Looking back over the progression of professional flight training, there are a few things that airline captain Sam Weigel now wishes that he knew then.
This week, Weigel details six of those.
For one, use of the trim is a skill to be honed early and used often. “Early in your training, get in the habit of constantly trimming and you’ll find the flying much easier,” Weigel says.
For another example, go-arounds shouldn’t be considered failures, either, according to Weigel. He says all his scary landings stemming from botched approaches during training could have all been prevented with a timely decision to just go around.
“Let me tell you something that will make things easier,” he says. “An approach is a maneuver that ends in either a landing or a go-around, and either is a perfectly normal outcome.”