Learning To Fly an Airplane: Beginner
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Learning To Fly an Airplane: Beginner

Real pillot lessons while practicing with Flight Simulator: The first in the series.
4.3 (7 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
61 students enrolled
Created by Howard Forder
Last updated 12/2016
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • fly any airplane from every aspect of managing an airplane taught in flight schools.
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  • Nothing. Everything is explained and additional items needed are supplied or recommended in the course.

This is a course to learn to fly an airplane, using the same lessons given in a flight school, where every pilot starts their journey to becoming a pilot. During the course, you are expected to perform the skills and practice maneuvers after examples are given. You are also given the option to upload your flight videos for the instructor to comment. You will be expected to buy a flight stick (joystick) or flight yoke and Flight Simulator X or 2004 to be able to practice the skills for flying an airplane. 

Everything from startup checklists, taxi to the active runway, maneuvers in the air and land without crashing is covered. At the end, a PC Pilot Solo Certificate is issued by the Instructor. There are two follow-on courses after this, Intermediate and Advanced, where you will get your PC Pilot Certificate. 

Skills learned here can be used to accelerate your real pilot training progress.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone of any age can take this course. Your love of flying and yearning for pilot training is the prerequisite.
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23 Lectures
23 Lectures 04:08:59

A fast and easy way to get you in the airplane and get you flying for your first flight. None of the theory of flight and none of the boring lectures from ground school. Let's go flying. 

Preview 11:40

The most basic part of flying: Straight and Level Flight. You will takeoff from Toronto Island airport and navigate to the practice area to the east where you will practice flying in a specific direction and at level flight. 

Straight and Level Flight

Discover Instant Replay, recording video from your flying screens and using FS Recorder to send the instructor your flying files. 

Module 2: Homework

As with real pilot training, you need to keep your checklists nearby. Here, we learn when and how to use them.

Module 3: Introduction

Using your provided checklist card, you will run through all the checklists that a pilot would do when first arriving at your airplane.

Lesson 1: Checklists

Using the appropriate area of your checklist, you will move the aircraft around the airport on its wheels. Eventually getting us to the active runway, ready for takeoff.

Preview 19:24

Here is a demonstration of the skills you need to practice in this section.

Module 3: Lesson 2: Runup and Taxi Demonstration

Before we can give it full power and takeoff, we need to know rotate speed, takeoff speed and cruise speeds. 

Lesson 3: Detailed Takeoff Airspeeds

You will learn the HASEL check and learn to climb properly. At the same time, a bit of navigation to get to the practice area in Claremont, north of Lake Ontario.

Lesson 1: Climbing and getting to the practice area.

Here you learn the theory of flight, then proceed to learn how to slow down and speed up while maintaining altitude. You are also introduced to Slow Flight, a necessary skill.

Lesson 2: Theory of Flight and Airspeeds

You will practice your HASEL check and then proceed to descend properly to an assigned altitude. You will also be introduced to descending turns.

Lesson 3: Turns

Although you have been introduced to gentle turns, now you learn the 3 main types of turns and conduct them precisely. All the while maintaining altitude. You will also be introduced to climbing turns.  

Lesson 4: Descending

With your downloaded Phonetic Alphabet card, you will practice using the phonetic alphabet until it becomes second nature. This is crucial in radio communications as a pilot. 

Lesson 1: The Phonetic Alphabet

Learn the detailed procedure to obtain airport information by radio before takeoff and during return to airport. 

Lesson 2: ATIS Information and Practice Area Communication

You will learn the proper procedure for speaking with Ground controllers. You will obtain taxi clearance both from and to the active runway. 

Lesson 3: Ground Communication and Taxiing

You will learn the proper procedure for speaking to the airport tower to request takeoff and request landing.

Lesson 4: Tower Communication in and Around the Airport

You will learn what altitudes and what directions to take to get to the airport. You will practice your newfound skills in radio work to obtain airport information before calling the tower at 10 miles out, with your intentions for "inbound for landing".

Lesson 1: Map reading and heading home.

You will obtain clearance to land once inside the airport airspace and you will conduct a proper landing. 

Lesson 2: Landing

You will learn what to do after successfully landing, including checklists, calling ground controllers and taxiing to the apron (parking space). You will also practice shutdown procedures.

Lesson 3: After Landing Checklists

You will learn the theory of the circuit; the rectangular flight path you will practice in anticipation of arrival at other airports. 

Lesson 1: The Circuit

You will learn proper procedures in the circuit for takeoffs and landings in preparation for your solo flight. 

Lesson 2: Checklists and Touch and Go

The sole purpose of this module is to get you proficently conducting touch and go circuits so that your instructor can sign you off for solo flight. You will submit an FS Recorder file of your solo for endorsement. You will receive your solo certificate for Simulator flight from your instructor. 

Lesson 3: Solo Flight

You will get an insight of what is necessary in the intermediate course. You will learn how to plan the fly and then fly the plan. 

Preview 05:01
About the Instructor
Howard Forder
4.3 Average rating
7 Reviews
61 Students
1 Course
Certified Technical Trainer, Pilot

As a Microsoft Trainer since the early nineties, teaching is a natural daily activity. Blend that with my various hobbies and we get an effective and interesting course delivery. With a technical background and a craving to find the best way to explain things, I get to bring the best tools and techniques to a Udemy course, plain and simple, with a lot of fun added in.