The scholarship, which is to help flight instructors further their education and training, is valued at $18,000, according to company officials. [Read more…]
Sporty’s has updated its online Flight Instructor Refresher Course, adding the option for Sporty’s to process CFI renewal paperwork and issue a temporary certificate.
Additionally, hundreds of content updates have been made to meet the latest FAA guidance, as well as include the latest general aviation technology. The updated FIRC also provides links to Sporty’s and FAA’s resources, according to company officials. [Read more…]
Most of us who fly came to the decision organically.
Nobody forced us to fly. We wanted to. We yearned for the opportunity. We flew in our dreams and looked up to the heavens whenever the sound of an engine passed overhead. The decision was ours and we pursued it, each in our own way.
The limiting factor for many of us was money. It can be expensive to fly. There is nothing about leaving the ground that comes for free. Somebody, somewhere, has to pay the bill. In most cases, that somebody is a student pilot who has real drive, but limited financial resources. [Read more…]
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…]