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Feature Article: The Instructor
I can teach you to fly in about five minutes but it will
take the rest of your life to get it right. It is not just ability
to exercise reasonable control of the airplane that makes the
pilot. The complete pilot, even the student, needs to be aware
of the total pie that constitutes flying. To do this in the restraints
of the training regime is the initial problem.
Instructors don't know what they don't know and students don't
know what they don't know. (Basic precept...likely to appear
again...and again...and again...) As an instructor, I try to
make a distinction between telling a student what to do and teaching
the what, why, and how of doing something. Knowing the reason
is as important, if not more important, than the actual performance.
Over two-thirds of flight training takes place on the ground.
The homework assignment, preflight discussion and post-flight
analysis are as essential as the flight itself. The failure of
a lesson begins when the teacher has failed to provide the motivation
the student needs to prepare for the flight. The teacher must
determine before the lesson that the student is prepared. If
a prepared student fails to succeed then there is some unknown
factor in the instruction making a difference. This factor needs
to be found by the instructor. I have generally found many of
the difficulties to lie in the student selecting the incorrect
priority either in the aircraft, on the radio or, outside the
aircraft. You are not expected to know and learn everything all
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