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Jun
30
2015

Flight Instructors: Know Thy Neighbors!

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As a pilot examiner, I have the opportunity to work with many flight schools and instructors throughout my district. I sometimes take it for granted that my visits to flight schools are a rare benefit to me not often afforded to other flight schools in our local area. The ability to see varied procedures and techniques provides insights into how the average flight school conducts business. I often get to see curriculum development, local airport procedures, internal instructor training, and other aspects of day-to-day operations. [Read More...]



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May
20
2015

Hey Instructor…Why Do YOU Teach?

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Without reservation, I can say that I have found my passion in life. I love teaching the art of helicopter flight. I don’t know when, where, or why my passion for sharing my love for helicopters developed, I only know that I enjoy it. Equally enjoyable is serving the FAA as a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE). Do all instructors share this passion? If not, what motivates instructors in their vital role within our industry? [Read More...]



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Apr
23
2015

Operational Decision Making: Life after Flight Training

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Within the flight training industry, a key component to mitigating risk is standardization. Providing the student and instructor with repeatable tools to aid in the decision-making process provides a predictable environment in which flight training can occur safely. However, this may be a double-edged sword. On one side you have a highly standardized method of operating that is repeatable, predictable, and offers very little in the form of operational risk. On the other side, the student pilot is offered very little opportunity to make operational decisions. The key to becoming a safe, competent helicopter pilot is the ability to make good decisions. [Read More...]



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Mar
23
2015

Helicopter Cross-Country: Getting There is Only Half the Fun

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The FAA requires all initial pilot certificate applicants (except ATP) to demonstrate cross-country proficiency during a practical test. The Practical Test Standard (PTS) Area of Operation identifying the proficiency to be demonstrated is titled “Navigation.” Tasks included within this section of the PTS are pilotage and dead reckoning, radio navigation and radar services, diversion, and lost procedures. This portion of the exam is intended to verify that the student has sufficient knowledge to fly a helicopter safely outside of his or her local flying area. [Read More...]



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Feb
23
2015

Sliding To A Standard - The Running/Roll-On Landing

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Within the FAA’s practical test standard (PTS) for helicopters, the proficiency requirements to successfully demonstrate a running/roll-on landing are identified. They are seemingly simple: establish and maintain: a shallow approach angle, a proper rate of closure, and proper flight control technique after surface contact. The PTS wants us to talk about surface texture, height/velocity diagram, and factors affecting performance data, all really good topics. However, I’ve found a question that few applicants can answer: Why are we here? [Read More...]



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Jan
21
2015

Critical Reactions: When The Anti-Torque Stops Working

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In last October’s issue, we discussed time-critical reaction requirements during an unanticipated [Read More...]



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Dec
03
2014

Instructional Burnout … Are You Feeling The Heat?

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Any instructor having conducted significant hours of instruction has experienced instructional [Read More...]



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Nov
17
2014

Critical Reactions : Are Your Students Ready?

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As helicopter pilots, we learn the art of autorotation early in our training program. We practice [Read More...]



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Nov
12
2014

DPE Refresh: The FAA’s SEED Program at Work

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Did you recently take an examination facilitated by a FAA-appointed Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE)? [Read More...]



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Nov
03
2014

FAA Practical Test Standards: Is The Minimum Good Enough

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The FAA Practical Test Standards (PTS) outline the minimum standards for a pilot applicant. The [Read More...]



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