You and Your FAA Private Pilots License: Education that lasts a lifetime
A pilot can not ever be too educated. We are not talking about an Einstein type of smarts; we are talking about education in the characteristics of the aircraft you are operating and the conditions you are operating that aircraft under.
Even though you are probably only preparing to take your FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test, I am going to ask you to look into the future and consider your follow on education.
Many people attend a traditional classroom type of ground school to prepare for their FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test. This is effective and most schools have a high pass rate, especially because the pass rate reflects on the school itself.
You pay the school to prepare you to pass the test, that is their responsibility, and that is where their responsibility ends. Your education and understanding of aeronautics is your responsibility and that responsibility never ends.
Ground schools have been around for decades and they have not changed very much. What has changed dramatically is the advent of the Internet and pilot education. The creativity, graphics and absolute knowledge that is had from a single DVD or a thirty-second download will put any ground school to shame. You are the only obstacle to the amount of knowledge you want to acquire.
You can talk to any experienced pilot and they will testify that experience counts. That is the truth; experience does count. The fact is because; the experience that counts came from a book first. That experience was either technical (how to start the aircraft) or it was theoretical (what to do if this happens), but either way that experience started from a textbook source. Applying that information in flight is a practical experience, but you had to get it on the ground before you knew to use it in the air.
We used an emergency as an example in an earlier article. In that example, the aircraft was flying heavy (but within limits) and a tail wind caused it to lose most or all of its airspeed and the aircraft nosed up. Usually this will result in a stall and the aircraft will actually start “flying” in reverse.
The only preparation for this situation is your knowledge of flight characteristic that you obtain through books and classroom training.
This is just another reason why an online education is far superior to a simple weekend class. The same quality online course that prepared you for your FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test also has hundreds of theoretical flight scenarios specifically designed for your safety and the safety of others.