If you have always wanted to go off into the wild blue yonder, you are going to have to take some classes so that you know what you are doing. As much as it may look reasonably simple to fly, there are a lot of things that you are going to need to learn, and that's where the classes come in to play. If you don't know the ropes, you are at risk of causing massive problems in the air and on the ground. Here's a quick look at what flight training classes may entail.
These are classes where you will sit down in a classroom and learn. In those classes, you are going to learn a lot of things such as the Federal Aviation requirements. Those requirements can include issues like when it's appropriate for you to fly visual vs. instrument, what the landing procedures you have to go through are, and how to talk to a tower. In those classes, you will also learn about the various operations of a plane, what they do, and why they are necessary. You are going to have to go through a set number of hours before you are able to get your license to fly.
Once you have started on your ground classes, it's going to be time to start getting your flight time. Just like when you were learning to drive, first you are going to go up with an experienced pilot and watch what they are doing. They will talk you through why they perform tasks in a certain way. The flight instructor will also make sure that you know the physical setup of the plane and what each of the dials and switches are used for. Once you have watched the flight instructor, they will let you start getting a feel for the plane. That can be as simple as you getting to hold the stick the first time around so that you start to understand how it feels when the plane is in motion. Eventually, you'll build up so that you are doing the actual flying. Once you have enough flight time, you will be able to go solo and take your test so that you can fly on your own.
Flying can give you a huge sense of freedom. You just have to make sure that you take the time to learn how to fly so that you and everyone around you will be safe.