There is quite a bit to learn, it will take some of your time and concentration. It will require more of you than learning to drive a car, for example.
On the other hand, what you will need to learn is not especially difficult – not nearly as difficult or complicated as most non fliers think – and it can be mastered by practically anyone who is willing to devote a little effort to it.
An important point is that you will be doing all your learning under the supervision of a highly qualified, licensed instructor and, because flying is taught on an individual needs basis, your instructor can and will customize the course of instruction to suit you and your individual needs.
There are two aspects of learning to fly – the actual ‘driving’ of the aircraft and the ‘book learning’.
You will learn to ‘drive’ by ‘driving’ – actually handling the controls of the aircraft yourself. Under the supervision of your instructor, you will not only learn how to take off, land and fly straight and level, you will learn how to make the aircraft do just what you want it to do, and how to handle any emergency – including weather, engine trouble in flight and forced landings. The ‘book learning’ covers flight planning, navigation, radio procedures, flight rules, regulations and the weather.
When you are ready for your private licence test you will be a competent pilot. The experience of future flying hours will certainly teach you more but you will be well equipped with the basic knowledge and skills necessary for safe flying.