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  • The Best in Aviation Education: MCFI!

    The Best in Aviation Education: MCFI!

    Weekly inspiration and ideas here! Of the 117K CFIs on the US registry, the majority are inactive or “frozen CFIs”. Many of these CFIs make a living flying an airliner or charter jet and their GA...

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  • Better (Safer) Instrument Flying!

    Better (Safer) Instrument Flying!

    Weekly inspiration and ideas here! Last week’s “VFR into IMC” blog generated a lot of comments and discussions online. Many readers were surprised at how poorly instrument-rated pilots do...

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  • Inadvertent IMC: Level Wings, Climb!

    Inadvertent IMC: Level Wings, Climb!

    Weekly inspiration and ideas here! Any pilot caught in “inadvertent IMC” usually got into this trouble somewhat intentionally, continuing into deteriorating weather with some hope of improvement...

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  • Beyond “Blue Sky” Flight Training!

    Beyond “Blue Sky” Flight Training!

    Weekly inspiration and ideas here! Have a happy and restful holiday! Here is one quick “handshake commitment” for the New Year between your main course and dessert on Christmas Day. There seems to...

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  • *Excellent Educators* Make Amazing Pilots!

    *Excellent Educators* Make Amazing Pilots!

    Weekly inspiration and ideas here! There are endless questions, comments, and suggestions online and in advertisements as to what makes the most effective flight training experience. But extensive...

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  • Essential Crosswinds (Not Tested)!

    Essential Crosswinds (Not Tested)!

    Weekly inspiration and ideas here! We bend and break more planes in crosswinds landings than in any other phase of flight. Take off and landing = 64.1% of accidents  and 80% involve wind as a...

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  • Increasing Non-Compliance = Accidents!

    Increasing Non-Compliance = Accidents!

    Weekly inspiration and ideas here! Most FAA regulations are “written in blood.” First, someone did it wrong and died. Then, if a trend reveals itself, the FAA writes a rule to guide future...

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  • How to be a “Great CFI”

    How to be a “Great CFI”

    Weekly inspiration and ideas here! The primary challenge to becoming an effective flight instructor is, ironically, to not fly and not talk on the radio (even though you desperately want to)....

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  • Keep it Simple; Angle of Attack!

    Keep it Simple; Angle of Attack!

    Weekly inspiration and ideas here! In recent blogs, we emphasized a “perfect picture” for each new student and also how and why it is critical to break the driving habit immediately. A good...

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  • Essential Safety Feedback: “NASA Form!”

    Essential Safety Feedback: “NASA Form!”

    Weekly inspiration and ideas here! Sometime in February 2017, I was flying VFR into Beaufort Executive Airport (KARW) in Beaufort, SC, a trip I have made numerous times- probably my third most...

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  • Praise Effort – Build a Love of Learning!

    Praise Effort – Build a Love of Learning!

    Weekly inspiration and ideas here! Many people grew up in the middle of the “self-esteem movement” of the 1990s. This misguided trend perpetuated the myth of innate talent and instant success....

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  • “Growth Mindset;” Continuous Learning!

    “Growth Mindset;” Continuous Learning!

    Weekly inspiration and ideas here! To be safe as pilots, and stay sharp as CFIs, we must embrace the “growth mindset” of continuous lifetime learning. Good pilots (and CFIs) should never leave the...

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  • Flight Instruction At A Higher Level

    Flight Instruction At A Higher Level

    Weekly inspiration and ideas here! This article is contributed by Dudley Henriques, a vastly-experienced retired CFI. It is longer than our usual blog but contains rare wisdom about effective...

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  • Practice the Hard Stuff; “Deep Practice!”

    Practice the Hard Stuff; “Deep Practice!”

    Weekly inspiration and ideas here! If you want to improve as a pilot, at any level, you must stretch your known skills a little further and practice in the “struggle zone.” Just going out and...

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  • “Scary Pilots” Determine *Your* Insurance!

    “Scary Pilots” Determine *Your* Insurance!

    Weekly inspiration and ideas here! The burning question in aviation safety is why pilots who know the “right thing” choose to ignore conventional wisdom (SOPs) and operate recklessly.  Frequently,...

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  • Trust Not Trauma: “Student Lockup!”

    Trust Not Trauma: “Student Lockup!”

    Weekly inspiration and ideas here! A recent poll in the SAFE eNews revealed that a shocking 65% of CFIs, at some point, had to physically take control from a student who “locked up” on the flight...

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  • “But, My CFI Told Me…”

    “But, My CFI Told Me…”

    Weekly inspiration and ideas here! CFI guidance can sometimes be wrong. Either you learned it wrong or your CFI taught it wrong – but either way, it’s a mistake. As a result, amazing errors and...

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  • Too Much (Useless) Talking!

    Too Much (Useless) Talking!

    Weekly inspiration and ideas here! Most CFIs talk way too much (guilty). I was reminded of this listening to a very good Sporty’s “Fast Five” podcast with AOPA’s Dave Hirschman. His primary advice...

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  • Murphy’s Real Law; Luck!

    Murphy’s Real Law; Luck!

    Weekly inspiration and ideas here! Murphy’s (real) law seems to be that we often succeed despite poor procedures and sloppy execution. A painful failure would result in learning; ouch! Instead,...

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  • Flight Schools Lobbying DPEs

    Flight Schools Lobbying DPEs

    Weekly inspiration and ideas here! Collusion between flight schools and DPEs can easily create corruption in pilot certification; we have all seen this problem in action. There is a good reason to...

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