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Learning To Fly: Choosing An Aircraft For Training
By Kyle Garrett
When it comes to pilot training, you will spend a great deal of time in a particular aircraft. A large portion of the costs associated with training will go to providing that aircraft. Considering this, choosing a training aircraft should be an important factor when deciding on a flight school.
Choose an aircraft you can affo
Depending on the size of the flight schools you are considering, there may be several different aircraft available to you. Even if your flight school only has one aircraft, there may be others available for rent nearby. When it comes to training aircraft, it is most beneficial to make sure you choose a plane that is in your budget. It may not be the hottest ride available, but you'll appreciate it more when you don't run out of money. This doesn't necessarily mean you're stuck flying a beater, just make sure you consider the toll flying an expensive plane might have on your training costs. For example, if you rent for 50 hours, cutting just $25 off your rental fees can save $1250.
Choose an aircraft you want to fly
Sometimes money isn't an issue or there is a particular plane you'd like to fly. In this case, go for it; the possibilities are nearly endless. If you want to learn to fly in a beautiful old tail-dragger or a your favorite new design, seek it out. It may cost a little more or require some travel, but if you enjoy your training, you will do much better than if you feel unmotivated.
Choose an aircraft you might buy
Owning an airplane is a dream many pilots and aspiring pilots have and there are plenty of aircraft owners out there. Despite what you might see on the news or ads in magazines, not every aircraft is a $4 million dollar jet or half million dollar plane. There are some planes that can be had for the price of a decent used car. There is a plane for almost every budget. So, if you're dreaming of owning your own plane, why not prepare by getting training in something you might buy. You'll learn all the quirks and you might save some time and money when it comes time to buy insurance. Further still, some aircraft manufacturers offer pilot training as part of the purchase price.
Thanks to the sheer amount of aircraft available a little bit of consideration is important when deciding on an aircraft for training. You're going to spend a lot of time in it, so should be something you will enjoy flying and that will enhance your training. Better still, you're going to do better and learn more if you enjoy your pilot training aircraft.