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  1. Starling


    Two other points to consider: 1) Our airport has seen a large increase in traffic. Our wait times for take off can and have been up to 0.3 on the taxiway. 2) Our local practise areas are 10 to 15 mins of flight time from our airport. That's a total of 20 to 30 mins of travel time. Not to mention the focus it demands to account for all of this traffic! And yes we have seen a mid air in our area. If you took a busy day here, that could be an extra 0.8 simply in waiting and flying to the practise area. Never mind the days that the student gets out to the practise area and finds it too busy to focus on their airwork (1.0 flight down the tube) Is this starting to make sense now? This may not apply to other areas but it has made a big difference in ours and therefore greatly affects the "National Average".
  2. Contact the US Flight Service directly. I have run into discrepancies between Nav Can and the US, as the NOTAMS for the US work a little differently. There was a NOTAM issued back on Sept. 11 2001 that was never cancelled by the US. There are specific procedures to follow and restrictions.
  3. Basically it''s the same flight test that you did for you initial. The only difference is that on the initial the precision approach is mandatory and on the renewal it''s not mandatory. Good luck
  4. Met, flight opps and human factors are the easier ones to make interesting.... The ones that I am trying to come up with better solutions to are topics such as the CARs, engines and airframes, flight instruments and aerodynamics and theory of flight? There are a lot of very outdated videos etc. out there. Are there any good/new ones that you would recommend?
  5. I''d like to hear from other instructors or students that have creative ideas on how to make ground school livelier? Some classes are more interesting then others but some....ie the C.A.R.''s are enough to put you to sleep. Thoughts?
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    If you take a look at the hours it takes to go solo at each individual airport you''ll see a direct correlation with the amount of traffic at that airport. Over the last few years we have seen an increase in the amount of time it takes our students to get to the solo level, we have also seen a large increase of traffic and many procedural changes to our airspace. The good old days of the relaxed solo are gone at this airport. Even the experienced pilots (2000 hrs+) come down rattled after dealing with the congested airspace. The radio work alone keeps many "Licensed" pilots away from this airport. Also on a business side….Insurance has increased and any claims that a school would need to make could be the straw that breaks the camels back! In other words you better be dammed sure that your student will deal as best as possible with any and all situations that come their way. Flythenumbers said: “In the other hand, experience helps alot when it comes to recognizing how students learn.” This statement really struck home with me. A good teacher is one that can adjust their methods of teaching to fit each individual student. Sure if the instructor gains that experience from flying in the industry great! But a lot of instructors bring that to their flying positions from previous experiences.
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    Are you talking about the bush pilot that flys over gross and pushes wx to get in or the one that always does his weight and balance?
  8. Starling


    Have either one of you gone through the training to become an instructor? It''s a lot of work! It also requires up to date and current information. Who better to already have that information then a student who has just passed their commercial licence. I have had many an aviation parent (Capt. 747 AC) come in with their kid looking for a flight school and sincerely express that they don''t know the first thing about training anymore. Sure the more time in the industry counts for a lot but so does currency. Dan does bring up a point I can agree with. Instructors should be enthusiastic! Regardless of their long term goals they should want to instruct. Unfortunately that is a very hard thing to gage and is, in a way, left up to the potential Flight Training Unit. Good schools can spot the sincere candidate. Age on the other hand plays a roll in confidence. Some students feel more comfortable with an older/younger instructor. Cheers, S
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    One more thing...... Flight instructors are NOT in it for the MONEY!!!! Take a look at one of their pay slips sometime!
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