flythenumbers Posted March 18, 2003 Report Share Posted March 18, 2003 I have to agree with the comment about a more experienced instructor does not necessarily mean faster learning times. I remember having a hard time getting the flare right, and my instructor thinking that somehow he could just force me to learn it. The truth is, I knew it was bad, I knew what I was doing wrong, but it took me a while to learn how to fix it. Sometimes thats just how it goes. In the other hand, experience helps alot when it comes to recognizing how students learn. In the end, I would think that being a better teacher, that is, having teaching skills, would help a student to learn faster than having lots of hours. For CFIs, I recommend the US magazine on flight training. It has great articles on students and teachers. Can''t remember the exact name, but it obvious when you see it on a magazine rack. Hmm, perhaps its just that we produce better pilots today? This could be hard to admit, but maybe in the ''old days'' there was contentment to give a pilot their license and let them learn more on their own. It was safer to do so before than today. The air is busier. I would have to say that learning to fly in controlled airspace likely added an other 5-10 hours to the time it took me, bringing my time to the 65 hr mark. I just hated using the radio, made me nervous as ****. The funny thing now is that I don''t find it a problem at all, and even my radio work continues to improve. It sounds funny, but I think what helped was hearing another instructor be more relaxed on the radio and in some part, be a bit silly. I made me realize that they (ATC) weren''t going to totaly berate me if I got in a bit wrong, or missed something. AS long as I acknowledged clearances, and didn''t do anything unsafe. My first instructor have me repeat everything, more as if it was IFR. The supervisor/examiner acknowledged that often alot of recent IFR instructors have VFR pilots doing that for no good reason. I guess here is a case to support of Charles. The new instuctors should know better not to overload a student. And wow, a PPL for 6K, that would have been nice. I did mine in a 172, and the costs were more like 11K. My instructor told me going in that 11K was alot more realistic than the rates most schools post. (Most seem to post using TC mins, a 150, and simulator, and say around 6-7K) I think this is bad for potential students, but at the same time, realistic examples would likely scare away potential people. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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