So as it turns out, everyone always answers to someone. Many of us have had the unhappy flight instructor flight experience. But flight instructors often have to answer to schools. And, well, schools have to answer to people, too. This little spoof puts all of that in perspective from an international point of view. The ...
The new LODA order is out. Yay. This is the order that allows local FSDO's to write letters of deviation authority for flight instructors to provide flight instruction in experimental aircraft. There are some good things in the order, especially for gyroplanes. It is very close to the document that sport pilot CFI's needed in 2009. Unfortunately it is now 2011. David Oord talks about the order, what is good in it and how instructors can apply for a LODA so that they can get instructing again.
Trikes have been getting a lot of press recently. Unfortunately, all of it is the worst kind of attention. With trike pilots arguably being the smallest community (OK, elite group) of pilots out there, it becomes even more important that trike pilots be good ambassadors for the sport. Terri Sipantzi joins us to talk about that and more. For example the TSA is becoming a lot more interested in who trike CFI's are training. Terri talks about how to stay straight with the TSA.
One of the big problems for students and flight instructors is not working from a syllabus. When you begin a training session with your instructor, the first question shouldn't be, "What did we do last time?" A syllabus is a simple tool that organizes the training in a way that makes things efficient and effective. Jim talks about how CFI's can get their hands on free syllabi or how to build their own.
The Great Northwest has been a hotbed of powered parachute activity for almost 20 years. Doug Maas from Six Chuter shares some of the news with us from that part of the world. There are changing challenges, new aircraft models, and more to talk about.
A big part of starting flight training now is making sure that your potential student isn't a potential terrorist. At least that is the way the TSA looks at things. Jim Sweeney talks about the requirements out there for CFI's to make sure that their students are US citizens and -if not- what kinds of hoops have to be jumped through before beginning training. The AOPA has a guide and a checklist that are very helpful for flight instructors.
Are you a pilot whose patience is running out waiting for the FAA to issue a Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA) so you can resume giving instruction in your experimental light-sport aircraft? If you’re one of the hundreds of E-LSA owners who had a training deviation prior to January 31, 2010, but are now considering ...