A day in the life of a full-time student:
Full-time students are expected to be active in their studies. Full-time students will fly at least 2-3 hours a day, 5-6 days a week.
To fly one-hour students are expected to prepare for at least 3 hours to maximize the benefit of the lesson. Students are expected to study for at least 4 hours for every hour in the classroom. Learning to fly is an intensive, emotional endeavor. It is not simply a physical manipulation of the controls.
How does learning to fly work?
There are requirements including (ground requirements, flight training requirements, flight training device time (optional), and flight test standard requirements).
There are 2 parts to learning to fly. The Ground class and Flight.
Ground requirements include those subjects that are required for the written exam. Ground School can be done in a group setting, one on one with a flight instructor, or online as a distance learning course. Each one-hour ground class requires 4 hours of preparation to be efficient and absorb the information.
Flight Training. This includes the actual flight exercise. It is one to one training. Each flight includes a preflight briefing, flight, and post-flight briefing. Each one hour flight required at least three hours preparation to digest and absorb the information and be ready for the next exercise.
You do not need to complete ground school before you start flight training. We suggest to do ground school and flying at the same time. What you learn in theory you can put to practical use in the airplane and the lesson will be better remembered. In bad weather, try to focus on the ground classes.
Flight is not an easy course, especially at the beginning and if you do not plan for it probably. It has a lot of information that necessitates a motivated and very clear mind person. The good news is that most of the information in the Private License course is repeated especially in the Commercial course, Instructor Rating course and instrument flight course. The private pilot course is the hub and the base of the other courses. That’s mean, the more effort and time you invest in the course the more time and money you will save in the other courses.
Hints on saving money during flight training
Pursuing flight training in as short an amount of elapsed time as possible will ensure that you are learning something new each time you go out, instead of trying to re-learn things you were taught last time. As a minimum, try to fly twice or three times per week.
II-PREPARE FOR LESSONS
The more time and preparation you put into preparing for the next lesson the more you will get out of it. Prepare for the lesson by reading the manuals, memorizing the procedures, and visualizing the exercises.
III-PLAN YOUR TRAINING INTELLIGENTLY
Where the requirements for one course are covered in another course, make sure you take the courses in an order so as to minimize the amount of flying you have to do. For instance, doing the instrument rating and the commercial pilot license concurrently may minimize the amount of instrument training you will have to do.
IV-MAKE YOUR SELF BUSY:
Remember that each course has a reading and practical portion. In a good weather, Plan for regular flights and prepare for the air exercises. In a bad weather, focus on the ground and written exam.