Flight Instructors Group


Flight Instructors Group

This is a group for Flight Instructor ONLY to share information with other instructors on how best to transfer knowledge on what has worked well and challenges faced

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Jeppesen Video - Paperless Cockpit.

Started by Obie S. Young Aug 12, 2011. 0 Replies

This will be one more area for instructors to prepair for- Teaching and Testing with Paperless Cockpit. You may need to go to AOPA ePilot to watch the video.   *** OBIE ***Jeppesen says the time to…Continue

Simcom obtains Sims from FSI.

Started by Obie S. Young Jul 22, 2011. 0 Replies

This from AOPA Online Fri July 22.   AOPA Online has learned that SimCom Training Centers in a pending deal will acquire up to 14 flight simulators from FlightSafety International. According to Wally…Continue

Tags: FAA, Production, Stuidos, Simulators, Training

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Comment by Patrick Murphy on December 30, 2011 at 12:56pm

I use AOPA/Jeppesen and have for the 5 or 6 renewals. Works very well for me.

Comment by Kyle Riley on December 30, 2011 at 12:52pm

Hello all, which online CFI Refresher Course would you recommend: AOPA, Gleim, American Flyer, etc.?  I've been leaning towards AOPA, but I see American Flyer offers "Renewal for Life" option with theirs.

Comment by Dwight Robinson on October 21, 2011 at 5:52pm

I'm not a CFI, but I am an IFR student.  I am also a school teacher by trade and if there is one piece of advice I could offer to any instructor it would be to prepare your lessons--thoroughly.  It is easy for us to go into auto mode forgetting that each of our students has unique requirements and/or different learning styles and that each of the teaching sessions is different from the last.  It takes a very special instructor to be able to effectively "cuff" a lesson such that the student is unaware of his lack of preparation.

Fortunately for me, my instructors were quite talented and were usually always prepared; but, the times when they were not were annoying and aggravating.  Students pay good money to learn to fly and expect the level of instruction to be equally commensurate.

Comment by Tom Hornak on October 20, 2011 at 11:34am
I agree, teach the fundamentals first.  Too many pilot applicants can not or will not go to a diversion airport if they can not program a flight plan into their G1000, even when it is just a few miles away and they can see it.  It is a sad way to be disapproved on a Practical Test.
Comment by John Mahany on October 20, 2011 at 11:13am

For a new CFI - try to keep a student mindset, that is, you don't have all the answers. No one does. Keep learning. Be a lifelong student of flying, always learning.

There is always something to learn, and to relearn, again.  Your students will teach you, as well. Keep an open mind. Become a resource for information. Everyone learns differently and has their own style. Your job is to find out what works best for them...how they learn best. Ask them.


Make sure students at all levels know the basics of airmanship and have good basic piloting skills. Too many are wowed by new technology (avionics) while their basic airmanship skills are lacking.

Comment by Adam Miller on October 20, 2011 at 10:19am
for an new CFI what is the one piece of advise you would give to them?
Comment by Obie S. Young on October 14, 2011 at 7:07am
An aviation industry educational task force with the goal of reforming flight training has moved into a new phase of its work, with AOPA submitting responses to six recommendations issued in the project's preliminary report.
Comment by Obie S. Young on September 17, 2011 at 12:09pm


View Video on Judy Phelps 2011 Flight Instructor of the Year.

Comment by Obie S. Young on August 16, 2011 at 2:32pm
Delta Air Lines is striving to overhaul the way it communicates with its pilots. Part of that effort includes the possibility of using Apple iPads as electronic flight bags. Steve Dickson, senior vice president of flight operations at Delta, said Delta has deployed 22 iPads for pilots to test. The devices are loaded with various software, and pilots are able to customize them by downloading other applications. FlightGlobal.com (U.K.)

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