There is no denying that the aviation industry, along with many other businesses, is feeling the affects of the pandemic. At Sterling we have limited our operations to PSI testing and flight simulator training by appointment to keep our students, associates and community safe. Mandatory closures have put unexpected strain on students working toward their licenses and ratings, leaving many to wonder when they will be back in the air.
While it’s hard to replace the experience of flying, there are ways to stay connected to aviation and keep up with your training, so you are ready to resume flying when that time comes.
- Keep up communication with your instructor. Just because you can’t fly with them doesn’t mean your instructor can’t help you during this time. Sterling instructors are available to answer questions, review course material and provide guidance for simulator training should you so desire. Work together to create a plan for how to tackle your training once we are back in the air.
- Book simulator training. While we may be unable to operate aircraft in order to comply with social distancing guidelines set by the CDC, you can still fly in our simulator. With multiple configurations and airplane cockpits, including G1000 and multi-engine, our Redbird FMX Simulator is a cost-effective and safe training tool during this unprecedented time. Maintain currency, earn hours or just keep your knowledge fresh for when flying resumes. You can book solo time or train with an instructor.
- Continue your ground school online. At Sterling, we utilize online courses to compliment our practical flight training. These courses are still accessible, and we encourage you to continue where possible to stay on-track with your training. Private pilots can enroll and begin working on their courses ahead of being able to fly.
- Read industry blogs, news, etc. There is no shortage of airline publications to consume online. From YouTube channels and social media, to organizational publications like AOPA and EAA, you can regularly read/watch this content to stay current on aviation trends, updates, events and more.
- Review your training materials. In addition to online courses, you can spend time reviewing your checklists, maneuvers, training notes, diagrams, etc. There are plenty of aids available to use in conjunction with your coursework to keep training fresh and help you understand concepts until you can get back in the air.
Hopefully the tips above help you keep engaged during this time, and we encourage you to create a plan so you can hit the ground running when we resume training. Stay motivated and stay safe; we’re all in this together!