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Telani Lithgow
Aug 16, 2020
In Flight Training Q&A
This post was originally submitted on my previous site on 2016-11-11 by: Michelle, South Africa. It remains relevant, so I re-posted it here: Hi there flyers, I thought perhaps it would assist me in overcoming this hurdle by sharing my peculiar experience as a student pilot training towards a PPL license. I have to say though, my training has been excellent in all my air exercises, from taxiing to landings, was on a good standard and safe flights in addition. All my dual flights I did experience many crosswinds together, as well as light windshear on final approach occasionally. Oh and severe turbulence late afternoons in this hot weather:-) I was trained very well, and I still am being trained:-) I just mean 'I was' trained to be above standard requirements to be released on my first solo flight in the circuit. Will never forget any details of that perfect day, and the pride I had once I successfully touched the wheels on rwy without any fatalities or difficulties, even though I did come in a bit high on final approach. I should have lowered the nose sooner on final, but overall I was very satisfied. I returned to the flight school a week later, and I didn't know what would we ( my instructor and I ) be doing next since my last solo flight. I went to do my pre flight check on aircraft, and was then told we will be doing 3 hours solo consolidation in that week. So about 3 dual flights and 3 solo flight, approx 1.0/ 1.1 solo hours each time. Well it didn't really work out that way! I ended up doing 0.5 hours solo each time and 6 dual flights! Yes it was a very expensive lesson. To come to my point is that I requested a full stop each time after ONE circuit. I can wholeheartedly say and agree that there is nothing wrong with my flying skills in the circuit so far, and nothing wrong with my judgement and assessment, situational awareness in the aircraft and visual surroundings. However I freeze after my first landing??? Its self confidence and a mental block I have. Any advise or assistance on this please???
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Telani Lithgow
Aug 16, 2020
In Flying in South Africa
This was originally posted by Andrew King (Hampshire) on my previous site, but, of course, I love what this man said, so have copied it over here since my earlier site is being dismantled and becoming this one. Well first of all let me set the scene: I'm a UK PPL holder and having heard about the amazing coastline and wildlife situated in Kwa-Zulu Natal I thought it prudent to spend some time flying around witnessing it all for myself. What an experience it turned out to be and it was made that much better by the assistance and kind hospitality afforded to me by Telani and co. Several "issues" had to be resolved with the SACAA reference the validating of my license and, true to form they didn't let me down, but throughout the process I was guided and coached! It was eventually resolved and the flying commenced....what a brilliant facility it was, that allowed me to tailor the flying to suit my holiday. When I did get airborne I was not let down with an amazing array of animals of which whales have to be at the top of my list among too many to mention other wild animals! So to round it off I'd like to express my gratitude to a fantastic team that allowed what could have been a terrible experience with the documentation turn into a brilliant holiday....many thanks!! Andy King
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Telani Lithgow
Aug 16, 2020
In Flight Training Q&A
Welcome to the Flight Training Made Simple Forum. Please make use of this forum as a discussion board to talk about flight training questions you need answered, or leave comments about your personal experiences. Keep Learning When I first became a Flight Instructor in 2002, I was afraid that I had so little flying knowledge myself, how could I possibly train anyone else? He replied that I had at least 200 hours more training that a new student, (Commercial License and Flight Instructor Ratings take you to between 200 and 220 hours depending on if you included an Instrument Rating in your Commercial License), and that I would be amazed what my Students teach me. He was right. My students still teach me, and I keep learning different ways to train people to fly. I love it! The trick is to never stop learning. There is so much to experience! I have a few more than those original 220 hours now, and have made a Career of Flight Training. Enjoy using your forum!
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