Learning to Fly
the Three Step Plan
Learning to fly can be quite intimidating. There is a tremendous amount of information to learn, remember and implement at the right time. If there were only a way...
Voila! There is a way! I don't know if I have ever seen this in any flying method but it works for me and I'm sure it will work for you. All of the information in learning to fly can be put into three simple steps. You could easily remember three things and learn how to use them couldn't you?
Think about it. A lot of things come in threes. Ready, Aim, Fire. Lights, Camera, Action. Friends, Romans, Countrymen... Threes are a very natural occurrence that you find in nature everywhere. In flying you take off, fly around, and land. In the pattern you use three speeds, on downwind, base and final. Maybe there is something to the "three" thing.
So does everything in flying fall into place in threes? Guess what! No! So what's the point here? The point and what I want you to come away with is that you shouldn't see all of this flying knowledge as such an incredibly difficult mass of information that is impossible to master. Just remember three things that are valuable in a given task. Just like the air speeds in the pattern, other activities in your flying can be done in threes.
When you take off you could remember "full power, straight with the rudder, ease back on the stick". It there more to it? Yes, but if you get those few things right you will add the others as you need to. Now that you're in the air, climb out at 55, keep straight off the end of the runway, look for aircraft. Take each section of the flight and put it in three simple steps. You will be surprised to see how easy you can remember what to do when broken down this way.
I know this isn't earth shattering but learning to fly in three steps is a lot easier that one hundred steps.
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