By Anthony Jean-Claude
If one wants to learn how to fly a plane, taking courses from the professionals at Cessna is an excellent path. For the first flight, you go to a Cessna Pilot Center, where a trained flight instructor takes you out on a half-hour “Discovery Flight.” During this first flight, you get a chance to familiarize yourself with the Cessna aircraft, its controls, basic safety precautions, and, of course, the thrill of being in control of an aircraft.
Once back on the ground, Cessna provides trainees with a full-feature, interactive flight simulator called the Cessna Flight Training Program. When your personal flight instructor feels that you are prepared, you will eventually be allowed to take your first solo flight. Once the solo flight is complete, you will go on to spend somewhere between 40 and 70 hours in the air, sometimes with an instructor and sometimes alone. Finally, with the permission of your instructor, you will be allowed to take both an oral and a flight examination with an FAA-certified examiner. Cessna’s training program prepares you well for the exam, and once you’ve completed it, you will have your pilot’s certificate.
About the Author:
Anthony Jean-Claude is the President of Maryland Green BioFuel. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing sports, and competing in marathons and triathlons.