October 29, 2008
By AOPA ePublishing staff
When Norm Wolfe of Fort Atkinson, Wis., began teaching instrument ground school at Proficient Flight, he realized that old methods of training just wouldn’t do.
“The one thing I did not like was the ground school training—a lot of talk and a lot of scribble on a dry eraser board,” he said.
So he began to develop his own lesson plans. But the 19,000-hour former military and airline pilot struggled with the best ways to present some challenging concepts. That was when a friend suggested he check out the AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s online courses.
The first course he tried, “ GPS for IFR Operations,” impressed him so much that he decided to replicate the information for his students. They, in turn, were so impressed that they recommended he publish it.
“I told them it was not my course but one of several of AOPA Air Safety Foundation courses offered, and I advised them to check them out,” he said.
After again struggling with the best way to teach students about charts, Wolfe returned to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation for help from the “ IFR Insights: Charts” course. Before long, he was integrating the foundation’s courses into all of his instrument training ground schools.
“I found all the ASF courses to be the best I have ever worked with, and every time I present them in training, I am proud to be using them as a part of my training,” he said. “My students are as impressed as I am.”
The AOPA Air Safety Foundation offers more than 25 free, interactive online training courses for VFR and IFR pilots. Topics range from decision making and single-pilot IFR, to mountain flying and runway safety.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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