So many times we are comparing ourselves to others, that is how our brains are wired. But, in the case of flight training, we are especially prone to feel bad when we are not progressing as fast as other student pilots.
I used to wonder whether I was progressing at an appropriate pace in my flight lessons. I would worry that I wasn’t going as fast as all the other flight students and I didn’t want to spend more time or money than absolutely necessary to get my private pilot certificate.
Then, as a flight instructor, I realized that even though different people learn at different rates, there are still things that EVERY student pilot should realize. Techniques on learning to fly should be accessible to all students, not just to those privy to personal sources of information, such as a family member who is a pilot.
So, before moving on to the meat of this post…..stop comparing yourself. Everyone progresses at different rates, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take advantage of techniques that has helped others get significant results in their flight training.
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