Thursday, August 17, 2006

Twofer!

Yesterday was a first for me as an instructor. As fate would have it, two of my students had check rides on the same day - one for private pilot and one for an instrument rating. Both worked hard, faced their share of adversity and hassles, and .... drum roll please ...

Both passed without a hitch!

Congrats guys!

7 comments:

Dave said...

Congratulations John. Other then the first solo, is there anything more satisfying as a professional then to have your students pass their check ride? Good Job! Questions:(1) for the private pilot; do you have them go through any spin training? What are your thoughts about having your students actually do spin recovery? (2) for the instrument pilot; do you have them fly EFIS as well as 'steam gages'? Shooting an approach with each would seem to be advisable these days, any thoughts?

GC said...

Congrats!

At the 141 school where I taught long long ago, the end of the semester would signal the beginnings of checkride hell. There was a day when I had four go up for rides. Two private pilots, an instrument, and a CFI.

Stressful day for me, to say the least.

They all passed. But they didn't say goodbye to me as they loaded up their vehicles to travel home for Summer Break! :(

John said...

Dave,

The only feeling better than a candidate passing is when I get paid!

;-)


I give private pilot candidates the option of doing spin training, but I don't require it because the PTS doesn't require it. Also, statistically speaking, pilots who undergo spin training are no less likely to be involved in a stall/spin accident that those who do not do spin training.

I also give instrument rating candidates the option of flying a glass panel, but everyone I train starts with steam gauges. I do it this way for the simple reason that going from glass to steam is a real mind bender, while transitioning the other way is less so. Even in a glass aircraft, I make sure we simulate failures that result is pretty minimal instrumentation.

John said...

Thanks, GC. Wow, four check rides in one day would be a lot. That same day I did teach an instrument proficiency flight in the morning and then did a flight review with another pilot in the afternoon. And when I had a spare moment to think, I kept wondering how my two guys were doing ...

Dave Starr said...

Hearty Congrats to both you and the students, John. It takes both to make a success.

The first Dave asked two very good questions, I'd love to hear your answers.

RJ Wannabe said...

Congratulations John! I bet it is satisfying. You're obviously a great instructor and will continue to see your students through successful check rides on the first attempt.

Mike

Ron said...

Spin training is a great idea. Not because the student is likely to get into a spin, but because unless they've experienced them and know they can institute a recover, they will be afraid of the unknown. That means they'll be afraid of stalls. I believe a lot of landing accidents are due to landing at higher than normal speeds. After talking with a lot of pilots, they seem to be afraid of stalls. I think it all comes back to lack of practical spin training and quality ground instruction on spins.