How many of you have heard the saying “There are Old pilots and Bold Pilots but there are no Old, Bold pilots” and wondered exactly what that means? In my opinion, it means that the “Old” pilot has been in certain situations in their flying career and has learned from those times. Flying and learning go hand in hand. Smart pilots don’t just get their pilots license and stop learning. Good pilots get their license and are always learning.
Flying any aircraft requires a ton of skill but it also requires a ton of knowledge. Flying is very dynamic and you can’t know everything because things are always changing from airspace's, to obstacles, to the weight in your plane, as well as, the technology in the cockpit and how it can benefit you when your flying. This is why getting time with a flight instructor from time to time is so important and it's why pilots should attend industry events like Oshkosh, Sun n' Fun, and other regional events that offer training.