The power of community and connection cannot be underestimated in times of challenge. Throughout flight school, there may be times where you’re pushed to your limits – however, with the right level of support, whether from instructors, flight staff or other students, you’ll have a better chance at navigating these challenges and rising above them. Joining a flight school with a community-centric attitude is going to provide you with the best chance at success as you pursue licensure.
At Inflight Pilot Training, we’ve taken actionable steps to improve our student community, from large investments into world-class facilities and learning spaces, the largest rental aircraft fleet in Minnesota, and increased access to educational resources, groups and events. You’ll feel right at home when undergoing flight training at our school, while gaining some of the following benefits from our communal approach.
Find Better Outcomes With Community Support
Having a support system in place, whether it be through peers or instructors, will give you the encouragement and motivation to persevere through challenging times. Not only that, a supportive community offers practical assistance, such as help with preparing for checkrides or ground school exams. Furthermore, sharing experiences and exchanging ideas with others deepens your emotional connection to others, while reducing stress and anxiety. Overall, a supporting community increases confidence, fosters a positive learning environment and ultimately leads to better performance in flight school.
Gain The Confidence Of A Pilot
Building a strong community also helps students increase confidence and self-esteem, while providing the necessary tools to remain optimistic even in difficult times. Brain imaging studies have found that the same parts of the brain that respond to social rejection are the same that respond to physical pain. In other words, when flight schools strive to build a sense of competition over cooperation, it can lead to devastating outcomes for some students. In general, research shows that strong social connections play a vital role in increasing confidence during difficult times, whether through student groups, support networks or simply close relationships.
Feeling Respected Boosts Decision Making Skills
When individuals feel respected, valued and recognized for their strengths, they are more likely to maintain a healthy level of self-esteem even in the face of adversity. This is particularly helpful for pilots who need to be confident decision makers in the sky. Beyond this, finding respect from peers and instructors gives you a sense of purpose that makes your role as a student pilot much more fulfilling. It’s a critical component of well-being and can play a significant role in helping you overcome the challenges of learning to fly.
Become More Resilient With The Help Of Others
Studies have shown that having strong social connections play an important role in increasing an individual’s resilience when up against a challenging task. When you have a strong social support system at flight school, you’ll be better equipped to deal with stressful situations. This is because social connections provide a sense of belonging and provide opportunities for emotional and practical support when needed. You may find this in the form of an instructor going out of their way to provide you with individual tutoring, a flight school providing you with extra simulator time to master maneuvers or a student group gathering to help each other study.
Find Isolation In The Sky – Not At School
Once you’re a pilot, you’ll be free to fly on your own accord, escaping to far-away destinations at your leisure. While you’re in flight school, however, the feeling of isolation won’t help your chances at success. A flight school that promotes an unhealthy level of individualism may find that its students experience more stress, anxiety and depression, which decreases motivation and self-esteem. In addition, when there’s disconnect among peers, you may be less likely to reach out to others for assistance, which results in a lack of progress and difficulties in overcoming obstacles.
Enjoy The Many Benefits Of Community-Driven Flight School
Being part of a supportive and inclusive community plays an important role in your success at flight school. Inflight Pilot Training understands the importance of community and has taken steps to cultivate a supportive and engaging student environment. With the help of our experienced instructors, world-class facilities and educational resources, our students are better equipped to overcome the challenges of flight school. By building a sense of respect, confidence and resilience, students are able to perform better in their studies and achieve licensure faster.
If you’re looking for a flight school that prioritizes community and support, look no further than Inflight Pilot Training. If you’re interested in learning more about our programs, contact us today or call (952) 698-3000.