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just trying to get some conversation going.......but really, should someone with the ink still wet on their CPL really be allowed to instruct?? something like the blind leading the blind. What do you high time guys think the requirements should be?......

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Not a high time guy, but I think that such a decision should be made at the interview. Some people "use" flight instruction careers as a way of building time and getting paid, and then leaving without a true passion for teaching people and sharing ones love for flying.


If they show they really wish to do such a job, perhaps they should do "dirty work" first, and making themselves known around the airfield, and then after 6 months if they have not left due to boredem, the Flight Training Center will know who really wants to be an Instructor and who is in it for money and time.


Any good?


Smooth skies,


Dan :)

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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.






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All good points, but i would rather be taught how to fly in the real world then just taught how to pass a flight test. How much is one missing when they are taught how to fly by...lets say a bush pilot, who instructs in the winter, compared to someone with a fresh CPL.? Which person will come out as a better pilot. One of the most important skills a pilot has is good judgement and decision making. Would someone with 250 hours have these skills matched to a seasoned pilot?.

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I''ve thought a lot about this, and like many I also questioned the logic of having a 230 hour instructor training student pilots.


But I came around a bit. The Canadian aviation industry appears to place greater weight on experience rather than training, no? While we might be slowly moving away from that and towards a European style of training and pilot selection, wouldn''t most agree that it doesn''t matter where you did your training, who your instructor was, what a/c you flew...just that you got your license.


After that, you slug it out somewhere...on the ramp, in the bush, whatever...you get on a groundschool and then into the cockpit...you do the company training,a dn you build up the experience...


MY POINT: a commercial ticket is what makes you eligeable to work as a pilot in Canada...whether your instructor had 230 hours or 5000, the point was to meet the standards and pass the flight test. We could easily argue about the "Value Added" aspect of flight training and how better, more experienced intructors would make better pilots, but most of the people here have likely been through this process and are now looking back on it.


If I suggest anything to people interested in becoming comemrcial pilots, it is simply to do your training as quickly and cheaply as possible...get a job on the ramp somewhere, then shut your mouth, and keep your eyes and ears open. Work hard, continue to keep your mouth shut, and good things will happen...sooner or later.


That''s my take anyways...

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exactly, plus would''nt you feel more confident and well informed if you had an instructer with experience.????

P.S most bush pilots or similar have amazing weight and balance skills, they place there cargo in the most efficient places as well as fly with different PIC seating positions.

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