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Enjoy Flying for a Lifetime!

Flying is deeply rewarding and fun. One pilot we know says that she finds flying fun because, “it makes me feel competent”. But if you do not stay proficient, that feeling of fun and competence can turn into one of anxiety and frustration. So the first advice we give new pilots is to keep flying.

Plus, flying is more rewarding when you continue learning. We would suggest that you establish a program of expanding your horizons so that you will feel comfortable using an airplane to go to new and exciting places. You should periodically fly with an instructor to more interesting airports and conditions. If you learned to fly at a busy urban airport, you may want an instructor to introduce you to an interesting remote airport, maybe one in the mountains, or near a ski area. If you learned at a less busy airport, you may want to get experience flying into busier airspace and airports.

It is pretty much standard advice, but it really makes sense if you intend to use an airplane for transportation, to continue on and get your instrument rating. In our view you can’t start too soon. Having that skill expands your utility greatly and makes the airplane a much more reliable tool for transportation. Frankly, being limited to VFR-only flying far too often puts you in the dilemma of having to choose between being stranded somewhere or pushing your luck. And having an instrument rating gives you a lot more options when you are surprised by worsening weather. Finally, we think you’ll find that the instrument training makes you a better and more precise pilot even when you aren’t flying on instruments.

If you keep learning in your flying, we think you’ll find that flying remains a fun and engaging activity that you’ll enjoy for a lifetime.

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    • Pamela Olson, King Schools, CPC Advocate

      You should contact the folks at AOPA as they have a department that specializes in questions like yours. There are different types of color blindness and not being medical professionals, we are not in a position to advise you in regards to your questions. You may want to contact your FAA medical examiner and ask for their input. We wish you the best with you PPL!

      -John and Martha

  1. bandit44

    John and Martha, you are the best!! Thank you for doing what you do, and for helping me (and us prospective pilots) learn and retain the things we/I need to know in such a fun way. Much love and respect to you both always, Ross in Pennsylvania

  2. David O'kao

    hi,for sure i’ve got that desire to fly but how to start seeing i don’t have that scientific background,is there aposibility? Anything inconnection with aircrafts makes me feel oh my God,when shall it come to pass with me! Many thanx

  3. Flying Sweet V

    Happy New Year to the Greatest Aviator/Aviatrix, I thank you both for keeping us excited, educated and proficient flying over, ‘God’s good earth’. I share your site with all ‘newbies’ as the only way to pass “The TESTS”.

    Have the most awesome new year and again thanks for all your enthusiasm, genuine passion for anything that flies and the smiles we share. Vicki 

      God bless you and yours  


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