I am a Certificated Flight Instructor. I’m proud of that fact. [Read more…]
Education is a hot button issue in any election year. Yet it never gets any better, no matter what we’re promised.
It’s my impression the electorate merely wants to hear someone make a promise, even if it’s an empty one. They’re looking for a cheerleader. Somebody to toss out platitudes and catch-phrases that give the impression something positive will come from their candidacy.
Truthfully, it’s unreasonable and unrealistic to think somebody located hundreds or thousands of miles from your home can have a profound impact on the ability of any given teacher to educate any given classroom full of students.
What our national system of education lacks is both simple, and relatively inexpensive. Yes, it is. [Read more…]
Jeff Mallory of Rosamond, Calif., recently answered our call for student tips, noting, “Having been a CFI and corporate trainer for eight years, I’ve noticed that most student issues boil down to a few main areas that can be addressed in a straight-forward way.
That being said, it’s easier to write these tips than it is to implement them. CFIs would do well to use these same tips to keep themselves polished in whatever area of instructing they need to work on. [Read more…]
What flight training tools do you use (online courses/videos, sim time, DVDs, etc.)? What advice would you give someone who hasn’t started their training yet to help them keep down the costs and improve the quality of their training?
How do you stay current? What training/currency tools are most effective and why?
Regardless of what they fly, where they fly, or how they feel about flying, there is one thing all pilots have in common.
We have a restriction that says we have to fly with a flight instructor now and again to demonstrate our proficiency. Most people think of that proficiency requirement as having to do with the ability to control the aircraft, exclusively. I’ll challenge that notion. [Read more…]
Two guys I never knew once flew for my first airline. One was a training captain, the other a freshly minted first officer. They were best of friends for as long as anyone could remember, so it was natural that the training captain would successfully lobby to get his best friend hired.
It also didn’t surprise anybody when he managed to get assigned to the Initial Operating Experience (IOE) portion of his best friend’s training.
Naturally the best friend breezed through IOE. He had his best buddy there to guide him through all its intricacies. Their last flight of IOE was a night one, scheduled to end with a landing into Columbus, Ohio (KCMH). The approach seemed to be uneventful. High and fast when cleared low to begin the approach, they brought power levers to flight idle, configured the ship, and let the autopilot and gravity bring them “down the chute.”
The two chatted excitedly about where they would celebrate the first officer’s rite of passage. You could hear the fun in their voices on the cockpit voice recorder. Gear and flaps were lowered on schedule while different watering holes and restaurants were bandied about. Meanwhile neither pilot had a hand on the power levers.
The stall warning horn and the sound of the stick shaker startled them both. Their voices jump from glee to panic. The next sound heard was a commuter turboprop and 23 people slamming nose first into the Earth. [Read more…]
The King Schools Online Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) now allows CFIs to select lessons from a set of electives. Electives are drawn from hot topics in flight training, including teaching smart tablet use in the cockpit, using flight simulation to help pilots learn, and teaching icing survival. [Read more…]