It May Take a Villiage

In their summer edition of Rotor Magazine, their Director of Safety suggested that every commercial pilot should have to have a CFI, and that they should be required to keep it current by training at least a 1 student per year. His rationale was that the industry accepts letting the newest of the new train students because “we have always done it this way.” I agree with the author’s view that most instructors lack the valuable element of experience, that instruction isn’t considered a real job, and that training from an experienced pilot could make a tremendous difference for a low-timer. But does anybody else see the flaw in this? Is flight training really done by 200-hour pilots only because it’s the way things have always been done?

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  1. I would have to agree. I trained initially at a typical flight school with “new” CFI’s. My training was excellent, and both the CFI’s I worked closest with are now very close friends, and I do not discount their skills as CFI’s, but both were under 1,000 total time.
    I finished my Commercial and CFI training at another school with a super HIGH time pilot who had been in the business since the Certification of the R22. HUGE difference in training. He taught me things and introduced me to other pilots and really moved my career forward by leaps and bounds…something just not available at a large “pilot puppy mills” (so to speak) flight school.


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