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5 Aviation New Year’s Resolutions for 2021

Date: January 4, 2021 Category: Blog Tags: , , , , ,
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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:

Go back to basics

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.

Embrace new challenges

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!

Use downtime to upgrade your airplane

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:

  • Retrofit avionics. Bring your airplane into the digital age with the latest high-tech glass panel avionics. Today’s systems are designed to reduce pilot workload, improve situational awareness, and help enhance flight safety.
  • Engine upgrade. If your current engine is due for overhaul, it might make sense to get an upgrade instead. In some cases, the costs to overhaul an older engine can approach, or even exceed, an investment in a newer engine with more power and performance capabilities.
  • Propeller conversion. A propeller conversion is one of the smartest upgrades you can make for your airplane’s overall performance and efficiency. To reduce total flight downtime, many pilots choose to upgrade their propeller at the same time as the engine.

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.

  • Refreshed paint. Aside from the obvious benefits of ramp appeal, a good paint job also protects your airframe against corrosion. If your paint could use some TLC, don’t hesitate to have it fixed. It could save you from bigger, more expensive issues down the road!

Give back while flying

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.

Get connected to the aviation community

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.

What are your flying goals for 2021? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

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