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Why student pilots should start with round dials, not glass cockpits.When a prospective pilot walks into our flight school at Sporty’s, one of the most common questions we hear is, “Should I learn to fly with steam gauges or a glass cockpit?” Like most questions in life, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, but the prevailing wisdom suggests it’s better to start on steam and transition to glass than vice versa. (www.planeandpilotmag.com) More...
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IMO start even more basic than "steam gauges". Flying sailplanes is a great way to learn basic aerodynamics, proper use of the rudder, lift, energy management, etc., without worrying about control towers, radios, fuel, and other distractions. Once a person knows how to "fly" they can add all of the other fun stuff. Thoughts?
I am sure Sully would agree.
That's exactly how I started. Gliding license at age 16. All downwind since then..... :)
I couldn't agree more! I learned to fly gliders at 16! Beyond the energy management, and aerodynamic fundamentals, its such a peaceful form of flying!
Gliders, to tailwheel, to tricycle, all basic flight instruments, then progress to glass.
I agree, "Gliders" should be the starting point of a certificate. IMHO
Yep, I got my private in a glider. Then added on the SEL in a Citabria - have branched out significantly since then (still maintaining tailwheel currency). Between gliding & tailwheeling, it made flying planes like 172s or whatever seem simple. Crosswinds do not bother me ! Landing my DA40 in a 15 knot crosswind is a breeze - so to speak. :)