Succeeding often.

I like to write articles that end with a solution. I hope it helps you in your studies or training. I haven’t flown this week.

This time I open my logbook to try to explain how I personally managed to succeed in becoming a private, and then a proffessional pilot.

One thing I knew from the start is that the course would require an appreciable amount of work on my part, and there was a distinct possibility that I might not succeed. However, when I attended the first course, I knew that whatever the outcome, I would learn things that are useful in everyday life. Whatever happens, the adventure will be beneficial.

I was fortunate to have teachers who not only taught me all the necessary skills to succeed, but we also able to instill a love for aviation.

During my familiarization flight, explaining how little is required to achieve takeoff, he said, “This is normal, the plane wants to fly.” We now had a common objective. A healthy relationship is created right then and there.

Instant gratification is not achivevable in flight school. Therefore, I always aimed for a small achievable goal , and then took great satisfaction in reaching it. It begins just with mastering basic flight skills, then pass the P-Star exam, landing without assistance, the first solo, the written exam, solo navigation, the cross country flight, the flight test, obtaining the license … Each step being a spectacular victory worth celebrating. If I had focused only on being captain of an Airbus A380 from the start, I could easily have becomed overwhelmed by the task at hand, and give up altogether.

The other thing that helped me was to do a few projects related to the flying lessons . I programmed my handheld GPS with navigation aids, which necessarily taught me the intricacies of aeronautical charts and the meaning of all their symbols. I recorded and played back at slow speed ATC communications through LiveATC.net. I bought a small handheld scanner and observed aircraft doing circuit from my balcony listening to 118.2. This way getting the radio license was simpler.

So in conclusion, flight school is an adventure in itself. Celebrating each small accomplishment will make the ultimate victory come that much faster.

Alain Pepin, January 2014

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