Pros and Cons of learning to fly at a big airport.Fly2016
Choosing where to learn how to fly largely depends on the type of flying you plan on doing. I consider a big airport as a class Charlie airport with a control tower.
Small Un-controlled Airport – Non-Towered
If you only plan on flying locally or on short cross country flights, you will probably be better off learning to fly at a smaller airport with no control tower. At a small nontowered airport, you can taxi and take-off at your own discretion and traffic is typical light. A smaller airport will save you some money. If you learn to fly out of a small airport, you will probably avoid flying into larger controlled airports because you will probably lack the confidence to dealing with ATC.
Big, Busy Controlled Airport – Towered Airport
If your goal is to become a commercial pilot, fly on long cross country flights or fly for business, you’re probably better of learning to fly at a bigger airport with a control tower. Here are a few pros and cons for learning how to fly out of a big airport:
- You’ll be more comfortable flying into busy controlled airspace.
- Your radio communication skill will be superb.
- You’ll know airport procedures inside and out.
- Your knowledge with airport signs and markings will be better.
- Typically ATC will provide separation from other aircraft if the workload permits.
- Typically training is a little more expensive at a larger airport.
- You need to get permission from ATC before you can taxi/takeoff/land.
- Your ground time will be a little longer if there is a lot of traffic ahead of you.