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  • Situational Awareness:  3 Keys to Safety!

    Situational Awareness: 3 Keys to Safety!

    Situational awareness (SA) requires the accurate gathering of data (despite physical and mental obstacles) then filtering and making sense of this buzzing cacophony and finally projecting this all...

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  • Flight Simulation; Turbo-Learning!

    Flight Simulation; Turbo-Learning!

    The first effective flight simulator was developed by Edwin Link in Upstate NY in 1927. Prior to this creative device, it was also thought that piloting required inborn skills that training could...

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  • CFI Cover Your Ass(ets)!

    CFI Cover Your Ass(ets)!

    Consider the facts: in aviation we teach in a high-risk environment (compared to golf?) and as educators, we often guide high-value clients. When you add the two of these together the result is an...

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  • Freelance CFI – You’re a “Business!”

    Freelance CFI – You’re a “Business!”

    Thanks to Dave Wheeler for this article (expanded from a Facebook post) He is an ATP pilot with ASEL, AMEL, and SES. He holds all of the CFI certificates and ratings for airplane, and instrument....

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  • Gov. Shutdown Effects on Aviation

    Gov. Shutdown Effects on Aviation

    This political showdown has given both “sides” a megaphone to voice political viewpoints. Avoiding all this hostility (please?), the effect on aviation – and especially flight training – is...

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  • Wright Brothers Character Lessons

    Wright Brothers Character Lessons

    You may think it strange that I would talk about the Wright Brothers in a column that is meant to provide safety and training tips to our SAFE members, but I believe we can all learn a lot from...

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  • CFIs Are Not All Equal: CFI-PRO®!

    CFIs Are Not All Equal: CFI-PRO®!

    Previously published in the FAA Pilot Examiner Quarterly (shared by permission) Here is a unfortunate story of a “Rusty CFI” (not current teaching though probably very current in his biz jet)....

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  • Seasonal Safety: SANTA!

    Seasonal Safety: SANTA!

    In keeping with the holiday spirit, I thought I’d use this specially created instrument approach procedure (IAP) chart that Jeppesen put out a couple years ago for the North Pole for this blog...

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  • Safety=Caution Vs Courage!

    Safety=Caution Vs Courage!

    Confidence is a necessary but slippery pilot attribute. If we did not dream big and try hard we would never succeed in aviation. But carrying this too far is often the root cause of accidents...

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  • Congratulations New CFI!

    Congratulations New CFI!

    Congratulations and welcome to this new world! I hope you enjoy your profession as an aviation educator. Here is what I can tell you that you may want to ‘file away.’  I started out as you did: an...

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  • Better Teaching/Learning: “Make It Stick!”

    Better Teaching/Learning: “Make It Stick!”

    As aviation educators we tend to put a lot of emphasis on technical content but we often miss the superior learning techniques that make this information stick. Recent educational research reveals...

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  • Fly SAFE; More Fun!

    Fly SAFE; More Fun!

    Wishing you a warm and happy Thanksgiving! Here are some (not often consulted) words from the new FAA Advisory Circular 61-98D on flight reviews – excellent reading! The FAA specifies regulatory...

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  • “Know-Do-Consider” to Build Savvy Pilots!

    “Know-Do-Consider” to Build Savvy Pilots!

    The heart of the new Airman Certification Standards is risk management. This essential wisdom was added to the limited PTS focus of skill and knowledge in 2016 to form the complete pilot...

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  • Airline Professionals VS Worker Bee CFIs

    Airline Professionals VS Worker Bee CFIs

    After my blog yesterday on regional airline hiring I heard directly and on FB from 8 of my former employee/CFIs (some even started with me as students) who corrected the record for me. Thank-you...

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  • Airline Worker Bee VS Professional CFI!

    Airline Worker Bee VS Professional CFI!

    What a wonderful time to be entering the aviation profession! There are amazing opportunities around every corner – either as a young person seeking a first job or as a mid-life lateral transfer...

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  • FAA “License to Learn!”

    FAA “License to Learn!”

    There are some critical misunderstandings – and lots of unfounded “tribal knowledge” –  regarding the pilot examination system. CFIs and flight school owners sometimes approach a DPE after a...

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  • CFIs Become “Aviation Educators”!

    CFIs Become “Aviation Educators”!

    To me, the FAA term “instructor” always seemed too narrowly focused -and limiting- given the depth of the responsibilities we have in transforming people’s lives. “Instructor” sounds more suitable...

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  • Great Time @ AOPA Santa Fe!

    Great Time @ AOPA Santa Fe!

    The AOPA regional fly-ins continue to grow in popularity and quality. The recent show in Santa Fe was exceptional for attendance and also the extensive educational opportuities. The Rusty Pilot...

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  • VFR into IMC – – Execute Your “Parachute Option”!

    VFR into IMC – – Execute Your “Parachute Option”!

    Thunderstorms and icing get a lot of attention from aviation writers. But surprisingly, simple VFR into IMC is the biggest killer. And of these fatalities, half of the pilots are instrument rated!...

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  • Weather Wisdom Thursday!

    Weather Wisdom Thursday!

    Imagine my surprise on a  recent private pilot flight test when the applicant’s version of “use of available aviation weather resources” was calling a series of AWOS robots along his flight route...

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