Thursday, September 8, 2016

Three earn pilots license: Clare Municipal Airport (48D), Michigan

Ryan Todd with his Flight Instructor Doug Dill.

Barry Wallace of Harrison, with his Instructor Dick Acker.

Andy Nevill, with his Flight Instructor Doug Dill. 

Exciting things are happening at the Clare Municipal Airport!  Student pilots are learning to fly and earn their Private Pilot’s License.

A very large milestone in a pilots training is the first Solo flight.  Up to this point, the student has always flown with an instructor who could “fix” any of their mistakes in takeoff and landing.  The instructor is constantly evaluating the student’s performance and their speed at which they grasp the different phases of flight.  Once the instructor is satisfied with the student’s performances over a period of time, the instructor then exits the airplane.

At this point, the instructor directs the student to make three take-offs and landings by themselves.   The airplane performs much better without the extra weight of the instructor and typically the students are awed at the new climb rate.

Once the student is back on the ground safely, the reality begins to sink in that  they have actually done this feat unassisted.    It is a very satisfying feeling and a huge boost to their confidence.  Most pilots still remember the day they completed their first Solo flight.  For those who have always wanted to learn to fly, contact the Airport Manager,  Gary Todd for more information.  

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