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If I was doing it all over again, I would not wait to turn 38yo to start my PPL training.

ESMK, Sweden

I started training at age 15, soloed a C150 at 16 (plus zero days) but didn’t pass my Private check ride until age 39. Flying has been a slow, life long experience for me, and other than a few discrete steps (like buying a plane before I had a pilot certificate) I didn’t plan or do anything in particular to get wherever I am. I bought my second plane much like the first one, because owning it looked like it would be fun. I never planned the costs other than to make sure they would be relatively low, and well within what I could afford. As a result I don’t know what I would do differently, and can’t answer the question clearly. It’s not much different than trying to say how I would learn to walk differently.

Flying and owning a plane is not a means to an end for me, it is an end in itself that had no clear starting point and has no agenda other than to do whatever I can do what what I have. Almost everything else in my life is a ‘program’ and my flying is not, it’s an escape from regimentation in that regard.

Last Edited by Silvaire at 10 Sep 20:19

After the PPL, I wondered for years about getting the IR but overall I think it was a good idea not to get it. I wouldn’t be able to stay current now, or it would have forced into a certain lifestyle.
I wondered too about entering a GA lifestyle : moving close to the airfield, buy a cheap plane or even a project and spend all my time & money flying or working in a hangar.
But I chose to put God first in my life and never regretted it.

The only thing I would do differently is : instead of trying to make EuroGA main meetups, I should have taken 10 days with a plane, alone or with another pilot, and make a big flight trip where weather would allow, as far as possible from my usual zone (somewhere like Portugal, Poland or Norway). Not trying to discourage young members Peter

Last Edited by Jujupilote at 13 Sep 11:39
LFOU, France

I would have spent time with a friendly mechanic to clearly understand what every component of the propulsion system does and how various malfunctions impact operation of the aircraft.

I would also have paid better attention to the human factors training, as I pushed the boundaries too far on several occasions. Humility is indeed worth more than most other attributes for a pilot, ‘old, bold pilots’ and all that…

Finally, I would have been friendly to the old-timers when I started. I was too arrogant when I started, and only now do I understand that the people I meet are half the privilege (and enjoyment) of flying…

Last Edited by AF at 17 Sep 09:09
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