With my Mesa Jan 2019 start date coming up (coming in with PPL)… I’m a bit rusty (haven’t flown in a few years) and will be doing my BFR pretty soon. I’ve got some “play money” to use on flight time in the next few months.
My question is, knowing that I’ll be starting on the IFR portion soon… what would be a decent method of “clearing the cobwebs” and hitting the ground running in terms of flying experience. My thoughts are to hit… err land at all of the local airports to get a feel for the airspace/towers/traffic/etc. Then start jumping out north and southwest to Flagstaff and Tucson. I could just do the pattern a bunch of times, but the thought of 40-80 hours of just pattern work seems a bit boring.
Related question - Do ATP instructors sometimes teach on the side? I’m thinking if one is available see if they can do some “pre-instruction”… I know it won’t be official ATP instruction, but something along the lines of “if we were at ATP, you’d be doing this…” Logistically I know it’s somewhat of a pain since I’d have to rent a plane at another school and the school would need to let an “independent” instructor teach in the plane. Now thinking about it, i think the easier option might be to find an instructor at a neighboring school who was also a former ATP instructor.
I’ll probably knock out the IRA/FII in a few weeks and then proceed with the other written exams as well.
Apologies for long post… I want to show up for first day on the ball.
ninja add - just want to say the ATP student manuals for the specific planes are pretty awesome