An Introductory Flight is the first step for anyone wondering what it feels like to fly an aeroplane and will count towards your Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) if you decide to continue your flight training. Standard introductory flight takes 30 minute but can take more if you wish.
Your first lesson starts with a pre-flight briefing from your instructor covering the safety aspects of the flight and giving you a general introduction to the features and controls of the aircraft you will be flying. All PAN AVIA aircraft are equipped with full dual flying controls.
You will be provided with all necessary equipment and a headset so that you can talk with your instructor and hear communications with Air Traffic Control during the flight.
Your instructor will perform the take-off and landing and, once the aircraft is in the air, you will be given the opportunity to take the controls and experience the magic of flying.
Introductory flights are offered at a discounted rate, as a kind of promotion and they are a great option for someone who wonders if they should get a pilot’s license.
It is a short flight and your participation is expected. If you have never flown before, you might be wondering what to expect. Here are a few things to expect during a typical introductory flight:
- Your instructor will welcome you personally, might ask you a few questions to see what your level of interest is, and then will discuss the details of the flight with you.
- Introductory flights are usually conducted in Cessna 150 or Cessna 152 aircraft. If you want to take a friend with you fly Cessna 172. The aircrafts will be single engine, propeller driven in which the instructor and you will sit side-by-side in the front. Expect small airplane, but this airplane is designed and maintained for flight training and is safe and reliable.
- After takeoff and when on a safe altitude above the ground to an area where you can practice, instructor will demonstrate how to do basic turns, climbs, and descents, and will let you control the aircraft. Expect to participate. The instructor will ask you before giving you control of the airplane. If you feel uncomfortable touching the controls, that’s completely fine, too. Just inform instructor, he will continue flight and you may enjoy the view.
- Expect Preflight Briefing, including how to open the doors and seat belts and where to find emergency equipment.
- Introductory flights are conducted on nice and calm days, but turbulence isn’t entirely predictable, so don’t be alarmed if there are a few small bumps. It may be more or less turbulent than you expect it to be, but your instructor wouldn’t take you up in an unsafe condition, and a small amount of turbulence is quite normal for light aircraft. To fly more comfortable choose early morning or late afternoon terms for flight.
- Expect to wear a Headset to reduce the cockpit noise and to clearly communicate with instructor. They’re comfortable. Your voice won’t be heard over the radio by other pilots or ATC. When you talk into your headset microphone, only the instructor and any other passengers will hear you.
- You might not get sick, but you might. Don’t be embarrassed if you do. The combination of excitement and a floating feeling can make anyone feel nauseous. Just tell the instructor and he’ll get you on the ground as quick as possible. And don’t be discouraged. Many student pilots are sick at first, but the more you fly, the quicker your body adjusts to the sensations.
- During a typical first flight, you’ll brief for about 15-20 minutes, fly for at least 30 minutes and then you’ll want to allow time for photos in front of the airplane, and to chat with the instructor if you have any questions or if you decide to begin flight training. The entire experience usually takes two hours.
Introductory flights should be fun. Take time to enjoy it!