|You want me to fly at 16,000'? No problem!|
|Looks like I needed a little more right rudder!|
I continued my training and was soon teaching others how to become pilots. It was then that the light bulb turned on. I needed to be training these pilots for life, not just for a checkride. I, of course, still showed my students the PTS standards, but I explained that if they flew these minimum standards, they were barely passing... and in school barely passing means getting all Cs. Do I want to train pilots to be C pilots, standard pilots? Heck no! We want to be the best at what we do- that is why we are pilots. We are competitive and we want to be the best!
Remember, it takes time to become a great pilot, but it is possible. Don't expect "perfection" (of course 100% perfection is not possible, but you know what I mean), especially not on your first flight; if you do you won't make it past the first lesson. Not once did I have a student fly "perfect" on the first, second, or even 15th flight. It takes a lot of time and patience, but if you are determined, you will get there.
Here are a few things I did to get my students from their first flight to awesome pilots:
Prior to my students first solo I had my students practice the PTS standards, but I accepted deviations- if you are too hard on yourself, or if your instructor is too hard on you, that just brings negative learning, and that is no good. The solo is amazing for building confidence and helping you (or your students) realize that you really can fly an airplane with no assistance from an instructor.
After the solo I would tighten the standards, but remind my students before each flight that I expected them to be able to fly within the PTS standards. I didn't say this in a mean way, but in a motivating way, telling them that I knew they could do it! "You can fly solo, so you can fly within the PTS standards, no problem."
After a few more flight lessons came the solo cross-countries. Again, an amazing confidence builder. To all students- now, not only can you fly all over the place by yourself, but you have had the time, alone, to practice your flying skills- with no flight instructor talking the entire time distracting you (I'm sure I never distracted my students from talking too much, I just heard stories of other instructors doing that).
|Aiming for 180 knots, pretty darn close!|
Now I know I was not the perfect flight instructor, and I'm sure there are better ways to teach than what I did, but I really tried to teach my students to be great pilots for life, not just for a checkride, and I hope you will do the same.
If you are an instructor, do better! If you are a student, accept more of yourself and remember, if you can fly 100' low consistently, you can fly your target altitude consistently! Accept only your best!