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Actual IMC experience for student pilots
A few days ago I came across a Facebook post by a good friend of mine, who is also a great flight instructor with instrument rating airplane privileges. He is a very active CFII, and teaches a whole bunch of instrument flying in a part of our nation where the weather is IMC for the most part of the year....
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FAA Knowledge Test Codes
FAA Knowledge Test Codes – what are these? Whenever we go take any FAA knowledge test, whether it is the FOI, FIA tests for the CFI initial, or the FII test for CFII, or instrument rating airplane test for instrument rating, or for this matter, any FAA knowledge test – we get a result sheet from the...
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Helpful Advice from an Examiner
The day of your checkride can be one of the most stressful days of your life. The greatest fear of any pilot is receiving a “notice of disapproval.” As a flight instructor, I have prepared and signed off many students for practical tests. As an examiner I have administered a variety of practical tests....
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Introduction to Scenario Based Training
What is Scenario Based Training? SBT is a training system. It uses a highly structured script of real world experiences to meet flight training objectives in an operational environment. System – concept is integrated throughout training. Experiences– new and different experiences are important. Operational...
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Runway Incursions Are Real
Whenever we think of Runway Incursions, the first picture that comes to our mind is 2 aircraft at the same place at the same time. But, this is far from truth! A Runway Incursion could involve 2 or more aircraft, or even an aircraft and a fuel truck, or even a golf cart or maybe just even a simple pedestrian....
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CFI checkride now counts as flight review
After years of discussion, the FAA issued a new rule Sept. 16 allowing CFI practical exams to count as flight reviews. The rule reverses an earlier decision and has the potential to save flight instructors time and money meeting currency requirements. The change allows pilots passing the CFI checkride...
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CFII as an Initial Issue Flight Instructor Certificate
Many a times we are asked by prospective flight instructor applicants if we provide the training for flight instructor instrument (CFII) as an initial issue.  The answer to this is “Yes we do”. However, you should consider the fact that you may not be able to use this flight instructor certificate to...
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ght Instruction Full Motion Simulator Airport and Runway Signs Flashcards
Here is a link to the flash cards a CFI can use to quiz your students about the airport signs and runway signs. Print these on a thicker paper, or card paper, fold them along the indicated lines, and keep them with you. Once your student has learnt these signs, quiz them occasionally throughout their...
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Best Practices for Mentoring in Flight Instruction
At its most basic level, mentoring is a process in which an individual with more experience or expertise provides encouragement, advice, and support to a less experienced colleague, with the goal of helping the person being mentored learn something that he or she would have learned more slowly, less...
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