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  • Bad Habits of student pilots..

    Posted by KGQ on January 10, 2024 at 8:05 am

    What are things for new students to consider when starting their flying journey that will help them to be better prepared when they are going to UPT? Hopefully this will help myself and others to avoid any “bad habits” of civilian aviators that we will have to unlearn when we get to flight school.

    ex. if you could do it all over again, what would you do differently in your flight lessons from hour 1-PPL.

    Thank you for any advice you can give or any reading/study material you can point me towards.

    • This discussion was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by  KGQ.
    Clark replied 1 month, 1 week ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Snip

    January 10, 2024 at 4:53 pm

    Great question! If there’s one lesson or theme to take with you to UPT it’s to be an open book, a sponge. I don’t care if you have 10 hrs or 4000 hrs, you will be taught a new way to approach aviation training. Yes, your experience might provide some key insight to help your overall performance but don’t let the way you’ve been taught to do something in the past limit your ability to accept new ways of doing or learning something at UPT. Those who couldn’t be flexible and unlearn bad, old habits or methods were the ones who finished at the bottom of their class. Don’t be that student. OPEN BOOK!



  • Clark

    January 11, 2024 at 12:12 pm

    The bad habits that got people failing out of UPT that I saw were mostly not studying enough or studying the wrong things. Stuff like memorizing the differences between front and rear cockpit of the T-6 instead of knowing boldface/ops limits or knowing how to request an instrument approach from ATC.

    The thing to remember is that you need to show up prepared with general knowledge of the airplane and flying so that the instructor can spend their time helping you refine flying skills instead of reading the pubs to you.

    And don’t get arrested

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