The Restricted Radio Course

A new project is underway….

It is so often a challenge to get aviation enthusiasts with full time jobs into the same room on the same weekend to do the required Restricted Radio License!

We are in the 21st Century are we not?

So, my current project underway (the others are still being worked on), is completing the Restricted Radio License for South African Student Pilots so that they may complete this course in the comfort of their own homes!

VIVA the internet!

I will post again once this task is completed….

Till then.

Why I am writing the 18 e-books on “Lana Aire’s PPL Flight Training – Made Simple”

I thought you might like to know why I decided to slog away at creating really awesome, down to the point, flight training manuals, exercise by exercise.

This is why:
Because I believe that, as a student pilot:

– you’d like to feel prepared
– you’d like to get the maximum out of your flights by understanding the principles behind each lesson
– you’d like to keep your ground briefings tight and get in the air while the weather is good
– you’d like to be “ahead of the game”
– you understand that being prepared saves you money in the air.

I am also making them available exercise by exercise, so you can try one out without committing yourself to the whole lot. I am sure not everyone will enjoy my teaching style as it is well known that you can please all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but mostly just some of the people some of the time. Eish, this writing thing is tough.

It might interest you to know that flight training isn’t the be all and end all for the majority of pilots.  Most flight instructors do flight instruction for one purpose: to build their own hours without having to fork out the dough (and even make a few cents in the process).

Why? Because with under 1000 hours in your logbook, you are unlikely to get a job. Some
guys know the right people, or are at the right place at the right time and get a flying job with less than 1000 hours, but most don’t.

As a pilot, your hands are on the controls of what represents a whole lot of money.  Insurance companies don’t enjoy forking out for crashed aircraft due to incompetent or inexperienced pilots.  They therefore have to rely on the aircraft owners to weed out the former, and they usually apply heavy insurance penalties to the aircraft if the pilot(s) are inexperienced, aka <1000 logged hours, or have little time on the class or type.

So how does this relate to the Lana Aire Flight Training e-books?

I have been instructing for many years.  I have looked and listened. I am writing these books, (and plan to follow up with video presentations), because so many instructors just want to get down to the flying.

Most do a reasonable job on pre-flight briefings.  Some give fantastic briefings.

Not every instructor has the patience  or teaching ability to give a thorough briefing to every student every time.

Most instructors do not prepare every briefing with care and consideration, because truthfully, it is akin to writing a big, fat manual! And pilots start flying to, well, um, FLY! Not to WRITE MANUALS! For crying in a bucket.

Don’t get me wrong.  There are many magnificent instructors out there, and I have learned a lot from my colleagues. I just thought I would do us all a favour and provide this information to make your life as a student pilot, and my fellow flight instructor’s lives, a whole lot easier.

I in the sky

Flight training the world over is essentially the same; it is just the accent that changes slightly from place to place. This is meant both literally and figuratively. You will find different emphasis in your training when flying in a hot climate versus flying in a cold climate, yet the underlying lessons remain the same.

There are eighteen basic lessons to be mastered (to some degree), when you first take to the skies, but you will be able to actually fly the airplane after completing only three exercises, and land after completing only five! The reason you need to do all eighteen to get your license is because dying young is no longer fashionable, and it is kind of cool to be able to find your way around without making a complete nuisance of yourself.

Is learning to fly difficult? Absolutely! Is it impossible? Hell NO! It is difficult to learn to fly… very difficult; that is, only until it becomes easy.

Like any new skill, there is a very steep learning curve that, once suffered through, levels into a plateau.  For some, it will remain on the plateau, for others, it will begin a gradual descent, and for yet others, there will continue to be a rise.

No matter what type of pilot you become, a solid foundation is vital.

I looked long and hard for a friendly, easy to understand e-books that would give all the information I give to my students as a career Flight Instructor.

Eventually, I just started writing them. 

When I am done, there will be 18 e-books covering the 18 flight training exercises.  For now, there are two: “Lana Aire’s Flight Training – Made Simple – Ex 1 – Familiarisation with the aircraft”; and Lana Aire’s Flight Training – Made Simple – Ex 2 – Preparation for and action after flight” available on Amazon Kindle e-books.