Fly Around Alaska Flight School
July 2, 2023

Top 10 Things You Need Before Starting Flight Training

Embark on an unforgettable journey of flight training with Fly Around Alaska Flight School. Discover the top 10 essentials you need to become a skilled pilot. Prepare for an exciting adventure in aviation!

Fly Around Alaska Flight School started as a humble one-man, one-plane school with a simple goal: to provide the best possible flight training available in Alaska. Today, we are proud to say that we have grown into one of the largest flight training organizations in the state. 

We are located in the beautiful city of Palmer, Alaska, where we offer a wide range of training programs, including private pilot training, off-airport training, and accelerated private, instrument, and commercial ratings. Our mission is to be the world’s most specialized flight training organization, catering to all your training needs, whether off-airport training, bush survival, or obtaining an instrument or commercial rating.

Get Ready for an Unforgettable Journey!

Embarking on a flight training journey is an exciting and fulfilling endeavor. To ensure you’re fully prepared for this adventure, we have compiled a list of the top 10 things you need before starting flight training. So let’s dive in and discover what essentials you should have in your arsenal as you take to the skies!

1. A Plane

Selecting the right aircraft for your flight training is a pivotal decision. The choice should align with your skill level, training goals, and comfort. Ensure that the aircraft you train in is well-maintained, suitable for your training needs, and available at your chosen flight school. To assist you in making an informed decision, we’ve compiled valuable insights on choosing your first airplane, which you can explore here: Choosing Your First Airplane.

2. Passion and Dedication

Flying is a passion-driven pursuit, so having a genuine love for aviation is crucial. Bring your enthusiasm and dedication to the table, as flight training requires commitment and a strong desire to learn. With the right mindset, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a skilled pilot.

3. Aerodynamics Knowledge

Understanding the principles of aerodynamics is fundamental to flying. Take the time to study and grasp the concepts of how airplanes fly. The Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge Chapter 5 (Aerodynamics) by the FAA is an excellent resource to start with. It provides a solid foundation in aerodynamics, giving you valuable insights into flight mechanics.  

4. Proper Pilot Supplies

Having the right pilot supplies is essential for a successful training experience. While the sheer variety of supplies available can be overwhelming, we have narrowed down the top essentials for you:

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  • Flight Bag: A sturdy bag to carry all your pilot gear. (Check out this one if you want to look like Maverick or Goose from Top Gun).
  • Headset: A high-quality aviation headset for clear communication in the cockpit.
  • Navigation Tools: Reliable navigation tools like charts, flight computers, and a plotter.
  • Checklists: Comprehensive checklists to ensure a systematic approach to every flight.
  • E6B Flight Computer: A versatile tool for flight planning, calculations, and conversions.
  • Aviation Books: Educational materials and reference books to supplement your knowledge.
  • Logbook: A logbook to record your flight hours and track your progress.

Most of these items can be found easily online.

5. Safety Equipment

Safety should always be a top priority in aviation. Before starting flight training, make sure you have the necessary safety equipment:

  • Aviation Headlamp: A hands-free headlamp for enhanced visibility during night flights or emergencies.
  • First Aid Kit: A well-stocked first aid kit to handle minor injuries or medical situations.
  • Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT): A device that automatically transmits a distress signal in case of an accident.
  • Fire Extinguisher: A portable fire extinguisher designed for aviation use.

6. Comfortable Clothing and Proper Attire

Being comfortable during flight training is essential for focused and stress-free learning. Wear appropriate clothing that allows freedom of movement and protects you from varying weather conditions. Invest in comfortable pilot attire, including flight suits, aviation shirts, and pilot footwear, to ensure comfort and professionalism in the cockpit.

7. Valid Medical Certificate

Obtaining a valid medical certificate is a prerequisite for flight training. Schedule an appointment with an aviation medical examiner for a thorough medical examination. The medical certificate ensures you meet the physical requirements to fly safely.

8. Financial Preparation

Flight training involves financial commitment. Before embarking on your journey, assessing your budget and making appropriate financial preparations is crucial. Research the costs associated with flight training, including instructor fees, aircraft rental, written exam fees, and practical exam fees. Plan your finances accordingly to avoid any surprises along the way.

9. Time Commitment

Flight training demands time and dedication. Assess your schedule and ensure you have enough time to dedicate to training sessions, ground studies, and flight hours. Consistency is key in building skills and knowledge in aviation, so create a training schedule that fits your lifestyle and commitments.

10. Supportive Network

A supportive network of family, friends, and fellow aviation enthusiasts can significantly impact your flight training experience. Surround yourself with individuals who share your passion for aviation and can provide encouragement and support throughout your journey.

11. The Desire to Learn and Grow

Flight training is a continuous learning process. Embrace the opportunity to expand your knowledge, hone your skills, and grow as a pilot. Approach each lesson with an open mind, be receptive to feedback, and strive for continuous improvement. With a thirst for learning, you’ll soar to new heights in your aviation journey.

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Join Fly Around Alaska Flight School Today!

At Fly Around Alaska Flight School, we are committed to providing exceptional flight training and helping you achieve your aviation goals. By equipping yourself with the top 10 essentials we’ve highlighted, you’ll be well-prepared to embark on this incredible journey of becoming a pilot. Join us in Palmer, Alaska, and experience world-class training in the breathtaking landscapes of the Last Frontier.

Give us a call or fill out the form below today and become a member of the safest pilots on the planet. Your experience with Fly Around Alaska Flight School will be one to remember!


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