• What’s your biggest tip for new pilots?

    Posted by Stefan West on March 29, 2022 at 11:54 am

    Everybody has to start somewhere, and learning to fly can be extremely daunting! What tips would you give someone who is just starting out? I’ll start. You’re going to make stupid mistakes (I caught the wingtip on the back of a fuel bowser once!) but it’s fine. Everyone does, even if they won’t admit it!

    Jonathan Cormack replied 2 years, 2 months ago 5 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Ashleigh Saunders

    March 30, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    Completely agree! It’s important for new pilots to know you WILL make mistakes but that’s all part of the learning process. They say a good pilot is always learning!?‍✈️

    I would say my biggest tip to new pilots is PREPARE. A lot of success in aviation is due to good preparation. Before your ATPL’s revise your GCSE/basic maths and physics etc. And before flying memorise your memory items. All help massively and will boost your confidence from the start!?

  • Stefan West

    March 30, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    ^^ This! My instructors always used to use “Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance.” And they’re 100% correct.

  • Peter Cox

    March 30, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    It doesn’t matter if you are doing flight training for the intention of gaining a commercial license and looking onwards to airline flying, or you simply want to gain your private pilots license and enjoy the pleasures of being in command of a light aircraft, enjoy the stage of flying you are at right now!

    As an instructor I witnessed students trying to burn holes in the sky as quickly as possible to get ‘the hours’ needed for the next stage of their training. We all have to complete hours building and it will be the only time you can really justify flying so many hours for your own benefit. So enjoy it, fly to places you think will be challenging and rewarding, go on that mini adventure with the aircraft and make memories with those hours.

    Plus it will improve your flying if you go further afield and give yourself challenges rather than another local trip around the same towns and landmarks.

  • Stefan West

    March 30, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    Can’t recommend this enough. I wasted so many of my hour building hours doing ferry flights to Cardiff. There’s nothing even remotely challenging landing a PA28 on an airport with a full ILS and 2400m runway! Kinda wish I’d done some farm strips etc

  • Catherine Burton

    April 1, 2022 at 6:17 am

    More people get exam questions wrong because they didn’t read the question.


    More people fail the skill test because they thing they did something wrong and fixate.

    Let the examiner assess. Don’t self assess. Nobody is perfect and the examiner isn’t looking for that.

  • Jonathan Cormack

    April 11, 2022 at 9:21 am

    As well as enjoying each moment also do think ahead to whatever your ultimate goal is. Once the ATPLs are done – if you’re on a commercial route – you’ll be qualified before you know it. So I’d recommend doing research, speaking to people, and make an informed decision on your preferred career

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