Learn to Fly
7 day IFR Rating
How you choose your instructor is a very personal
no instructor can meet your every criterion, here are some general tips
to help you choose.
You will want:
- your CFI has a passion for what he is doing… look for the
- to ensure your CFI’s credentials to be current.
- to ensure your CFI to be honest with you about your flying
how to fix them.
- to ensure your CFI to devise a training plan for you and
share it with
- to book a lesson with your potential CFI. Pay
to the preflight briefing, an in-flight lesson, and a post flight
- to ensure your personalities are compatible. Remember
is a small place: habits of students and CFIs can clash.
- to ensure your CFI has high standards: he will make sure
learning has occurred
and the skills developed to become a safe pilot BEFORE a sign-off.
- to pay attention to the teaching style:
- Does your instructor give you a proper preflight briefing
to cover the
lesson, or is he building flight time teaching you in the air what you
can learn on the ground?
- Does he have you do most of the flying, even on this
first flight lesson,
or are you paying to watch him fly?
- Does he talk down to you?
- Is your instructor prepared for your lesson?
- Packing a lesson with as many maneuvers as possible is
not an effective
teaching technique, does your instructor have a structured approach
introduces new skills as you are ready?
- Do you have the feeling your CFI is honestly concerned
with your progress
(evidence of training plan, review of last lesson)?
- Are you at ease with your instructor?
Things to ask your CFI:
- Why are you a CFI?
- What learning materials will be used?
- What is the training plan/syllabus?
- What is the CFI’s ultimate goal? Even if the
CFI is only a
checkpoint on the path to an airline career, be wary of flight
who will waste your time.
- What is your CFI’s background: Experience, Ambition,
- What does your CFI do when a student gets “stuck”?
- Does your CFI take refresher courses, attend safety
meetings, belong to
professional organizations, or do other things that further his
Common Mistakes CFIs Make
- are knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
- anticipate student difficulties and discuss them before
getting into the
- are organized, exacting and stimulating.
- are honest in their opinion and evaluation.
- chose the safest options and are always situationally aware.
- provide a realistic flying experience in varied conditions.
- know when to back off.
- take time to prepare the student for the lesson.
- take time to debrief the lesson afterwards.
- will not frighten a student.
- are safe pilots.
- never let themselves stagnate.
Many of these items are personal preference, however there are
reasons why these are errors.
Pre Solo CFI Mistakes
Failure to give some IFR training
Failure to cover soft field landing
Failure to practice/teach stalls & airwork at least
Failure to practice/teach emergency procedures every other
Endorsing students for solo without a completed written
General Mistakes in Training
Letting students talk on the radio before they
can fly the
Remember: Aviate, Navigate, Communicate.
Trying to put as many skills as possible into a flight
let students build proficiency on the basics first.
Failure to teach pax briefings
Failure to teach emergency briefings
Failure to teach emergency procedures every other lesson.
Failure to de-brief students
Failure to follow a training syllabus
Failure to ensure requirements are met for the sought
worksheets: private, instrument,
Failure to provide ground training at least equal to flight
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