Everyone should learn to fly a plane – The Observer

Everyone should learn to fly an airplane. The outside knowledge it provides will live with you throughout your life.

Nothing gives more self-satisfaction than landing alone in an airplane for the first time.

Flight Basics

You can fly a plane alone or solo from the age of 16. Once solo, you can fly anywhere with your instructor’s approval. Once you have accumulated 40 hours and reached the age of 17, you can obtain a private pilot license.

From there, you have a full range of flights and can bring your friends to experience the flight with you. When you first think of flying an airplane, you may think it’s overwhelming and terrifying to do, but maybe that should be your reasoning for learning to fly. No instructor will allow you to solo unless they are 100% sure you are capable of flying the plane, which should be reassuring.

As someone who has soloed, I realize the dread that comes with preparing for your first solo, but it’s worth it.

Once your wheels are up and you’ve entered the pattern, navigation is smooth. You will experience self-mastery like never before.

You’ll feel a tranquility wash over your body as your wheels squeal on your first solo landing; and from there you will fall in love with living above the clouds.

External knowledge that the flight brings to you

Flying can also be informative. You will learn communication skills when talking to air traffic control (ATC), how to stay calm in an emergency, and you can learn about the landscape and nature around you in a completely different way.

Communication skills may not be the first thing you think of when thinking about being a good pilot, but they are important. Speaking slowly and precisely is essential for successful communication between pilots and ATC. They will read the information to you and you should pay attention and repeat the information to ATC.

The communication skills you get while flying are especially important because they teach you how to talk to people in ways that get your point across.

Panicking in an emergency is the worst thing you can do.

While learning to fly, your instructor will do simulated emergency situations. You will most likely experience engine failure and a stall. They do this so you know how to recover in case something like this happens in real life.

It teaches you how to stay calm, communicate, and find your best way to survive. You don’t have time for a moment of panic when you lose 5,000 feet per minute, you learn to stay calm and collected.

When your instructor cuts the power to simulate an engine failure without your knowledge, you quickly learn to use your muscle memory to maintain altitude and avoid a crash landing.

It sounds daunting, but once you do it for the first time, you realize a different kind of self-confidence.

If you like beautiful landscapes, flying can be your ally.

Being able to see mountains, rivers and oceans from the air is truly a different experience.

Flying allows you to experience your surroundings in a different way that you cannot experience elsewhere.

Besides the life experiences that flying gives you, it’s also a slight flex to say you can fly an airplane.

Times are changing, women in aviation have never been popular until recently. Flight organizations around the world are urging women to learn to fly.

As the mainstream male career slowly becomes neutral, everyone should go out and learn to fly. It can even calm your nerves when traveling on commercial planes.

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