When I was a teenager, I earned great grades in school, played an instrument in the school band, and played a sport. I was never afraid to learn new things and was always eager to tackle all of the challenges that came with the learning experience. However, that all changed when I was finally the legal driving age in my state. I was terrified of driving and convinced that I would fail miserably at it! The feeling took me by surprise, but after some soul-searching and supportive advice from family, I finally got up the nerve to get behind the wheel. The "rest is history," as they say, and I soon actually became a great driver. I now have children and always tell them they can learn anything they put their minds too. I decided to start a blog to share my educational tips and help inspire others to learn!
Many people dream of one day learning to fly a plane, but few people ever actually do this. Some of those who never pursue flight training are held back by one or more common misconceptions. Not everyone can be a pilot, but if you have hopes of learning to fly one day, it is important to learn the truth. So what are the common misconceptions about aviation school and flight training?
Misconception: Flying an airplane is highly technical and difficult
Learning to fly a plane is not exactly easy, and it is a skill that will take some time to develop. But you don't need genius-level IQ or a membership to Mensa in order to learn to fly. It's common for flight instructors and pilots to say that flying a plane is about twice as demanding as driving a car. And once you get the basics down, it will start to feel natural — much like driving probably does to you now. Anyone with passion, drive, and average intelligence can attend flight school.
Misconception: It takes years to complete flight training
You may be picturing yourself spending four years in a college-like setting in order to learn to fly. But actually, flight training can proceed a lot faster than this. The certifications and licenses are based on the time you spend in the cockpit. Many flight students are able to knock their hours out within a year, and some can even be finished within months if they treat aviation school like a full-time job.
Misconception: Flight training is very, very expensive
Flying can be a really expensive hobby. Airplanes cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and renting space at an airport hangar is not cheap, either. But flight training, while not cheap, is not prohibitively expensive for most people. Many people can earn their basic pilot's license for around $10,000.
Misconception: You can't learn to fly if you don't have perfect vision
It is true that commercial airline pilots need to have nearly perfect vision. However, you do not need perfect vision in order to get your basic pilot's license and drive a recreational, personal plane. You will just need to pass a vision test similar to the one that most states require for a driver's license.
Learning to fly can be life-changing! If there is something else you've heard about flight school and you're not sure whether it is true, reach out to an aviation school near you, and ask about it.