How we prepare for Trial Introductory Flights

Taking a plane for a spin in a trial introductory flight can be an influential moment in a pilot’s life. A trial flight is an ideal way to test if your desire to fly matches the reality of being a pilot. The experience can shape your impression of aviation for many years to come. As a flying school, we have to help you create a fond memory that brings forth a burst of enthusiasm to your pilot dreams.

To ensure you have a thrilling time and end up sharing our love of flight. We put in plenty of preparation, so everything goes off without a hitch. There are five key boxes we make sure we tick before you jump in the plane to reach this ambitious goal.

Behind the scenes at LTF for a trial introductory flight.

1. Temperature

The sun might be shining brightly, but if the temperature is likely to reach above 33 degrees, then the sky isn’t where you want to be. Hot days can lead to very bumpy rides and as a new student, there’s a high chance you could get airsick. If this is the case, then we may call off the flight and hold it on a day when there’s a better chance you’ll get to enjoy the scenery and not worry about being ill.

2. Weather

The view from the cockpit window is one of the most spectacular aspects of the Trial Introductory Flight. We don’t want the views from above to be hindered by poor weather conditions. To ensure you learn as much as possible, avoid unnecessary stress and can enjoy the views, we’ll hold the flight on a day when you won’t feel as though you may get blown or rained out of the sky.

3. Aircraft

A plane might be perfectly safe to fly but if it’s 40 years old, got torn upholstery and a broken interior then this can put a real dampener on your experience. We keep our aircraft in excellent condition to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible. Something as simple as a cushion for those who are height challenged can make a big difference to your enjoyment levels.

4. Briefing

Knowing how much information to give in a pre-flight briefing can be tricky — not enough can lead to confusion, and too much information can overwhelm new students. The most important details we focus on in a trial flight are:

  • Understanding how to control the plane
  • Effects of primary and auxiliary controls

Of course, if you’re super keen to learn more, then our instructors will be more than happy to share their knowledge with you!

5. Attitude

We know that going up in a smaller plane can be nerve-wracking for first-timers, so our job is to reassure you that everything is safe and secure. The last thing you want to hear about is last night’s episode of Air Crash Investigation! The reality is that safety should be the number one priority for any flying school, so we don’t want you to mislead you into thinking otherwise.

There’s so much more to a trial flight than jumping in a plane and taking off. Planning and preparation beforehand ensure it’s the best possible experience and sparks a lifelong love of flying.

If you’d like more information about our approach, head to our Trial Introductory Flight course page or get in touch.