Wednesday, June 25
By Brady Lane at 5:30 PM
Just trying to figure out what it takes to get a pilots license is quite the task in and of itself.
Like most people nowdays, I started my search online. The more I searched the web, the more questions I had.
Every site says something different — select an instructor first...complete ground school first...first you need to get your student pilot certificate...
I finally decided to meet with a couple pilot friends to help clear the clouds. I basically learned there are many different ways to go about learning to fly.
I'm going to find an instructor first, then let my instructor guide me through the process in the sequence he or she recommends.
Key lesson learned: 10 minutes with a knowledgeable friend proved more beneficial than hours of "research" online.
So, surf the web, see what's out there, but then I highly encourage you to find a local pilot you can visit with. If you don't know somebody, locate an EAA chapter near you.
These local EAA Chapters are flooded with seasoned pilots that would love to visit with you and help you get started. Type in your location here to find a chapter near you...http://www.eaa.org/chapters (or contact the chapter office at EAA headquarters: 1.800.236.4800 x4876 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Here are a few helpful websites I found...
...and here are some blogs I found that also helped me understand the process. I will probably peek in and frequent these often as I start lessons...
If you know of other helpful, informational or experiential sites about learning to fly, please share them in the comments below.