How to achieve your PPL – Perseverance is the key to success
There are many major landmarks to celebrate throughout training – hovering unaided, first solo, first cross country flight, qualifying cross country, exam passes and finally your license skills test. Some milestones, like your LST, require build up and lots of preparation but some, like hovering just click into place with practice. All are great achievements and if we were to sum up learning to fly a helicopter with one word it would probably be:
- persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success
There are many things to consider upon entering into a course of flight training and you may be focused on the flying side of things – Will I be able to pick up the skills quickly? How long will it take me to be able to hover? When will I be able to go solo? These are all valid concerns and you may have a number of hours in mind that you would like to achieve these goals by. It’s important to remember that everyone reaches different stages of training at a different number of hours, and for some it is easier than for others. Life events outside of training can affect how fast your training progresses, for example stress at work or family commitments can influence how quickly you pick up a skill inside the helicopter. Juggling flight training with life can take resolve and the path to PPL (H) can require determination and dedication.
It is common to entirely focus on flying (the fun stuff!) but be careful of your skills outrunning your theoretical knowledge. It can be easy to underestimate how much time may be required to put into studying at home or in ground school with 9 written exams to complete. At certain stages of training it is usually a requirement to have specific exams passed, for example air law pre-solo, so keep this in mind when prioritising what to study first. Many students look at the task of taking exams with large amounts of fear, (some may not have taken any exams EVER!). Your instructors and flight school will help to support you through them and often after tackling the first one, you will realise that level of effort and understanding required for success.
Flying helicopters is great fun and it is also a challenge. Perseverance is the key- keep going through the learning plateaus, the studying and keep striving towards your goals of a PPL.