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While aviation instructors teach students of all ages, the average aviation student age is 30 years old. This means the aviation instructor needs to be versed in the needs of adult students. The field of adult education is relatively young, having been established in the late twentieth century by Dr. Malcolm Knowles. His research revealed certain traits that need to be recognized when teaching adult students as well as ways instructors can use these traits to teach older students.
Adults as learners possess the following characteristics:
"Flying alone! Nothing gives such a sense of mastery over time, over mechanism,
mastery, indeed over space, time, and life itself, as this."
— Cecil Day Lewis