December 20, 2022
Chair flying is valuable for pilots of all levels of flight training, allowing visualization of steps, procedures, and flows. Whether you are…
…chair flying is an inexpensive but extremely valuable tool.
But, what is chair flying?
Chair flying is exactly what it sounds like: sitting in a chair and pretending you’re doing everything you do when you fly.
There are two main benefits of chair flying:
Learning at your own pace and being prepared for your lessons, check rides, and commercial flying will calm anxieties and make you a more confident pilot.
You can “chair fly” the entire flight from pre-flight to tie down, or you can chair fly procedures and flows, like stall entry and stall recovery (example below). If you encounter difficult procedures, spending extra time “chair flying” can help you master them before your next lesson or flight.
Chair flying can be done:
If you are enrolled at a flight school, your school may allow you to sit in the aircraft before or after your lesson and chair fly.
This extra practice can make you more proficient, so the time you have in the aircraft, when you’re paying for both instruction and aircraft rental, is not wasted.
The following 5 tips can help your chair flying experience be most effective:
The cost of all these tools combined to improve your ground training is a fraction of the price of a single ground or flight lesson. It can save you hundreds of dollars by reducing the time spent in the aircraft and with your instructor.
If you wanted to practice a Power Off Stall in a 172, you would:
Pro Tip: It may help to record a voice memo of yourself speaking through the steps to play as you visualize the steps.
Some pilots find it beneficial to pretend they are sitting next to an examiner or instructor and demonstrating their skills. For each step, imagine you are reaching for the appropriate control (yoke, throttle, flaps, etc.) or referencing the appropriate instrument (altimeter, airspeed indicator, vertical speed indicator, etc.).
Remember, there are no shortcuts to practice and experience in flying. The more you prepare, the more you’ll be prepared.
September 22, 2023
You aren’t the first, and you won’t be the last, but knowing that you’re not alone probably does little to help you feel any less nauseous as you reach for the infamous “barf bag” mid-flight.
We’re sorry you’re suffering from airsickness, but it is not hopeless - far from it. Let’s talk about airsickness & motion sickness in pilot training.
June 21, 2023
When you close your eyes and imagine the career of your dreams, what does that life look like?
For many pilots, the perfect job is sliding behind the controls as a pilot in command of a scheduled airline flight or charter.
March 22, 2023
You’ve made the bold leap and are chasing your dream of becoming a pilot. Congratulations – we know how it feels to count down the days to earning your wings.
Today we’re talking about the timeline from starting training to earning your certification, plus ways to shave time off that journey while maximizing learning. So, how hard is it to become a pilot? Read on to find out.
Are you ready? Let’s get you up in the air!
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