground right now...

1) Come prepared

Just like any school, coming prepared to your briefings and flight lessons helps save you money and time. Use online resources and videos to get ready before every lesson.

If your flight training is on pause, study for your written test, so you're ready to take it as soon as testing centers re-open.


2) Chair fly

This helps tremendously with checklists for configuring your aircraft for different maneuvers. Try it, it's more effective than you might think.

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3) Be flexible with your schedule

If you can be flexible with your schedule, you can get more briefings and flights done around the weather. If you know there are forecasted storms in the afternoon, schedule in the morning.


4) Ask questions

Aviation can feel very foreign when you first start out. By asking questions, you can quickly start to put the "pieces of the puzzle together" so you have a good knowledge base for your checkride.


5) Practice makes perfect

If you don't brief and fly frequently, you can find yourself backtracking and repeating things during training.


6) Have fun!

This is your flight training. Make sure you're getting the most out of your briefings, you're flying during different times of the day, and you're flying in weather that challenges you (for example, crosswinds). This will make you a better, safer pilot.


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Corey Komarec

Corey is an Airbus 320 First Officer for a U.S. Major Carrier. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota, and he's been flying since he was 16. You can reach him at

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