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Turning Fledglings into Fliers

by John M. White |

Turning Fledglings into Fliers

Years ago I became a flight instructor turning fledglings into fliers while attending Michigan State University. We had a flying club back in those days known as the Winged Spartans. Training new pilots is not only a challenge, but a calling for some who become flight instructors. Today, however, many young pilots become flight instructors simply to build time as part of their path to the airlines. Those students who are fortunate enough to get a flight instructor who loves to instruct will get a great experience that will serve them throughout their flying career.

Three Challenges for Flight Instructors

Turning fledglings into fliers requires many things of a flight instructor, not the least of which is to keep the student safe at all times. This is the challenge of managing risk for both the student and the instructor. The challenge of transferring all of the flight instructors' knowledge to their student requires patience, understanding and empathy as the student struggles to understand. Many questions will arise most of which the flight instructor will already know the answer to.  But there will be times when the instructor is challenged and needs to research the question to provide the proper answer. Even the flight instructor never stops learning. Deciding when a student is ready for solo, for taking the practical test and being kicked out of the nest is an awesome responsibility. It is one which must never be taken lightly and always with great care. On October 27th 2018 the FAA is offering a webinar which should be very informative to anyone who is interested in flight instructing. Here are the details to attend.

FAA Webinar Offering For October 17th, 2018:

"Turning Fledglings into Fliers - Three Challenges for Flight Instructors" Topic: Discussion of CFI challenges: Managing Risk; Transferring Knowledge; Determining Readiness to solo / take the practical test. On Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 19:00 Central Daylight Time Description: In many ways, flight instruction is akin to compressed parenting: the instructor starts with complete responsibility for the very survival of another human being. The task is to transfer the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for the helpless human to understand, think independently, and make sound choices to navigate the complexities the real world serves up every day. The nature of that task makes flight instruction a risky business. There are many ways to get hurt if you are not paying attention to the right thing at the right time, and the long-term stakes are high since the things you teach will affect how the trainee flies in the future. In this context, Paul Preidecker and Susan Parson discuss three specific challenges that flight instructors face and offer tips and techniques for meeting them successfully. To view further details and registration information for this webinar, click here. The sponsor for this seminar is: FAASTeam The following credit(s) are available for the WINGS/AMT Programs: Master Knowledge 1 - 1 Credit Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! p.s. Please share "Turning Fledglings into Fliers" with your friends. Thanks!

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