Now is not the time to give up on your flight training just because the industry is on hold due to restricted travel. If you are in Private, Commercial, or Flight Instructor training phase, Keep Going. The industry is not in a demand downturn, its just on pause. Demand for travel will snap back and the industry will resume quickly. This may be a good time to focus on your flight training in order to be ready for the industry when it happens. Some flying job opportunities will remain around, like flight instruction, water operations up north and feeder airline flight activity. Find a flight school that is operating, they are deemed an essential service and are not closed. Find a way to fly every day, or at a minimum 3 times a week to keep pace. Remember that frequency of missions is the only way to save money, by not stretching times between flights. Flight schools will be happy to accommodate you as they need the business to keep the doors open. Stay on track, don’t let the health restrictions slow you down. Find a way.
The heart of the flat land, makes Brandon Manitoba a great place for flight training. In the early stages of WWII, between 1939 and 1943, flight training was conducted here because of the great opportunities to develop pilots for the war effort. Weather is consistent and reasonable with many days remaining VFR. Winds are favoring into wind approaches that are regularly favoring the major runways. Local practice area is not far away, less than 10 minutes at normal cruise speeds. We have ILS, ADF, GPS approaches here into a 5000 foot runway which makes for reasonable IFR training. Surrounding area offers many smaller airports for short cross-country practice each with hard surface runways. Countless grass strips to explore and many places that entertain fly ins and breakfasts regularly. Traffic pattern activity is not busy and the ATC here is supportive of all flight activity. Local resources include the typical drive up windows for any number of eateries, and sometimes local transport can be obtained for the asking. Aircraft parking and fuel is always at hand with served or self serve support and hangarage at the local FBO. Happy faces are always here to greet you for support. Fly ins are always welcome.
In an attempt at creating content in aviation related subjects, I have begun to blog some ideas and points of view for aviation enthusiasts on a regular basis. This post is an initial test.