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Aviation Education: Topics and discussion

  • Roger Throwing CFIs Under the Bus…

    Roger Throwing CFIs Under the Bus…

    If you are a Roger Sharp fan I apologize in advance for my lack of love for his most recent rant about “stupid CFIs” at Migration.(Please click this link and watch a while…) His negative attitude...

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  • Caring is a Critical Aptitude for Educating!

    Caring is a Critical Aptitude for Educating!

    When I present to groups of pilots and experienced aviation educators and ask for key traits of great aviation educators, the most often mentioned attributes are never taught or tested by the FAA....

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  • Fancy Footwork; Yaw Canceling (for Safety)!

    Fancy Footwork; Yaw Canceling (for Safety)!

    We had 45 professional aviation educators at the “You Can Fly Center” for our SAFE CFI-PRO™ workshop this week. These dedicated professionals (half with more than 20 years teaching) really...

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  • Thank-You! Super Stars at SAFE CFI-PRO™

    Thank-You! Super Stars at SAFE CFI-PRO™

    SAFE CFI-PRO™ is all set for next week and I am overwhelmed with both the attendance and the quality of our presenters. Thanks to everyone for supporting this important safety initiative, this is...

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  • Imagine the Worst, Plan for the Best!

    Imagine the Worst, Plan for the Best!

    Mike Patey very bravely took full respnsibility for his public crash of Draco this week: “this is on me, I made a bad decision.” We need to respect and honor that (rare) honesty. But Mike also...

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  • GA “Extended Envelope Training” (Required For Airlines!)

    GA “Extended Envelope Training” (Required For Airlines!)

    This is from the road; if you are at the AOPA Fly-In at Tullahoma, TN. please stop by the SAFE booth and say hello. CFR 121.423 requires “Extended Envelope Training” for all airline flight crews...

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  • Teaching Crosswind Landings (at Altitude!)

    Teaching Crosswind Landings (at Altitude!)

    Yeah, sounds dumb right? Training crosswinds at 3,ooo feet? But those 5-10 seconds of terror right over the runway are not an opportunity for nuanced description and durable learning. Teaching...

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  • Creating Productive Scenarios; “Struggle Zone”

    Creating Productive Scenarios; “Struggle Zone”

      Scenario-based training has acquired a stigma in aviation though misuse. But if done properly, these experiences can be the most powerful tool in an experienced educator’s arsenal. And scenarios...

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  • Buffering “FAA Minimums” Aim For Excellence!

    Buffering “FAA Minimums” Aim For Excellence!

    The FAA only specifies the absolute minimums (limitations) in their regulations and these are not recommended operating specifications.  This might sound silly to many pilots, but some people have...

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  • Extend Your Skills! 60/90 Turns, Triple A Stalls

    Extend Your Skills! 60/90 Turns, Triple A Stalls

    This blog presents some challenging flight maneuvers that build greater pilot proficiency, confidence and flight safety. It is essential to break out of our daily “comfort zone” or we will react...

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  • WANTED: Angle of Attack Managers

    WANTED: Angle of Attack Managers

    This is one in a series of posts by special guest authors about SAFE’s new CFI-PROficiency Initiative™ (aka SAFE CFI-PRO™). The goal of the initiative is to make good aviation educators great!...

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  • Reflect and Redirect; “Double Loop” Learning!

    Reflect and Redirect; “Double Loop” Learning!

    Pilots are a “different breed of cat” as you well know. As a personality type we are confident, higher than average in intelligence, tend toward dominance and are almost never wrong about...

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  • New Science: “Overlearning” Locks In Skills!

    New Science: “Overlearning” Locks In Skills!

    How many times have you accomplished a new level with your pilot-in-training and heard “got it” on first completion – as if you could immediately lock it up and move on? (Don’t do it; it’s not...

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  • “Flight Service” (Back and Better!)

    “Flight Service” (Back and Better!)

    Leidos operates what used to be the FAA Flight Service and the web browser interface for weather is quite good. When you log in with your customized preferences (http://1800wxbrief.com) your own...

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  • “CFI Seasoning” Beyond the Academy!

    “CFI Seasoning” Beyond the Academy!

    A truly professional aviation educator should be progressively getting out of the training aircraft one step at a time from flight lesson #1. To be successful as educators, every CFI must...

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  • Teaching Accurate Rudder Usage!

    Teaching Accurate Rudder Usage!

    Misuse of the rudder while flying – usually too little or none at all – is a sure sign that some aviation educator failed their student during initial training. This sloppy “flat foot flying” or...

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  • Opportunity To Grow: SAFE CFI-PRO™!

    Opportunity To Grow: SAFE CFI-PRO™!

    Just a short blog this week, no brain strain or technical discussions. I just want to announce that SAFE has opened up registration for our SAFE CFI-PRO™ workshop in Frederick, MD. This event will...

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  • The Secret of Pattern Safety!

    The Secret of Pattern Safety!

    We all know a majority of accidents occur in the traffic pattern; especially during descent and runway line-up. But the burning question is “why?” Basically, we fear the wrong things. Most pilots...

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  • Start With Basic Honesty!

    Start With Basic Honesty!

    As a flight instructor have you been guilty of telling eager beginners that “learning to fly is easy”? Do you personally really believe that often used phrase? If you think back to *your* initial...

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  • New Tech: Accurate Fuel, Envelope Protection…

    New Tech: Accurate Fuel, Envelope Protection…

    The number one reason aircraft end up in the weeds is still lack of fuel to the engine(s); starvation or exhaustion. The gauges on small planes have always been unreliable and estimates are...

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