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Old 09-04-2014, 05:45 PM
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I will be attending ATP Flight School at the Concord location starting October 27th. I am a highly motivated and goal oriented person, just graduated college and have my PPL but haven't flown a great deal in two years. I'm polishing up now for roughly 20 hours before attending ATP, I already received my course materials IFR through CFI. I have been reading all the training supplements etc and my head is about to explode. I'm very studious and that's not a problem, I just want to make sure I study the most efficient materials that will help me most first! Any additional tips are appreciated as I prepare for this journey!
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Old 09-04-2014, 06:37 PM
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I don't know what your school has recommended you study; though if Instrument is the first thing, I can tell you the two things folks seem to have the most trouble getting a handle on are holding patterns and explaining the calibrated orifice in the VSI. You would be ahead of the game with a thorough understanding of those subjects. Don't try to learn it all at once, or your head might actually explode... Good luck...

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Old 09-04-2014, 07:01 PM
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read transition to multi engine, transition to complex airplanes in the airplane flying hand book. if you can get your hands on a seminole POH, section 7, 2 and 3.
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what gdpballin said.
If memory serves me, your first checkride is a multi engine add on for your PPL. Start reading the Seminole POH and the critical engine section of the ATP ops manual as well as basic operation systems for the seminole.
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Make sure to give yourself a reality check every so often. Don't just memorize the books and check the boxes. Try to read real-life articles, studies, accident reports, etc. Aspire to really learn how to AVIATE!

Situational awareness. Always keep thinking where you are and what's coming next, especially during instrument training.

Remember there's never a flight you HAVE to take in GA and flight training. Be safe.


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Originally Posted by Flyboyxc91 View Post
I will be attending ATP Flight School at the Concord location starting October 27th. I am a highly motivated and goal oriented person, just graduated college and have my PPL but haven't flown a great deal in two years. I'm polishing up now for roughly 20 hours before attending ATP, I already received my course materials IFR through CFI. I have been reading all the training supplements etc and my head is about to explode. I'm very studious and that's not a problem, I just want to make sure I study the most efficient materials that will help me most first! Any additional tips are appreciated as I prepare for this journey!
What you're feeling is normal, just take it one rating at a time or else you'll def. be overwhelmed, and especially if you try to get too ahead of yourself with the books. You're already putting yourself at a super fast paced school!

Know that you'll lose everything you've learned as quickly as you acquired it if you don't stay proficient after you've graduated - that is the downside of going the ATP route, it just doesn't give your brain the time to process and analyze it all before you're on to the next rating....

Instrument is about organization, staying 5 steps ahead and trimming the airplane right...

The CFI is probably the most difficult rating and the most anxiety inducing one of them all...but once you pass the oral...you'll feel like you can pass anything moving forward...

The commercial is a glorified private, lots of fun new maneuvers...except the power off 180 emerg. to land on a spot +200/-0. That one took me the longest to perfect.

Just take it one rating at a time and focus one being the best you can be for that specific stage and dont think or worry about the next one till you get there...those are my two cents.

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The two most important things on any flight are the next two things. Don't ever forget that.
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Old 09-07-2014, 06:22 AM
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Thanks for all the support guys! In the back of my head everyone's thoughts have been on my mind for some time. Glad I could hear it from others who have been there and continue to do it daily. The last two days I studied my Garmin 430/530 study materials and feel comfortable. I am gonna read more of my Seminole training supplement and review the FAA flying handbook on the areas mentioned above.
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