Safety, as with every element of life and survival, is paramount to training for a private pilot license and equally, once a pilot has been certified and is flying (for leisure or for pay). For some time, reports detailing loss-of-control accidents in general aviation, have been driven by relatively few but recurring causes pointing to fundamental problems in pilot training.
Being a registered student at a South African flight school entails more than just mastering the fundamentals of flying, it is also part and parcel of experiencing a whole new world, with safety at the forefront, always and learning a new world with its own unique language and skillset.
To help with achieving these safety measures and to attain the eventual qualification of a private pilot license, the information below is super handy:
- Always bring a checklist to help you get more familiar with your cockpit.
- Get into the habit of doing a thorough pre-flight check. This is the best way to avoid a problem once you’ve started the engine and your aircraft is in the air.
- If something doesn’t feel right, don’t feel pressured to go flying.
It’s better to cancel a flight when you’re not prepared or if the weather doesn’t look good. Also trust your gut.
- Always get a weather briefing before each flight… even if you believe you aren’t going too far.
- Always calculate weight and balance on board before a flight.
It is of the utmost importance for students and individuals training to become pilots to go through quality aviation training, with an institution like BlueChip Flight School, to ensure that they are equipped with all the skills that necessitate their handling of any emergency or unusual “not in the books” situation that may arise onboard their aircraft.
When choosing a South African flight school to train with, one does well to also check on the instructor ratings of the pilots who are teaching at the schools and are enabling the years of experience they have, to be passed onto the younger generation of upcoming pilots as well.
Times are changing and the technology and techniques in aviation and other industries are continuously evolving. There is no better time than the now to refine and determine standardized, structured training pathways that give special focus, within the private pilot license training period, to ensure students are trained for scenarios they may never encounter in flight – like losing an engine or icing on the wing.
Whether it is a tactical error or an operational error, the reason behind a pilot’s behaviour or resolution during a crisis, should never be compromised because he/she simply wasn’t aware of the safety procedures in place, to take.
At all times- the transfer of knowledge must be reinforced between South African flight school instructors and their student pilots.
Although we strongly believe that the journey to becoming a pilot is an individualised one, with different milestones and hurdles for each students and we have a team that endeavours to provide that space for growth and learning to each student, the industry we operate in must come together and ensure that the processes involved in training, selecting and hiring pilots must be a stringent one, that holds no punches when it comes to safety of the pilot, the cabin staff and any passengers.
Components that go together with a pilot’s capability to fly an aircraft are:
- Embracing more flexibility within training, to adopt a standard that observes competency or evidence-based training methods that target real-world risk and ensure a progressive and satisfactory performance standard.
- Acknowledging that critical skills and crisis-management knowledge cannot only be obtained through the number of hours in the air.
The quantity of the hours flown must match the quality and readiness of the competency logs shown.
Authorities governing the best practise guidelines within the aviation training industry believe that a renewed focus must be placed on the competency and quality of South African flight schools, as well as a system/structure that looks at the overall competency of a student working towards a private pilot license, not merely the number of hours they have in their logbook.
At Blue Chip Flight School, we have our own in-house accredited Training and Examination Centre for PPL exam takers.
The future and every industry of operation in the world is changing at a fast pace. The question we, as certified South African flight schools need to ask is: Can we achieve the necessary levels of safety, and produce the quality and the quantity of pilots that will soon be required to forge the aviation industry ahead?
Our Open Day is scheduled for Saturday 21 July 2018, from 08h00 to 13h00.
For details on our open day, our school or to find out more information about registering for a private pilot license, contact our team today.