Teaching the Older Pilot
Age and Pilot Performance: Insights From Dr. Victor
Mike introduces Dr. Victor, a seasoned medical professional with expertise in breast cancer prevention.
Dr. Victor shares experiences as an academic, pilot, and flight instructor, addressing challenges faced by older pilots.
Emphasis on flight instructors' awareness of concerns, acknowledging Richard Nixaden's safety advocacy.
Discussion on pilot demographics, the impact of age on performance, and questioning the average pilot profile.
Aging Pilots' Performance and Cognitive Changes
Insights into the impact of aging on pilot performance, referencing a study showing overall decline.
Stress on experience offsetting decline; older pilots with high flight time maintaining skills.
Discussion on age-related cognitive changes in perception, memory, psycho motor control.
Mention of potential misuse of synthetic vision in advanced aircraft.
Older Pilots' Physical and Cognitive Abilities
Importance of evaluating physical and cognitive abilities by flight instructors.
Emphasis on assessing skills beyond airplane handling, including memory, decision-making, and information processing.
Reminder for self-certification, addressing safety issues like illness, medications, alcohol, and fatigue.
Recommendations for maintaining health: regular physicals, sleep, nutrition, hydration, and consulting aviation medical examiners.
Older Pilots' Proficiency and Safety
Stress on flight instructors' guidance and direction for older pilots' proficiency.
Highlight of a tragic incident underscoring the importance of safety.
Mike's commitment to share presentation slides, availability of resources on their website, and recognition of attendees.
Discussion on safety measures in flight reviews and the ability to decline if proficiency concerns exist.
Safety, Proficiency, and Assertiveness in Flight Reviews
Emphasis on flight instructors asserting 'no' if safety concerns arise during flight reviews.
Mike shares experiences with older flight instructors and introduces the Wind Tunnel Pro tool.
Mention of the CFI Study group on Facebook as a valuable resource for flight instructor training.
Recognition of the importance of assertiveness in situations where safety is at stake.
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