Top reasons why student Pilots Dropout.

It is estimated that 80% of student pilots never finish their training and become full fledged pilots. Because of this, AOPA set out to discover the issues that are causing the high dropout rate.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association set out to understand why so many student pilots were dropping out of training, with the goal to create new systems to retain student pilots once they begin flight training programs. AOPA commissioned a study to find out why students were dropping out of flight schools and what motivated students to stay once in training programs. While cost turned out to be a factor for students dropping out of flight programs, it didn’t play as big a role as originally estimated by most in the training industry.

The results of the study showed that students want more productive, well organized, helpful and respectful interactions with their flight instructors, something they say they’re not getting enough of now.

According to this study, the main reason for student pilot dropouts was Educational Quality. Meaning that students:

1. Do not feel like they are receiving quality instruction from their flight instructors.

2. Students do not feel prepared for FAA testing.

3. The students do not feel respected and valued in their relationships with the flight instructors.

That’s why, at Axiom Aviation, we have made it our top priority to only hire the most skilled, knowledgeable, and personal instructors. Our instructors have actual airline experience, corporate jet flying experience, thousands of hours flight instructing, and have flown all over the world!

However, not all of the blame for the high dropout rate should rest with the flight instructors. Flying is one of the coolest things a human can do but… IT’S HARD! And we think this may come as a surprise to those with little aviation background. It’s not driver’s ed, it’s not the same as learning to drive a car, it is an all encompassing industry! From aerodynamics to mechanics to weather and more, there is a lot to learn. From quick and accurate decision making to learning to work as a crew to being humble and teachable, there is a lot to become.

The following story helped me get through my flight training, and I think it can help a lot of prospective flight students. Honestly, it can be of huge benefit to anyone who wants to do something amazing and difficult with their lives.

“It was the year 1519 and Hernán Cortés, with some 600 Spaniards, 16 or so horses and 11 boats, had landed on a vast inland plateau called, Mexico.
The Span­ish con­quis­ta­dor and his men were about to embark on a con­quest of an empire that hoarded some of the world’s great­est trea­sure.  Gold, sil­ver and pre­cious Aztec jew­els were just some of what this trea­sure had to offer any­one who suc­ceeded in their quest to obtain it.

But, with only 600 men — none of whom had encum­bered them­selves with pro­tec­tive armour – con­quer­ing an empire so exten­sive in its ter­ri­to­ries could only be under­taken by a man with a death wish.

This dar­ing under­tak­ing was made even more insur­mount­able by the fact that for more than 600 years, con­querors with far more resources at their dis­posal who attempted to col­o­nize the Yucatan Penin­sula, never suc­ceeded.  Hernán Cortés was well-aware of this fact.  And it was for this rea­son, that he took a dif­fer­ent approach when he landed on the land of the Mayans.

Instead of charg­ing through cities and forc­ing his men into imme­di­ate bat­tle, Hernán Cortés stayed on the beach and awoke the souls of his men with melo­di­ous cadences – in the form of embla­zoned speeches.

His speeches were inge­niously designed to urge on the spirit of adven­ture and invoke the thirst of life­times of for­tune amongst his troops.  His ora­tions bore fruit, for what was sup­pos­edly a mil­i­tary exploit, now bore the appear­ance of extrav­a­gant romance in the imag­i­na­tions of Cortés’ troops.

But, iron­i­cally, it would only just be 3 words which Cortés’ mur­mured, that would change the his­tory of the New World.  As they marched inland to face their ene­mies, Cortés ordered, “Burn the boats.”

It was a deci­sion that should have back­fired.  For if Cortés and his men were on the brink of defeat, there wasn’t an exit strat­egy in place to save their lives.  Remark­ably though, the com­mand to burn the boats had an oppo­site effect on his men because now, they were left with only 2 choices — die, or ensure vic­tory.  And fight they did.

We know today, how Cortés’ deci­sion to burn his boats panned out.  Hernán Cortés became the first man in 600 years to suc­cess­fully con­quer Mexico.”

You need to “Burn your Boats” if you want to succeed in aviation. You can’t leave yourself an “out” when things get tough (intellectually, physically or financially). The rewards of flying (whether it be for a hobby or a career) are unparalleled and in order to get there you have to be 100% committed.

2017-01-16T18:38:49+00:00May 26th, 2016|

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