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Spring Training Starts Soon


For CFIs to Be -

  1. Don’t wait until the snow melts. You need more time than you think. 

  2. Find a CFI or CFI program with a plan. A written syllabus that goes from handshake to checkride. 

  3. Run from CFIs that want to meet once a week or infrequently. 

  4. When a CFi says I can’t do a lazy eight or other maneuver, but I can see if you are doing it right, they don’t do enough of this kind of training. Run. 

  5. Get the spin endorsement on the next nice day before springtime. 

  6. Get some right seat instruction. Don’t try this solo. 

  7. Don’t think you can self study for this rating. You will do a lot of it but, this is one of the few ratings that don’t allow the ground to be via a home study course. You need to log ground instruction from a qualified 61.195(h) instructor on these areas:

    1. The fundamentals of instruction - 61.185

    2. The aeronautical knowledge areas for Recreational, Private and Commercial pilots. 

  8. No amount of self study can make sure you can teach. You need a person that teaches teachers not a person who teaches pilots to help with this. 

  9. Teach your lesson plans out loud. You aren’t likely to be successful if you don’t. 

  10. Order a 1:42 scale Cessna 172 from Amazon now, before you need it. 

  11. Buy both HDMI and VGA cables and any adapters you need for your laptop or iPad. These are your backups if the internet isn’t working. 

  12. Practice presenting with the visual aids you have and intend to use. 

  13. Join the Facebook CFI Study Group. You’ll get a lot of help and guidance there. 

  14. Make a study outline for every session in advance from today to checkride. Adjust them along the way for more or less time as the studying progresses. 

  15. Use/buy resources that save you instructional review time. For example, things that walk you through scenarios for endorsements, airspace etc. 

  16. use an oral exam guide to evaluate what you know not as a textbook to teach you. 

For Pilots Pursuing a Certificate or Rating -

  1. Take advantage of nice weather days and get a lesson in.  If you are in a cold climate, CFI’s are not busy this time of year and may appreciate the chance to fly.

  2. Prepare for your Knowledge Test.

  3. Take an online course for the rating you are pursuing.

  4. Complete at least the ground portion of a phase of the wings program.

  5. Make a goal to finish the 3 flight areas of the wings program before spring.  Jump at flying on good weather days.

  6. If you are instrument-rated, get super proficient in a sim.  Get an IPC.


  1. Before beginning maneuvers at altitude, pick a distinct point on the ground. After each maneuver, locate this feature and see that you aren’t drifting away from it. In the UK this Its called an anchor point. 

  2. When pushing an airplane back into the tie down, stay upright and monitor the wingtips and tail position to the tie down markings. Don’t look under the airplane as you push it and don’t just use the nose wheel on the tie down marking as properly aligned. 

  3. Don’t install the tie bar unless you are moving the airplane now.  Don’t leave it connected while you preflight or leave the airplane tie down area. It should only be installed if you are actively in the process of moving the airplane. 

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