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5 Things to Know Before Your First In-Flight Lesson

If you’re enrolling in lessons with a flight academy, you’ll soon be in a real plane with an instructor. This will definitely be an unforgettable experience, but it can also feel overwhelming if you haven’t taken certain steps. Here’s what you need to know before your first lesson.

1. You Can Study Ahead of Time

Just because you’ll soon be in flight school, it doesn’t mean you have to wait until then to become familiar with things like flight controls, weather and aerodynamic basics, and the phonetic alphabet.

All of these can be found with a bit of research and can help you to feel a lot more relaxed when you’re getting lessons from your flying academy instructor. You may also be able to download or get a copy of the course materials prior to starting your classes, which can also be reviewed beforehand.

2. Improve Your Piloting Skills from the Start

There is a very simple way to become a better pilot, even before your first lesson: chair flying. Chair flying means sitting in a chair and visualizing each step of a flight, from untying the aircraft to external inspection, and pre-flight to actual flight. You can modify your chair flying experience any way you like; for instance, you may prefer to have a printout or computer screen with the image of the cockpit in front of you.

3. Review Lessons and Ask Questions

A great strategy for better learning is to review a day’s lesson the night before and come up with questions to ask while receiving the lesson. This will make for a richer learning experience by allowing you to retain as much of the information you’ll be receiving as possible. It will also help to lessen the stress of having volumes of new information given to you.

4. Learn to Rely on Your Eyes

Although the instruments in an airplane are there to help you, it’s your eyes that should be telling you what’s happening. In fact, the FAA recommends that pilots should only focus their attention on instruments 10% of the time.1 Keeping your eyes outside will help you and everyone on the plane to be safer, not to mention help you improve your skills for future training.

5. It’s Okay to Be Nervous

Your first in-flight lesson can be overwhelming, and it can also make you feel nervous. All of these feelings are perfectly normal when you take your first in-flight lesson. An experienced instructor will help you to feel at ease throughout your first time flying a plane because, although flying is very complex and involved, it shouldn’t be a negative experience.

Are you looking to get your pilot license at a premier flight school? Kingsky Flight Academy is owned by two airline captains with a combined 60 years of industry experience so that all students receive training of the highest quality and learn all the safety standards. Visit our website for more information about our training courses or call 1-863-248-2543 to enroll.


  1. https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/airplane_handbook/media/05_afh_ch3.pdf

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