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Re: Flight hours a week

Postby TimTaylor » Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:09 pm

There is probably some number of hours where it becomes impossible to actually absorb and assimilate. I'm not sure what that is and it would vary by person. Learning to fly is a major part of the fun of flying. Personally, I would not try to rush it. I think two or three lessons a week of 2 hours flight time would be plenty for most people. When I leaned to fly 53 years ago, I only flew 30 minutes a week, but I was in high school and limited by available funds.
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Re: Flight hours a week

Postby Warmi » Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:22 pm

My schedule was about 2 , sometimes 3, times a week for about 1 hour of flying and 10-15 minutes of pre-flight/getting ready + 10-20 minutes post discussions etc..
Ground lessons were completely separate and generally were being scheduled when we couldn't go flying ( mostly related to crappy weather etc )
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Re: Flight hours a week

Postby TimTaylor » Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:24 pm

That's up to you and the CFI. I guess some flight schools could have their own ideas on that. On any given flight, one student might get tired or over-loaded quicker than another. Remember, the objective is to learn to fly, not just accumulate hours.
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Re: Flight hours a week

Postby drseti » Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:25 pm

In my curriculum, students commit to two lessons per week (at assigned times, just like a college course). Each lesson is a three-hour block. Typically, we have an hour of individualized ground instruction (tutorial) at the beginning of the lesson, followed by (on average) about 1.3 Hobbs hours in the plane, followed by three-quarters of an hour of debrief and assignments to be completed before the next lesson. The exact flight time varies, depending upon what we're doing in that lesson, as well as weather conditions. If it's a nice day, we'll get in our 1.3 (or maybe more). If the weather is marginal, we may spend the whole three hours in ground instruction, on the simulator, or some combination of those. If the weather is really terrible, we may be in the storm cellar as the tornado passes overhead -- but we'll still be studying!
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Re: Flight hours a week

Postby Merlinspop » Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:56 am

As said already, much depends on the instructor, weather and what is being covered. And then there's your varying work schedule.

I didn't have quite the drive you did (maybe 1.5 hours each way), but my instructor and I had a few days where I'd come out for a morning session, usually reviewing maneuvers I had already been introduced to, then I'd go have lunch and relax a bit, then have an afternoon session where something new was introduced. Those days, if I recall correctly, were post solo and I had a schedule and comfort level that allowed it. I do remember at least once where we mutually agreed to cancel the afternoon session because I was pretty saturated from the morning one.
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