What’s it like to pilot your own plane? Exciting. Inspiring. Humbling. Calming. Clarifying. Privileged. Liberating. All these and more are yours once you learn to fly.
Recently, I recalled the feelings of flight and how I learned to fly. Every pilot trains to fly through a simple and effective process.
Flight training begins when the instructor walks you around the plane for a pre-flight visual check of various moving surfaces. He then explains the instruments and takes you up while you watch and ask questions. The next several lessons you fly the plane with the instructor beside you. As you practice, he directs, evaluates and positively critiques you while he continues to show and tell.
After some 10-30 hours of learning, you’ll have to pass a written exam. Then comes your solo. If the instructor feels you’re competent to fly safely in good conditions, you usually fly three circuits around the airport. Upon successful completion, you get your shirttail cut off and you’re an official student pilot! You go on to become a better pilot as you continue to learn from others by swapping stories, watching other pilots, hanging around old pros and of course, practicing.
Show, tell, practice, positive evaluation, repetition, solo and lifestyle learning. That’s an effective process for learning to fly. And to share Christ.