Your aviation goals

When we asked the Flight Training Facebook community “What are your aviation goals for 2012?” the wall lit up with responses. Fifty people took the time to write what they wanted to achieve. Not surprisingly, a lot of those people wrote “Get my private pilot certificate.”

Congratulations! Believe it or not, those who took that simple first step of jotting it on our Facebook wall are on their way. I’d love to see every single person achieve their aviation dream in 2012, and so I feel compelled to share motivational speaker Zig Ziglar’s goal-setting strategy. Let not another year go by without having taken that introductory flight, finished your training, or started your next certificate or rating.

  • Write it down (Done!)
  • Put a date on it
  • List the obstacles you have to overcome (Time? Money for training? Medical concerns? Spousal support?)
  • Identify the people, groups, or organizations you need to work with (Your CFI, your flight school, your spouse, your aviation medical examiner…)
  • Spell out a plan of action (If, say, you’re finishing up your cross-countries before taking the checkride, sit down with your CFI and look over what’s left to complete so that nothing comes as a surprise. Similarly, if you’re just starting out on the road to a certificate, ask your flight instructor to go over the syllabus with you so that you have a working understanding of what lies ahead.)
  • Set a time limit.
  • Identify the benefits that you will obtain.  That’s an easy one for most of us! Freedom, adventure, travel, and greater self-confidence are just some of the benefits that you may experience when you become a pilot. Good luck in 2012!–Jill W. Tallman



  • Tim

    1. Solo by 1 March
    -finish solo test
    -another 2 hours
    I’m calling my CFI now to schedule #3 and ask about #1!
    Working on the test as we speak–thanks Jill!

  • Jill Tallman

    That sounds good, Tim. Let me know how things go!

  • Regina Coker

    1. Solo during the month of January 2012 before my 61st birthday.
    2. Private pilot license by the end of 2012.
    The only obstacle is getting up in the air: weather, CFI schedule, plane in the shop for its 100 hour checkup, etc. I can fly any time Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday. I believe it can be done.

  • Regina Coker

    My plan of action: I either have a lesson scheduled or call my CFI every other day to find out when we can schedule the next lesson.

  • jtallman

    that shows a lot of persistence, Regina! Good luck! Yes, we do have weather and maintenance issues that can’t always be scheduled… — Jill

  • Lee

    1) May 15th — Complete private pilot cert (20 hours completed so far — started training early August 2011)

    2) May 16th — Invite my Mother to come down from Denver to Albuquerque for her birthday. Pick her up from the KABQ then go over to general aviation. Tell her I’m taking her for a short excursion. I’ve been keeping my flight training a secret from my folks just to see what her reaction will be…