Have Confidence In Your Flight Training
When you learn to fly,
everything is new to you. It is a lot of fun, but you are put
into situations that you haven't been put into before. And it's
a lot of fun but a lot of times it can be pretty spooky. Let's
say that you are flying for the first time through moderate
turbulence, it's really bumpy and uncomfortable and you are not
used to it. It can be pretty rough for a new student.
Also, another thing that can make new students a little bit
nervous is landing. And yes, landing is its own adventure. When
you are at a higher altitude, you have a lot of room for error
and you feel more comfortable. So approaching the ground can be
a little daunting.
So here's what I want to say to you, the student pilot (I don't
care if you have 10 hours of flying time or 10,000 hours, you
always need to be a student) - Have confidence in yourself.
Let me say this again: Have confidence in yourself.
At first, when you are just beginning to land, you feel like you
have no control over the airplane. It's only because it isn't
second nature to you yet. Don't worry about that. When you are
ready to solo, your instructor will let you know. Trust their
decision (make sure you have a good instructor though). They
have been exactly where you are now. It's okay if you don't
grease every landing on like a pro. When you are ready to solo,
you may not be Bob Hoover, but at least you are a safe pilot.
Many of my students are ready to solo before they have the
confidence. They have the ability, but not the confidence yet.
(Don't worry, I let them build their confidence as well before
There will come a point in your training when it will click. You
will get it. The final approach, the flare, the touchdown and
rollout. It will all make sense, and now you can work on
perfecting your landings, as opposed to figuring out how to not
blow the tires on touchdown.
Another piece of advice; when it comes to landing, or anything
that you are struggling with, don't get stressed out. Becoming a
pilot is fun. Make it fun for yourself. Don't beat yourself
up after a not so great landing. If you are getting too
frustrated, go play golf, or go fishing, or watch your favorite
movie. There are plenty of things that are less expensive than
flying. Make sure you are mentally ready for each lesson, and
remember to keep it fun.