It’s that time of year again. School’s out, family vacations are in full swing, and beautiful flying weather is ahead of us. We’ve been fortunate to have an unusually wet spring season, which means the once brown fields of winter should now be nice and green as we fly overhead.
As I drove up to the airport this morning, I was reminded of how much I love this season for flying. At the first peak of sunlight, students and instructors alike are out on the ramp pre-flighting and starting their planes and launching for today’s lessons. The skies are clear. The winds are calm. And what’s even better is that there are few weather obstacles to deter students from completing their training goals. Although learning to fly during the winter months is a valuable experience because it teaches how to deal with all types of weather, it’s nice to have a bit of a reprieve from the delays that inclement weather usually brings.
I remember when I was training as a student. The summer months offered the consistency I needed to finish up my Instrument and Commercial, as well as begin my CFI training, all in just a few short months. The favorable weather allowed me to plan trips that otherwise would be difficult in a small, single-engine piston airplane with my limited amount of flying experience. From Dallas, I flew to New Orleans, Destin, and Oshkosh to name a few. It was one of the most memorable seasons in my training.
The summer months offer a great opportunity to finish up that rating that seems to keep dragging along for one reason or another. It’s also a time when many pilots will fly with their families for summer vacations. Before doing so, it’s a great idea to go up with an instructor to knock the rust off those landings and ATC procedures so that you’re 100% confident with your proficiency.
Whatever your plans this summer, American Flyers would be happy to help you. Our National Support Team and School Managers are experts at looking at what you want to accomplish and identifying a gameplan to get you the desired result. Even if you’re not sure what you need exactly, we can take a look at your logbook and then create a roadmap to help you cross the finish line. One of the things that American Flyers has always been known for is their ability to take a customer’s scheduled availability and help them achieve their training goals in the most efficient timeframe possible.
You can call or even drop in at one of our 6 locations across the US. We’d love to talk to you and help you have a great summer of flying!