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Feature Article: Advice From Over 30 Years Ago
The performance of any complex activity, such as flying an
airplane, requires the learning of highly conditioned responses.
Subject matter must be recalled instantly, and procedures must
be performed reflexively--without hesitation or dependence on
conscious thought. Consequently, good performance in complex
activity requires study and practice beyond conscious thought.
This study and practice is called 'overlearning', and is accomplished
by exercise, drill and repetition.
Instructors can make best use of the time spent in drill and
repetition learning activity by adhering to the following principles:
- Prescribe practice which is objective and is practical in
- Define the specific training objective.
- Determine in preflight discussion that the learner has a thorough
understanding (insight) of the problem or task.
- Emphasize the importance of accuracy and technique, and provide
the additional motivation to achieve it.
- Provide guidance, which is neither too controlling, nor too
lax, and which permits experiencing what not to do, as well as
learning what to do.
- Emphasize relationships of parts and tasks. Teach trainees
when and how to expect transfer of skills learned in training
to good on-the-job performance.
- Prepare the learner for variations, and what to do when variations
or changes require modification of procedure. Bring as many realistic
variations into the training as time and conditions permit.
- Be alert to recognize the problems and needs of individuals.
Regulate your methods and temp to the personality and learning
pattern of each student.
- Remember that higher levels of learning (the ability to apply
and correlate) will aid the trainee in transferring knowledge
and training from one task to another.
- Attitude flying and precision aircraft control (which requires
the understanding, crosscheck, and use of all flight
instruments) should be taught from the start of training to facilitate
transition to high performance aircraft and
Canadian learning law #7 is called "Law of relationships
in which instruction is sequenced from the known to unknown,
simple to complex and easy to difficult.
--Really good pilots don't brag about it.
--A good pilot is most apt in a capacity to utilize cockpit resources.
If you expect to teach successfully you must incorporate humor
as the leavening to make your points rise properly. Learning
is fun in and of itself, a well placed remark or joke will serve
as a memory 'tag' to keep the learning point in place. Science
and technology will triumph over fear and superstition, God willing.
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