One of the reasons why I created this website was to enable myself to answer your questions in a more efficient manner. Don’t get me wrong, I love to receive questions and to offer help and advice where ever I can! It is just that I get a lot of similar questions and as you can probably imagine, answering these requires a lot of time. Time which I rather spend on making video’s or writing articles 🙂
From now on I will create Questions and Answers articles on a regular basis. They will contain questions that were asked on Instagram, Youtube, Facebook and this website. In the future I will also answer questions in videos that will be uploaded to my Youtube Channel.
In Questions & Answers – Part 1 I am answering questions from Instagram, you can find some of them below. Should you have questions of your own, please comment on this page or use the contact form. I will do my best to answer your question as soon as possible 🙂
This is a very interesting question, Charlie. Let me first briefly explain the difference between modular and integrated training. The training to become a commercial airline pilot consists of a few phases; first you finish the theoretical phase, that phase is followed by flight training (practical) after which you complete the course by following a MCC course.
Integrated means that you complete all of these phases at the same school according their syllabus. Modular means that you completed the phases at your own pace, in an order of your own choosing and without a syllabus that covers the entire training from A to Z.
Most airlines have strong preference for pilots that completed an integrated training program. Mainly because the progress and performance of the pilot was monitored from start till finish. The downside of an integrated course is that it is in most cases a lot more expensive then a modular training.
Around 15% of the people in my Type Rating course came from a modular program. Unfortunately I have no idea how much people in previous courses came from modular programs.
⇒ I just saw your video of your first solo flight, how old were you at that time?
Dear kennethjoseph92, I was 20 years old when I performed my first solo flight! 😉 It was really one of the greatest experiences of my life! Flying an aircraft completely by myself for the first time.. their is simply no better feeling. You mentioned that you will start your training next year, I wish you the best! You will surely love your first solo, everyone does 🙂
For people that haven’t seen the video yet, you can watch my first solo in a Diamond 40 here.
⇒ Which plane is better for learning how to fly? And which one is easier to fly? The Cessna 152 or Diamond 40?
Unfortunately I don’t have any experience on a Cessna 152 so I am not really able to give you a clear answer to your question. What I can say though, is that I really liked to fly the Diamond 40. In my opinion it is very easy to operate this aircraft. The view is absolutely amazing since there are no bars on the windows. It makes looking out for traffic way more easy and therefore safer than flying in an aircraft with thousand bars on the window, if you know what I mean. 😉 Another thing is the low wing which I like. I would always prefer flying an airplane with a low wing to be able to look around properly.
You can also feel that the Diamond 40 aircraft wants to fly. On final you have to pull power back very early otherwise you will never ever land. Besides that, it has the Garmin 1000 equipment installed. You might not be familiar with the Garmin 1000 so I’ve linked a picture here. As you can see, it looks very similar to the glass cockpit that is being used in larger commercial airplanes nowadays.
Hence, you are getting used to the instrument layout that you will be using during the rest of your professional flying career. That is why I would always choose to learn flying on a Diamond 40. My answer might sounds like I am promoting the Diamond brand but I just love the airplane. However, I also know a lot of pilots that fly the Cessna 152 and they are really happy with its performance and handling.
Maybe you have an opportunity to fly them both before deciding on which of those you want to start training?
Sooo here you go, Questions & Answers – Part 1. I hope you find the questions and answers as interesting as I do. Should you have any comment on the questions or answers that are stated on this page, please leave a reply below. Maybe you fly an aircraft which is much nicer than a Diamond 40 or Cessna 152. Maybe you are flying for a major airline although you finished your training in a modular course. Or perhaps you are an aviator that performed the first solo at an age of 75 years old. Those are the stories I wanna hear about! And it might help others as well 😉