Getting the Most from Your Flight Training by Darren Smith is the essential guide to becoming a better pilot, paying the least, getting the most, and finishing as quickly as possible. It includes sections on Becoming a Better Pilot, Ground & Flight Instruction Tips, and Earning Certificates & Ratings.
Darren Smith, a CFII and ATP who has written several books about flying, is the author of a book that helps you become a better pilot while paying the least, getting the most, and finishing as quickly as possible. Smith includes advice on getting started, how to select a flight instructor, getting into the airlines, and an introduction to radio communications. The nitty-gritty advice on saving money is found in the sections on ground and flight instruction.
What's Inside This Book? (59 of the 1000 questions this book answers):
How to prevent a flight instructor from milking you for hours, page 6
The proper sequence of Private Pilot Training, page 8
How to get the least expensive ground training, page 10
How to get the first 5-10 hours at the lowest cost, page 12 (and make sure you dont get stuck with a lemon CFI)
How to select the best flight instructor for you, page 15
How to get on a path to an airline career, page 17 (remember seniority is everything and here are some secrets)
How to get flight training for free if you're a veteran, page 19
Part 61 or Part 141, page 21
How you learn best, page 22 (the average flight instructor will have no clue, you will tell them after you read this)
How to know if your pilot skills are on the right track, page 28
How to make sure you're not wasting money on any flight lesson, page 31
Getting past performance anxiety, page 37
What makes a pilot successful, page 39
Attitudes & behaviors that can kill, page 42
What shortcuts can do to your lifespan, page 45
The top three accidents and how to prevent them, page 49
The four things that will kill you, page 53
How a red rule can save your life, page 59
The distractions that can cause you to make mistakes, page 62
How you can enhance your situational awareness during any flight, page 64
How to avoid a gear up accident, page 67
The preflight briefing that you've never heard of that you simply must perform, page 69 (hint: SWAPAFO)
What to look out for when flying with another pilot, page 71 (gotchas that can get you both into an accident)
How to avoid an inflight breakup of the airplane, page 73 (how not to turn a C172 into ultralight parts)
The three things you must do if you lose control of the aircraft in IFR conditions, page 77
What's on the flight review, page 79
How to screw up a flight review, page 81 (here are the gotchas that can screw you up)
How your pilot skills disappear, how to prevent it, page 83
How to take charge of your flight training, page 87
What the cheapest flying can do to you, page 89
Eleven things you must do if you want to save money on your flying, page 91
How to get to solo as quickly as possible, page 93 (here are the gotchas which can drain your wallet)
What the instructor must do if you dont get 100% on any FAA written, page 95 (most aren't doing it)
Avoid paying your instructor to watch you preflight the aircraft, page 97 (a great moneymaker for any CFI)
Taking care of the lowest paid employee at the airport, page 99 (you'll be surprised who it is)
Things that make your flight instructor's skin crawl, page 103
How to avoid miscommunication with your flight instructor, page 105 (or any other pilot with more training than you)
The difference between a pepperoni pizza and a CFI, page 108
How to tell the difference between fact and opinion, page 111
Proof your instructor doesn't know it all, page 113
Eleven things you must do to get the most for your money on ground schooling, page 115
Thinking about becoming a CFI? page 117 (how to get started, you'll be surprised, its free)
How to make sure your flight instructor is the best, page 119
Things that flight instructors must do, page 121 (if their heart is in it)
What Bruce Willis has to do with your flight instruction, page 123
Why you'll eventually quit flying, page 125 (seems impossible doesn't it? so prevent it)
How to save $8,000 if you're going to be a professional pilot, page 129
What your instructor must do if you're going on a checkride, page 133
Thirteen surefire ways to fail a checkride, page 135
Fourteen little surprises the examiner can throw at you during a checkride, page 138 (and your CFI didn't tell you)
How to make checkride anxiety disappear, page 141
Shortcuts on the checkride, page 143 to 146
Eight things you can do to build your flying skills after you got the private, page 146
A surefire way to complete your rating, page 147
What can screw up your instrument rating training, page 149 (some of which you will never recover from)
How to save thousands of dollars on your IFR ticket, page 153
The one tool you should never leave the ground without, page 158
What the acronym CAPER means, page 165 (and I'll bet your CFI doesn't have a clue)
The things you absolutely must know about your aircraft, page 172 (to pass a checkride, checkout, etc)
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