2020 is (finally) coming to an end, and if you’re like most people, you’re looking forward to a fresh start in the new year. What flying goals do you want to achieve in 2021? Take a look at these five aviation-related resolutions to spark your inspiration:
Just like elite athletes, pilots need to train consistently to maintain proficiency and continue performing at their highest level. This year, commit to refreshing your flying skills, focusing on the basics like stick and rudder coordination, stalls, go-arounds, and precision landings. The more you fly, the more proficient you’ll become. On days you can’t go flying, take advantage of today’s advanced flight simulation technology to hone your skills on the ground.
Another way to build proficiency is by participating in the FAA’s WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program. You can earn WINGS credit through various online courses, in-person seminars, and webinars.
It’s never too late to learn new skills and expand your flying horizons. Make 2021 the year you earn your seaplane rating or tailwheel endorsement. Or, maybe you’re ready to take a mountain flying course and give backcountry flying a try. You’ll broaden your aviation knowledge and become a safer, more confident pilot in the process!
There are plenty of modifications that can help you get more performance, safety, and reliability out of your airplane, allowing you to truly personalize your flying experience. If you’ll be grounded during the winter months, here are some mods to consider:
At Hartzell Propeller, we offer a wide range of propeller options for the most popular general aviation aircraft through our Top Prop propeller conversion program. We can help you choose the right prop based on your airplane, your performance goals, and the type of flying you do.
Volunteer flying is one of the most rewarding things you can do as a pilot, and there’s never been a better time to use your skills to make a difference! Volunteer pilots are always needed for good causes, from medical patient transport to animal rescue, disaster relief, and discovery flights for children and individuals with disabilities. Check out the Air Care Alliance’s directory to find organizations currently seeking volunteer pilots.
With so many beloved aviation events and airshows canceled in 2020, we’re optimistic about attending flying festivities in the months ahead. But even if 2021 brings more cancellations and delays, there’s always the opportunity to connect with other pilots and aviation enthusiasts online. Join Facebook groups focused on your airplane or flying interests, or look into online discussion forums. Many flying organizations have active online communities where you can find helpful tips and advice.