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.
A situation that can get frustrating for both students and flight instructors is when the student just doesn't seem to get it. There are a variety of underlying reasons for this happening, but most instructors aren't really prepared to deal with a student who isn't progressing. Jim Sweeney joins us to talk about strategies for those frustrated instructors and students.
We visit with Doug Stewart, organizer of the flight instructor symposium held in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago. While the focus was certainly on general aviation, those of us in sport and ultralight aviation share a lot of the same issues.
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.
Bob Armond joins Michael Purdy to talk about managing torque on paramotors - there is more to it than you may think. They also talk about why it's important to pick your instructor before you buy equipment, you don't want to end up involved in the the PPG Training Boycott.
The FAA's General Aviation and Commercial Division brought aviation organizations and Flight Instructor Renewal Clinic (FIRC) providers together in Washington D.C. to talk about "Updating the Flight instructor Renewal Process to Enhance Safety of Flight." The meeting was the result of the FAA's indication that it has "been reviewing indicators that suggest that the process currently in place (by which flight instructors renew their certificates) may lack sufficient effectiveness in ensuring that CFI's are being provided the best information in the most useful manner." We talk with Jason Blair to hear what was actually discussed and to see if the FAA's opinion of 'sufficient effectiveness' matches everyone else's.
When can't a Sport Pilot Certified Flight Instructor provide all of the training required for a student wanting to become a sport pilot? That is when a sport pilot is wanting to learn to fly an airplane with a Vh greater than 87 knots. David Oord joins us to talk about what the FAA says a sport pilot CFI can't do for a student sport pilot.
You can tell a lot about someone by the friends they keep. And Eric has managed to surround himself with a cadre of incredible people, starting of course, with his gorgeous and meticulous wife. I add meticulous because of the work she does brining the shredded remains of gliders back to their gliderly form. It ...
Pilot Certificates are in for another change. The FAA published an NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) that will mandate pictures on the pilot certificate. This rule will apply to all pilots, including sport pilots.
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.