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Consolidated Advice for Primary

Recovering LSO

Suck Less
pilot
Super Moderator
Contributor
#47
Hey guys i am finishing up the contacts stage this week, I dont have any prior flight time but I'm prior enlisted here's my 2 cents. I am having an absolute blast right now. I dont think alot of guys are enjoying primary for some strange reason(worrying to death about grades). As enlisted at the end of a 12 hour shift you have a 1 hour brief then you get to go home and hope you dont get called back to work because someone lost a tool. Being a SNA is such a great experience after studying for a few hours I brief and my god i get to go fly a million dollar airplane. Dont get so wrapped up on stuff you cant control because honestly the grades arent going to change how i prepare for a flight, if i suck at stalls im going to work at it in the practice sims youll know what youre not good at and what areas you need to improve in at least for me. Getting a 3 on a stall doesnt turn a lightbulb on in my head to practice stalls.
Every SNA/SNFO on this forum should print this post, stick it to the mirror in their bathroom, and read it everyday before going to "work."
 

Hopeful Hoya

Know-nothing ENS
Contributor
#48
Things that I did early on that really seemed to help me in Primary:

- Started studying EPs after Flight Suit Friday and while in Primary Pool before classing up. Nothing extreme, just flipping through them while in the gym or on the toilet
- Hit the checklists hard in the static sims while in ground school. By the time I actually got to the plane I could go from cold and dark to ready to taxi in under 10 minutes
- Did a practice sim a day in ground school, focusing first on running EPs and then hitting the landing pattern hard

If you can be solid on the EPs, checklists, and procedures by the time you start your first graded sims you can really start breaking out because you'll be crushing the super easy stuff (like the first 5 checklist and EP sims) and you'll be able to start working on more advanced stuff, like actually flying the plane and comms. Getting 4s and 5s in the early blocks when the MIF is a 2 or a 3 is what is going to catapult you to the right of the NSS curve.

The most important thing is to have fun. I've seen people stress themselves out to the point that they crack because all they do is study and stop doing normal shit like working out or hanging out with friends or going and getting drunk at Seville on the weekends. If you're not having one of those "pinch me I must be dreaming" moments every flight because the sun is shining and you're getting paid to fly around in a $6m plane while your civilian friends are sitting in cubicles then you're doing it wrong.
 
#49
Hey guys i am finishing up the contacts stage this week, I dont have any prior flight time but I'm prior enlisted here's my 2 cents. I am having an absolute blast right now. I dont think alot of guys are enjoying primary for some strange reason(worrying to death about grades). As enlisted at the end of a 12 hour shift you have a 1 hour brief then you get to go home and hope you dont get called back to work because someone lost a tool. Being a SNA is such a great experience after studying for a few hours I brief and my god i get to go fly a million dollar airplane. Dont get so wrapped up on stuff you cant control because honestly the grades arent going to change how i prepare for a flight, if i suck at stalls im going to work at it in the practice sims youll know what youre not good at and what areas you need to improve in at least for me. Getting a 3 on a stall doesnt turn a lightbulb on in my head to practice stalls.
Joined years ago, waits until the perfect moment to drop a wisdom bomb (their one and only message) and disappears into the haze. An American hero if I've ever met one.