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Alec Myers

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How to avoid three big time-sucks

Why does primary flight training sometimes take longer than it should? In this post I identify three traps that students fall into, each one of which sucks time and energy out of the training process, making progress take longer and cost more than it should. And these are three things under the control of you, the student, so the good news is they are all in your hands to avoid, or fix.



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Crosswind landings: you are not driving a car!

Dear and wellbeloved student pilots,

Let me get right to the point: to land your airplane in a crosswind you must turn the ailerons into the wind as you touch down. I’m writing you this letter because doing this is proving difficult for some of you, and as a consequence you end up sliding the aircraft sideways across the runway. This is bad for the tires, the undercarriage and my nerves. It has to stop.



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Please call in the downwind

FLYING A series of circuits the other week, at CYTZ, with a student, we were asked by the tower controller on duty to check in on the radio mid-downwind, rather than (as previously) in the base turn.





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First solo – Ken

WELL DONE to my student Ken, who today made his first solo, in FLYO at Billy Bishop. He flew a smooth circuit and made a great landing, and I have the video to prove it. Ken’s first flight at the controls of a powered airplane was in January, and today was his eleventh lesson. At… Read more »



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