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Old 10-06-2003, 09:40 PM   #21
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Chad now you are asking for trouble... I tried to teach my girlfriend how to drive... Yikes!

Nuker, your 10 points couldnt be more true in my opinion. This is HARD to test for and enforce. Mainly since the established instructors are there in the first place, even if they are not really capable, and who is going to test them?

Like I said, I can give an example - one of our instructors continually sets the engine on the trainer way too rich, barely taking off. And I have seen him fly over the flightline on take off WAY too many times to remember. Yet he has taught a number of people to fly. I would like to see a bit more training for some of the trainers....

I have also seen pilots being "held back" by an instructor who IMO maybe didnt want the student to progress too quickly, allthough the student was basically flying circles around the instructor when they went at it alone.

Teaching and being a good teacher is hard indeed.

And what about the "instructor" that can fly the pattern but makes one heck of a poor teacher? That isnt safe either.
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Old 10-06-2003, 11:24 PM   #22
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Andrew, your right on! Thats what I was trying to say about some instructors being so ---- that they actually hold back a good student who would otherwise progress quickly.

I am pleased to say, that although I have only been a member of the club I newly joined, that we have a great chief flying instructor who is a very capable pilot and an excellent teacher. It is his job to put qualified pilots in the position of being instructors. And from what I have observed so far, ALL students are in very capable hands with any instructor in our club. There may be some who don't know what a Humpty Bump or an Avalanch is but they are good pilots and instructors. We are very blessed that way!

But its like any job even if its avoluntary position, If your going to do a job then do the best that you can. Which again in my opinion means that its the responsibility of all insturctors to keep themselves up to date and always mindful of procedures and safety concerns. Goodness know, as an instructor that I sometimes in my haste fail to do a certain thing right and if it needs to be pointed out then thats everyone's responsibility and so it should be! I would dare say to a man or woman at our club, we go there to enjoy our hobby and fly, to have a good time doing what we love to do as well as the wholesome association with our friends. No one wants to be bogged down with needless rules and regulations which only dampens our reasons for being there. But that doesn't excuse anyone, students, pilots and instructors to be careless or knowlingly reckless with the established club rules. I don't think any of us can push or talk safety too much!

Its already been mentioned many times in this thread.....the ability to do aerobatics doesn't necessarily make a good insturctor and a good instructor doesn't have to be an aerobatic wizz to be a great teacher.
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