CFI to CFI Newsletter Archive

CFI to CFI: The Journey to Becoming a CFI

Volume 4 | Issue 4

Feature: The Journey to Becoming a CFI

“From the first moment in flight instructor training, you never quite see aviation the same way again.”

Departments:

CFI Tools: Flying the Weather | CFI Tips: Takeoffs & Landings | Safety Spotlight: Words to the Wise | Chief’s corner: What's the Weather Really Like? | Safety Quiz: Ice Flight

Commentary/Video: Something to Fear | Into the Ice

Video: ASI Note: eFIRC at Your Service | Accident Case Study: Delayed Reaction | Pilot Safety Announcement: It’s a Drag | CFI Tools: Flying the Weather | CFI Tips: Takeoffs & Landings

CFI to CFI: A Question of the Mind

Volume 4 | Issue 3

Feature: A Question of the Mind

“He explained that he had wanted to fly all his life—he had dreamed of being a pilot since early childhood—but the night before, his dream had been destroyed: He had been scared half out of his wits and was going to discontinue training.”

Departments:

CFI Tools: Airspace “On the Go” with e-Flash Cards | CFI Tips: Stall Commandments | Safety Spotlight: Caveat Mentor | Chief’s corner: Focus on What’s Important | Safety Quiz: A Day in the Sun

Commentary/Video: To Your Health | It’s the Basics

Video: CFI Tips: Stall Recovery | ASI Note: eFIRC at Your Service | Accident Case Study: In Too Deep | Pilot Safety Announcement: V.A.C.A.T.I.O.N.

CFI to CFI: 5 Tips For Dynamite Demonstrations

Volume 4 | Issue 2

Feature: 5 Tips For Dynamite Demonstrations

Maneuver demonstrations are key events for aviation students. Although flight instructors are generally excellent observers and critics, they sometimes provide demonstrations that are not as helpful as they should be.

Departments:

CFI Tools: Boost your business | CFI Tips: Measure with the right ruler | Safety Spotlight: See for yourself | Chief’s corner: eFIRC | Safety Quiz: Thunderstorm avoidance

Commentary/Video: Honing your craft | Stuff your CFII may not have told you

Video: Chief's corner: Accident case study featured in eFIRC | ASI Online: Accident Case Study—Time lapse | Real Pilot Story: Bird strike | Ask ATC: Practice approach

CFI to CFI: Professionalism

Volume 4 | Issue 1

Feature: Professionalism

A student taught by a flight instructor with a professional attitude will reflect that professional attitude, their competence as a pilot never in question.

Departments:

CFI Tools: ASI at your service | Safety Spotlight: Four’s a crowd | Chief’s corner: Save a life | Safety Quiz: Are you ready to fly rogue?

Commentary/Video: Flip your classroom | Airline of one: Déjà vu, again?

Video: CFI Tips: The power of questions | ASI Online: Heads up! Improving runway safety | Real Pilot Story: Underwater escape | Ask ATC: Flight following & airspace

CFI to CFI: Behavioral modeling (Part 2)

Volume 3 | Issue 3

Feature: Behavioral modeling (Part 2)

Good teachers tend to use behavior-modeling skills naturally, regardless of whether or not they’ve had specific training in educational psychology…

Departments:

CFI Tools: The CFI who makes a difference | Safety Spotlight: Know your enemy | Chief's corner: The journey’s journal

Commentary: Welcome to your new digital edition of CFI to CFI

Video: CFI Tips: Emergencies—Beyond the checklist | ASI Online: Critical Information—The passenger safety briefing | Real Pilot Story: Ambushed by ice | Ask ATC: Minimum fuel vs. fuel emergency

CFI to CFI: Behavioral modeling (Part 1)

Volume 3 | Issue 2

Feature: Behavioral modeling (Part 1)

Once you know the details of how any behavior or skill is assembled in your noggin…you can more easily repackage that knowledge and use it to guide and develop your students’ behavior…

Departments:

CFI Tools: A tale of two students | Safety Spotlight: A life cut short | Chief's corner: Enjoy the ride

Commentary: GA safety is my responsibility

Video: Dancing with Sean Tucker | Ask ATC: Transponder operations | Storm Week

CFI to CFI: Scaring the runway

Volume 3 | Issue 1

Feature: Scaring the runway

...the student will touch down gently enough, not realizing we've landed..

 

Departments: CFI Tools: The runway-alignment reflex | Safety Spotlight: Whatever you say, sir. | Chief's corner: Are you listening?

Commentary: Breaking the cycle—Final thoughts

Video: Engine failure in IMC | Ask ATC: Progressive tax | Icing can drag you down!

CFI to CFI: I told you so!

 

 

 

 

Volume 2 | Issue 4

Feature: I told you so!

Bill entered the spin the way we had discussed. Then suddenly things went horribly wrong.

Departments: CFI Tools: Aviation katas | Safety Spotlight: Who's in charge? | Chief's corner: Teaching the teacher

Commentary: Breaking the cycle—No regrets

Video: Fire in the cockpit | Flight Training Initiative | Ask ATC: Flight Following | Real Aviation Heroes

CFI to CFI: The five-step teacher

 

 

 

 

Volume 2 | Issue 3

Feature: The five-step teacher

Unfortunately, there's often a big difference between how we teach a maneuver and what we really do ourselves.

Departments: CFI Tools: AOPA Aviation Summit—focus on safety | Safety Spotlight: See no evil  | Chief's corner: Never too late!

Commentary: Breaking the cycle

CFI to CFI: Chalk talk: 6 Tips to boost your board skills

 

 

 

 

Volume 2 | Issue 2

 

 

 

 

 

Feature: Chalk talk: 6 Tips to boost your board skills

Have the student take the board and explain what has just been taught. This additional opportunity for informal evaluation will help determine whether the student requires additional training.

Departments: CFI Tools: Even the masters have masters | Safety Spotlight: What can you do? | Chief's corner: Getting it

Commentary: Demystifying ATC: Who's behind the mask of radar scopes?

CFI to CFI: Hubert and the Spin

 

 

 

 

Volume 2 | Issue 1

 

 

 

Feature: Hubert and the Spin

"I never believed that flying could be so much fun," he said. "I never soloed before because my last instructor scared the pants off me."

 

Departments: CFI Tools: The art of professionalism | Safety Spotlight: That sinking feeling | Chief's corner: In their shoes

Commentary: What do student pilots value most in their CFI?

CFI to CFI: Mayday

 

 

 

 

Volume 1 | Issue 3

Feature: Mayday

Most pilots are as reluctant to declare an emergency as they are to abort a landing and perform a go-around. Instructors must do all they can to erase this dangerous mindset.

Departments: CFI tools: ASI webinars | Safety Spotlight: A little learning | Chief's corner: Switching hats

Commentary: A new flight plan

CFI to CFI: Mars Teaching Venus

 

 

 

 

Volume 1 | Issue 2

Feature: Mars teaching Venus

I had a flight instructor who would bark orders and scream at me when I couldn't do something right. I wanted to understand, and not understanding made me lose confidence.

Departments: CFI tools: ASI's Flight Risk Evaluator, Safety spotlight: Green on green, Chief's corner: Mother duck


CFI to CFI: Becoming a Flight Instructor

 

 

 

 

Volume 1 | Issue 1

Feature: Becoming a flight instructor

"You're my first student, you know," I volunteered. "Excellent," he smiled. "That means you'll be around for a while!"

Departments: CFI tools: Airspace flash cards, Safety spotlight: CFIs behaving badly, Chief's corner: Proactive safety education?