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No Shortcuts to Flight Training

Flying airplanes is fun until someone gets hurt…or worse. Before you take your first flight there are volumes of information to memorize and become familiar with. Being a pilot requires many hours of studying systems, procedures and rules. Aviation has many processes, checklists, and rules that are designed to keep you safe before, during, and after your flight. Sometimes students become overloaded with college courses, social events, and the demands of flight training so they begin to look for “short cuts” to make flying a little easier. This attitude of looking for shortcuts in aviation is potentially dangerous and instills an attitude that “good enough” is okay and acceptable. This less-than-optimum aviation philosophy can result in irreversible consequences! UVU Aviation Science programs, curriculum, and flight training do not embrace the “good enough” philosophy and neither should you!

Career-Orientated Pilots:

  • Know and follow all the rules including, FARs, UVU SOP, and the aircraft FIM
  • Don’t leave problems for others; they find it, report it, and where appropriate, they resolve it
  • Sometimes make mistakes; but after learning the rules, they never knowingly violate them
  • Always get a second opinion for out-of-the-ordinary situations; never hesitate to ask questions

In conclusion, career-orientated aviation knowledge takes time to acquire and refine. Anyone can learn to fly, but not everyone has the foundation to be a professional pilot. Stay the course; quality flight training will be invaluable to you in the future. Get your FAA certificates and get your college degree, both of these will be required for a successful aviation career. Finally, after you are fully prepared, go out and show everyone what a UVU-trained pilot has to offer! This program is all about you moving forward and succeeding, so keep focused on the ultimate destination, but enjoy the journey. Fly safe.

RUSSELL H. HOPKINSON, Director of Safety
UVU Aviation Sciences

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