Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight
to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"Everything is easy if somebody else is the one doing it." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, March 26, 2012

Learn to Fly the Old Way

Ron Machado has a blog post about the Ultimate “Minimalist” Private Pilot Syllabus. That was published in 1971 by the FAA, when the idea was to teach students to fly, not to manage, an airplane.

Back then, there was no such thing as a "pre-solo written exam". If you look through the syllabus, you will see that the pre-solo instruction was all about flying the airplane.

The instructor who taught me to fly was a B-17 pilot in the Second World War. The instructor who gave me a "complex checkout" 20 years later was a L-19 pilot in the 1950s. The instructor who gave me a tailwheel refresher three years before the complex checkout was a former aerobatics competitor. I don't claim to be any great shakes as a pilot. If I can fly at all, it's because those guys taught me not how to manage systems, but how to fly an airplane.

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