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Back to School: Why Fall is the Perfect Time to Start Flying Lessons

School is now officially back in session and the fall season is upon us. As the cool, crisp air, magnificent colors and shorter days begin to set in, students are busy buckling down on homework, studying for tests and getting ready to move onto college, a trade or career.  

And, while you may be busy trying to pass your upcoming calculus test, there’s no better time than fall to start flying lessons – here are a few reasons why this season is perfect for enrolling in flight school. Let’s get started!

The Air Becomes Thinner

Fall is perfect in terms of the performance of an aircraft. It’s no secret that airplanes are more efficient in colder temperatures, as cold air is denser than warm air. That provides pilots with faster takeoffs, better performance, less turbulence and reduced stress on the engine. Of course, fall is also the time before it gets too cold to affect performance – in the winter, pilots often face ice and snow that often leaves flights grounded and can cause hazards in the sky.

The Weather Isn’t As Tumultuous

In terms of inclement weather, fall is one of the more tame seasons to start flying lessons. Student pilots won’t have to deal with as many grounded flights due to rain or thunderstorms like they would in the spring, tornadoes in summer, or blizzards and hail in the winter. In fall, you’re not dealing with extremes (particularly here in the Midwest) – the temperature isn’t too hot or too cold, there’s an occasional rain storm, but usually it’s nothing serious or damaging, and snow doesn’t start falling until late November or even December.

You’re More Motivated

Unlike in the summer, when all you want to do is spend time with your friends, lounging by the pool, riding bikes or playing games, autumn is a time when a student may feel at their most motivated throughout the school year. Your brain is refreshed after a summer break, ready and pliable for learning new, challenging information, such as how to fly a plane by yourself. 

Get In On a New Scene

No matter how popular you are at school, everyone is treated like an old friend in the pilot community. Starting flying lessons is the perfect opportunity to get in on a new social scene and make friends that are interested in the same unique things as you are. You may be forced to do a certain curriculum in a traditional school setting that might bore you to tears, but within the world of aviation, you’ll find new types of people and opportunities around every corner that will keep you engaged in this new, exciting life path. 

The Sights From Above Are Spectacular

There’s almost no better view from the cockpit than during the season of fall. Imagine flying over an expansive wilderness, viewing all of the foliage changing colors below, full of bright orange, green, red and yellow hues—it truly will take your breath away. Do you want to experience what it’s like flying during the fall? If you’re looking for some stellar fall flight routes, check out our post: 10 Breathtaking Autumn Flights for Private Pilots.

Not As Busy As Other Seasons

In general, fall doesn’t see the same volume of private pilots that other seasons do, particularly summer. With longer daylight hours and warmer weather in the summer, airfields become busier than during the fall months, and air traffic increases. Depending on how you want to train, fall may be perfect for you, as it’s a quieter time of the year for those that want to learn at their own pace.


Are you ready to start flying lessons?

If you’ve always dreamt of learning to fly, there’s no better time to start than now. And the team at Inflight Pilot Training can help make your dream a reality. We are a reputable flight school in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, and with our lengthy track record of producing successful, safe pilots, you know you’re in good hands when you choose to work with us. It’s our commitment to you to always provide fun, affordable flight training programs that will put you on a path of success. Whether you’re just starting out as a private pilot, or are already on your way to a career behind the control wheel, we can help you obtain the certification you need. 

For additional information on Inflight training programs, contact us today or call (952) 698-3000.