Learn how

to fly

It can seem intimidating to even consider learning how to fly. How do you even start? We’re here to help! Below we’ll walk you through what your journey will look like, the steps you need to take, and the resources you’ll need to spread your wings!


to fly

Hear from FlyGirl Natalie Kelley
Advice from

the sisters

Here are some things that we wished we had known when we first started on our journey!

  1. Tour potential flight schools to find the one best fitted to you. Things to consider are: how well maintained the aircraft are, is the school part 61 or 141, what are their costs, what the culture is like, and how busy the school is.
  2. Have your flight school / instructor sit down with you to develop a plan of execution. They should provide you exactly what you need to know and do – everything from how to get your student pilot certificate and flight medical, to how many flight hours you need, to what skills and events you need to do before your check ride. This will allow you to make a budget and schedule, which is crucial to success!
  3. Have your flight instructor provide you a syllabus for your training – and stick to it! A training folder will help you hold yourself and your instructor accountable. You will be able to track your progress and you’ll be better prepared for each lesson – and your check ride!
  4. Expect your flight instructor to tell you what you will do on your next lesson and what you should do and study to prepare for it. You should always have “homework” before your next lesson – it will help you get the most out of the flight!
  5. Expect your flight instructor to “debrief” you after each lesson. What are the top three things you did well? What are the top three things you need to work on? What maneuvers might you need to do again on the next lesson? What do you need to work on to improve?
  6. Don’t be afraid of or intimidated from changing instructors or even schools! Have a copy of the FAA Airmen Certification Standards, and check to make sure that they are preparing you appropriately. If your instructor is not “clicking” with you – if you don’t feel like you are progressing, if you aren’t having fun, if you don’t feel safe – find someone new!
  7. Consider using a formal ground school to boost your knowledge! There are many great options, from in-person courses to on-line.
  8. Find a mentor [hyperlink to the Mentor] and become part of the aviation community [hyperlink to the favorite organizations]! One of the best things about flying is the community and friendships that we make. Their encouragement and support will be soooo helpful and fun in your journey.
  9. Apply for as many scholarships as you can – there are so many out there, and every little bit helps!
  10. Try to fly 2-3 times a week. This will help you progress faster and ultimately spend less in the long run!