Flight Training, Flying & Aviation Career Questions Motivation Monday
Let's get right into so Estrin rating. How do you keep everything straight in your head so instrument flying is is pretty interesting because there are so many precise technical details about where you are and where you're flying that you need to be obviously on top of those those things because we're flying to greater precision in instrument flying so really it's important to take notes on clearances dances you get and things that you need to remember in support to even take notes on say your instrument approach play highlight them things like that In four five for example there is a way to highlight your approach plates and kind of Find the areas that are the most awesome important and of course you can brief them there as well you can put those on top Geo referenced on top of the map and then in terms of you which is the most important part you just staying ahead of things and being on top of things that just comes with practice so those things that you could forget and could throw you off like stuff. That's on the charts charts and clearances. You get those are things to write down Of course there's a note pad area in four fight or just having a having a note pad yourself itself that you can write with is very important so Just takes practice. You really gotta get into that mode of being on top of things where you're at knowing what the next step is in your flight instrument and the step after that always keeping ahead on instrument is really really important Horton. So that's just a really short answer for that one in the hope that helps so this one is Kinda battlefield a little bit different Switching gears a little bit ownership expenses and upgrades and what to prioritize. And My short answer on this would be that you need to make sure that you are prioritizing those things that matter the most for safe operation of flying so if you are going to be going into instrument training for example and you're aircraft has minimum mum instrument equipment. Let's just assume that it's already iof are capable. Maybe it's time to get. GPS In prioritize that or prioritize is getting a G. Five zero replacing that vacuum system. Something that really helps you for that type of flying that you're doing and that's really my point is the type the flying that you're doing the most that is what you're going to want to prioritize. I think a lot of the times us as pilots. We we get. We get bogged down in the cosmetic things with airplanes so I would definitely prioritize the operational components that will make you're flying more precise better safer and you know going back to the last question kind of help for you in those instrument conditions say a than others at another one. I think of that Like from my own aircraft or the aircraft that I use is it's kind of an underpowered older engine and there's the option of replacing the engine which is very very expensive or I could do a couple of other other little tweaks like add Advantages to it or a stole cuff. That will allow me to do. More operations ends at shorter strips and better climb outs and things like that without upgrading. The engine we're talking about a five thousand dollar upgrade their versus versus a a forty to fifty thousand dollar upgrade on the engine. So just prioritizing some of those things and make sure you're just being prudent you didn't with the best thing for you at the current time that will have the best bang for your buck in your opinion was the most difficult subject for for p. p. l.. I've been thinking about this a lot and I've been thinking about it a little bit more. With what just happened in the Kobe Brian incident or accident accident. Actually that just happened and I think the most difficult subject for for p. p. l. and really any license is just that safety mindset that aeronautical article decision making that is so important for pilots. We have a bunch of different things that we have to worry about as pilots. We need to learn how to fly plan. We need to know the weather well. We need to know aerodynamics. We need to have the skills to fly the airplanes in in different maneuvers no takeoffs and landings and Of course slot of the math that goes on behind the scenes that we need to be aware of but I think it all comes down to decision making and Making Safe Decisions Asians in fighting those external pressures on things that would try to get us in bad situations and I think that's one of the most difficult things to teach as well you you know I I think part of it comes from upbringing and and just character that people have and how that plays into how they operate in an airplane but I think flying airplanes gives us the opportunity to look deeper within our cells and find out if there are things that we need to change in our flight operations operations. 'cause man the safety thing it always just comes back to safety and In those decisions that we make or the decisions that we don't make if that makes sense so I think that's the most difficult thing to grasp everything else is predicated on on that core discipline of being being a safe pilot and I have a golden rule. I say it a lot. I'll just repeat it for those of you. That haven't heard it before but my golden rule with flying is that I am going to operate the aircraft in in a safe manner so that I can return home to my family every single time so if I go on that golden rule and I'm sitting there struggling with the decision that I know that I'm going take the safest decision to make that possible and make that a reality. So that is my two cents on a On the most difficult subject for private pilots and really any pilot. Hello Chris I'll start flying school soon and I will fly twice a week due to fulltime job and they need taking taking one week vacation gets cut off but I think I kind of know the gist of the question. So fine twice. A week is a great frequency to fly three times times. A week is good as well. Sometimes that's a little bit too aggressive for people's budget so not always possible and it looks like you're also ah thinking about taking a vacation here or there or Or just one week vacation to hammered out. I think that's a pretty good strategy. I like like the strategy of having the steady pace that you go along in your training regardless of what rating you're working on but I also like the idea of intensive zip training. I don't necessarily think that intensive training can work front to back for everyone because I think that That we as humans kamins most humans get burned out and specially our brains need to catch up in the process and and just rest. I think rest is really important when it comes to training training so gotta be careful with that but yeah I actually think that having the steady plan of two to three times a week to train but also those those times where you take a week and you really go after it hard can really accelerate your training in the long run. It actually saves you money to do it that way but I think we need to be careful that we don't try to go into an accelerated rated program that from front to back you know beginning to end this. Just go go go twenty four hours a day. I think people typically just get too burned out by schedule Doc. So sounds like you have a plan that you're building for your training there and and I think you're definitely on track so good job. That's definitely a way that I would recommend recommended. Go through your training and I know that that answers a lot of questions for other people too good situations for via far on top. You know it kind of depends via far on top is is it. It's a little bit risky in the sense. That if you're via fire only pilot and you're planning on flying over some sort of solid alad layer of clouds. You can get into a trap in certain situations so I think good scenarios are where you're essentially en route and there are clouds that you need to get over but you know that your departure or your your departure airport in your destination airport or both reporting that they're fully open and you're not pushing the margins there. I think that's a good thing to do. But you know I had a flight a year ago. A friend in California and I went flying. We were going to do Across country and we had this situation where we did get to a point where we could do if our on top stop and we can fly over that area and go all the way to our destination but we also weren't very sure that the destination whether it was going to hold up or improve and so we wanted to. We basically decided not to go. We are we are en route. The weather wasn't changing. It wasn't changing to the forecast and weather like Like we had looked at and so we decided to divert turn around go back and not fire that layer. There is a bit of risk involved when doing that. Obviously if you had any sort of emergency situation you wouldn't be able to see where you're descending into so there's a little bit of that stuff to think about with with Single engine Via far over clouds it would really be no different than single engine. I F are in the clouds in that sense other than you're not Really relying on instruments the entire time you can see the horizon out there so that's kind of my initial thoughts just just off the top of my head. Just you know thinking about the risks involved of doing that But there are times when you are in route that flying over a you know a bit of cloud a a bit of an overcast layer or whatever it is is not such a bad idea so really just depends but weighing the risks is very important.