Learning to fly an airplane takes a lot of dedication and practice. For many pilots, the thrill of being in the air and having a real and tangible say in how one’s life is lived is something that cannot be fully described to the lay person. Many individuals often enroll in flight school to experience something beyond them. There is still a sense of wonder that comes with operating machinery that flies. Many medical studies have been made on the various mental health benefits of flying a plane.
The first is the increased and enhanced neural function connected with focus. What many pilots eventually realize is that piloting is different from driving a car. Driving requires focus and patience, but there comes a time where basic functions and procedures become second nature. With flying an airplane, there are only a few and rare cases where this will happen. Pilots constantly have to remain focused on several factors to ensure that he or she remains in flight. There are also wind and chill factors to consider that a driver would not have to think of.
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Second, flying an airplane improves one’s multitasking skill. It is neurologically improbable that several activities can be done simultaneously with the same amount of quality. The brain can adapt to allocate resources to various stimuli and still perform relatively well. This is particularly important for men who are more genetically predisposed to focus on a single area completely.
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These two benefits have been the most studied and observed changes pilots have after finishing flight school and practicing the skill onwards.