CFI Renewal

It’s that time again for me to renew my CFI certificates. I must say that I’m nervous. Not so much as nervous about the material and getting it done, but nervous about how I’m going to fit it into my schedule. Aside from my love of flying, I have a family and a full time business that I must run. My family life is crazy busy to say the least and my company is on the grow so. Not only that, it also requires me to re-certify in my field every so often which I’m in the middle of now.

So, where am I going to find the time? I’ve been renewing online for the last six years and will do so again as it is convenient and there isn’t a live session less than 400 miles from me. In the past, I’ve used Jeppsen’s renewal course (A+ in my opinion). This year I will be trying the new eFIRC from AOPA’s Air Safety Institute. Why? Because I like the idea of being able to start well in advance on my studies and not worrrying about cramming. In fact, you are allowed to start 2 years in advance. I love that idea. I can stay current with continuos, short study sessions, not cram and

Spacing

Spacing

We’ve all been in the air on a busy Saturday morning or when the winter weather turns to a nice spring day. It certainly can be frustrating, intimidating and sometimes scary when we’re “bumper to bumper” or nose to tail in the traffic pattern.

I really liked this article put out by AOPA this month in their ‘Training Tips’. It’s called Proper Spacing is Critical and you need to read it. Enjoy!

Proper Spacing is Critical

Flight Review

IMG_20140430_082354Congratulations to Mike here in KSLC for completing his flight review after a few years off of flying. Happy to have him navigating our skies safely and enjoying some summer flying!

 

Now is a great time of year to get proficient and safe. With summer ahead, get current and start flying! Or, I suppose you could just be happy mowing the lawn and wishing you were flying. I myself prefer a shoddy yard as I view all the nice ones from our Piper!

Here are some great videos from our friends at Randon Aviation that cover some staple maneuvers to expect in a typical flight review:

http://www.randonaviation.com/training-videos/

Third Class Medical or Not?

Third Class Medical or Not?

This may be a good boost for GA as many pilots have stopped flying due to a loss of their medical. If the General Aviation Community can experience a burst of interest and participation from former pilots, we may just stop feeling like a dying breed. Here’s the full article put out by AOPA on the FAA’s announcement:

http://bit.ly/1hu9UEQ

Pilot Training with Piper

Pilot Training with Piper

I recently read a refreshing article regarding Piper getting more involved in the training and flight school market. I know that’s hard to believe they could get more involved as most of us have all flown a Piper aircraft of some sort in our current or past training career. However if you look at how dominant Cessna has been with their 172 series and 152’s of the past, it makes sense for Piper to want to step up. I love flying so whether I’m in a 172, Archer, Warrior etc, it really doesn’t matter to me. For training purposes, as a CFI, I will say the 172’s are very forgiving, but there is something to say about a training in a low wing Piper. I found with past students it simply came down to what was available, cheap and preference, in that order.

Piper does seem to have a few training markets cornered such as with their twin Seminole and it would be interesting to know if we will see  “Piper Training Centers” competing with Cessna Training Centers. Anything to keep future pilots interested, engaged and excited will only benefit the aviation community. Here’s the link to the full article put out by AOPA: http://bit.ly/Yh92Ju