Success in Flight Training – Take it One Step at a Time

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Manageable Goals Makes it Fun and Keep you Focused

Our extensive experience in aviation education; including more than 20 years managing our own flight school, has taught us that customers learn most effectively when the training process is divided into manageable steps.  These steps or modules should build on previous information, creating a building-block approach to your pilot experience that saves you time and money.  Regardless of your ultimate goal, remember, everyone must solo first.  So focus your efforts on this most important milestone and be open to what may come next.

In simpler times, the private license was the “gateway” certificate allowing a pilot to add “advanced degrees” such as an instrument rating as it became necessary.  But now, the real requirements are greater for the private than for a commercial certificate half a century ago and for many people, simply more than what you need to do what you want to do in aviation.

A Private certificate alone may take at least 6 months and 70+ hours flying time.  The journey is filled with ups and downs before you’re able to begin enjoying the fruits of your labor.  Today, a more reasonable approach, and an approach more likely to result in success, is to take on the Solo first and then utilize the Recreational or Sport Pilot as the gateway certificate.

Pilot candidates pursuing these licenses learn how to control the aircraft, master simple navigation techniques, and safely take off and land on a nice afternoon.  Once certified, they can show a friend their house from the air, look at the mountains, view the city, or cruise over a beach.  In other words, experience the simple pleasures of flight that likely attracted most of us to aviation in the first place.

The Sport or Recreational training curriculum will help develop habits and instincts that will increase your likelihood of success in more advanced training courses and allow you to build valuable PIC experience along the way.  Your total flight experience will all be credited toward your Private or Private/Instrument training so it will not create any additional barrier to your end goal and YOU decide when to proceed.

Sporty’s very own Learn to Fly Course adapts this very same philosophy.  This unique resource is delivered in a three-step format: Solo, Transition to Recreational/Sport Pilot and Private Pilot.  Plus, you can stop any time and enjoy the privileges of the Solo, Sport or Recreational Certificate – which means your training is more fun.

Pilot training is a very personal experience and you will need to consider how you will learn best and what best fits your long-term goals and lifestyle.  There is no wrong answer of how to begin.  The important first step – start flying and get to that first solo!