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CFI to CFICFI to CFI: The Lingering Flight Review

 Volume 7 | Issue 3

Feature: he Lingering Flight Review—Explore Proficiency in a Way that Really Counts
“If we only see someone for an hour of ground and an hour of flight, what’s the most productive use of that time, and how can we simultaneously entice pilots to come back for additional training of their own volition?”

Departments: Accident Case Study: Unintended Consequences—Complacency’s Red Flags | ASI Online: Look Out! Don’t Get Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place | Chart Challenge: How Long is the Runway? |CFI Tips: The Next Two Things—Use the Finger Tap | CFI Tools: Bernoulli or Newton? Essential Aerodynamics: Stalls, Spins, and Safety | Chief’s Corner: Dancing With Drones | Safety Seminar: Trivia Night! | Safety Spotlight: You’re Not Teflon—Getting in Trouble When Not Teaching | Safety Quiz: A Tale of Two ILSs

Commentary: ASI Message: Knowledge & Experience | Collected Wisdom: Tricks of the Trade | Letters | News

Video: Accident Case Study: Unintended Consequences—Complacency’s Red Flags | ASI Online: Look Out! Don’t Get Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place | CFI Tips: The Next Two Things—Use the Finger Tap | Pilot Safety Announcement: Greetings from the Flight Deck | Real Pilot Story: From Miscue to Rescue

cfi to cfi newsletterCFI to CFI: Tiptoeing Through TFRs—Prepare Wisely

 Volume 7 | Issue 2

Feature: Feature: Tiptoeing Through TFRs—Prepare Wisely “Remember that simply taking off to do pattern work at your home field does not keep you safe from a TFR violation.”

Departments:ASI Online: Engine Out?—Fly the Plane! | Chart Challenge: What, No Pilot in the Cockpit? |CFI Tips: Mnemonic Pyramid—Memorizing VFR Minimums | CFI Tools: Runway Signage and Markings | Chief’s Corner: Distractions, Distractions… | Real Pilot Story: Ditching in the Dark | Safety Seminar: Trivia Night! | Safety Spotlight: Emergency Procedures Training—A Delicate Situation | Safety Quiz: Spatial Disorientation

Commentary: ASI Message: Personal Minimums| Collected Wisdom: Tricks of the Trade | Letters | News

Video: Tiptoeing Through TFRs—Prepare Wisely | ASI Online: Engine Out?—Fly the Plane! | CFI Tips: Mnemonic Pyramid—Memorizing VFR Minimums | Pilot Safety Announcement: Vacation—Are You Ready? | Real Pilot Story: Ditching in the Dark

cfi to cfi newsletterCFI to CFI: Checkride—Be There for Your Students

 Volume 7 | Issue 1

Feature: Checkride—Be There for Your Students
“Practical test day is stressful for the student but it can be easier if a good flight instructor does his or her job well. Preparing the student for a practical test is a big part of a CFI’s job, but the finishing touches require that the instructor follows through right to the end.”

Departments: Accident Case Study: Final Approach | ASI Online: Collision Avoidance—See, Sense, Separate | CFI Tips: Lockheed Martin Flight Service | CFI Tools: SkySpotter—Pireps Made Easy | Chief’s Corner: CFIs and the New Student Pilot Certification Process | Safety Seminar: Emergency! Getting It Right When Things Go Wrong | Safety Spotlight: Indistractible | Safety Quiz: The Almost ILS

Commentary: ASI Message: Preventing Misfueling| Collected Wisdom: Tricks of the Trade | Letters | News

Video: Accident Case Study: Final Approach | ASI Online: Collision Avoidance—See, Sense, Separate | CFI Tips: Lockheed Martin Flight Service | Pilot Safety Announcement: Rundown Feeling

CFI to CFI NewsletterCFI to CFI: Flying—For the Love of it

 Volume 6 | Issue 4

Feature: Flying—For the Love of it
“For those of us who have merely lost our focus for the briefest of moments, we have only to remember why we learned to fly.”

Departments: Accident Case Study:Delayed Reaction | ASI Online: Avoiding Power-On Stalls | CFI Tips: Lockheed Martin Flight Service | CFI Tools: IFR Insights—A Practical Approach | Safety Seminar: Emergency! Getting It Right When Things Go Wrong | Safety Spotlight: Things that Go Bump in the Night | Safety Quiz: Winter Escape

Commentary: ASI Message: Type Clubs—Follow their Lead!| Collected Wisdom: Tricks of the Trade | Letters | News

Video:Accident Case Study: Delayed Reaction | ASI Online: Avoiding Power-On Stalls | CFI Tips: Lockheed Martin Flight Service | Pilot Safety Announcement: Flying Blind

CFI to CFI NewsletterCFI to CFI: Plunging into Unusual Attitudes

 Volume 6 | Issue 3

Feature: Plunging into Unusual Attitudes—Dynamic Flight at the Edge of the Envelope
“Whether enrolling in unusual attitude training or upset prevention and recognition training, having had the experience could someday be a lifesaver when something unexpected jolts our otherwise serene flight...”

Departments: Accident Case Study: Communication Breakdown | ASI Online: Use AOA to Keep Stalls at Bay | CFI Tips: Lockheed Martin Flight Service | CFI Tools: Transitioning to Other Airplanes | Safety Seminar: Cross Country Challenge | Safety Spotlight: The Devil You Know | Safety Quiz: Flight Review

Commentary: ASI Message: A 90-Percent Solution| Collected Wisdom: Tricks of the Trade | Letters | News

Video:Accident Case Study: Communication Breakdown | ASI Online: Use AOA to Keep Stalls at Bay | CFI Tips: Lockheed Martin Flight Service | Pilot Safety Announcement: Hybrid Power | Safety Spotlight: The Devil You Know

CFI to CFI NewsletterCFI to CFI: Get Schooled

 Volume 6 | Issue 2

Feature: Get Schooled—Applying Nuts and Bolt in Flight Training
“Developing a greater understanding of the aircraft systems—not just from reading about them but by talking to mechanics and helping to work on the systems—gives us a broader knowledge base to work from when troubleshooting a potential emergency situation.”

Departments: ASI Online: Communication is Everything | Chief's Corner: Invest in Yourself | CFI Tips: Lockheed Martin Flight Service | CFI Tools: ADS-B Spelled Out | Real Pilot Story: From Miscue to Rescue | Safety Seminar: Cross Country Challenge | Safety Spotlight: Done it a Million Times | Safety Quiz: IFR Charts: Into a Black Hole

Commentary: ASI Message: Back to Basics | Collected Wisdom: Tricks of the Trade | Letters | News

Video: ASI Online: Communication is Everything | CFI Tips: Lockheed Martin Flight Service | Real Pilot Story: From Miscue to Rescue | Pilot Safety Announcement: Real Aviation Heroes

CFI to CFI NewsletterCFI to CFI: My Toughest Student

Volume 6 | Issue 1

Feature: My Toughest Student—Flying with Mom
“She wanted to get started on her instrument rating, fly some approaches on our way home, and log as much time as possible under the hood. Already, this seemingly simple airplane checkout was getting complicated.”

Departments: Accident Case Study: Emergency Management |ASI Online: Could You Handle a Survival Situation? | Chief's Corner: Safe Strategies to Live By | CFI Tips: The Eastman Technique | CFI Tools: Get Ready to Taxi | Safety Seminar: After the Crash—Surviving an Aircraft Accident | Safety Spotlight: Blurred Lines | Safety Quiz: What You Can’t See, Can Hurt You

Commentary: True Confessions | Letters | News

Video: Accident Case Study: Emergency Management |ASI Online: Could You Handle a Survival Situation? | Pilot Safety Announcement: Living on the Edge | Safety Seminar: After the Crash—Mythbursters

CFI to CFI NewsletterCFI to CFI: Deciding to Go Around

Volume 5 | Issue 4

Feature: Deciding to Go Around—Fundamentals of a Rejected Landing

“There are a number of links in this near-accident chain…most important, the student’s fundamental misunderstanding of what a go-around really is and when it should be used.”

Departments: ASI Online: Learn and Earn Safety Challenge | Chief's Corner: What’s On Your Mind? | CFI Tips: Who is Flying This Airplane? | CFI Tools: Help Your Students Learn | Real Pilot Story: Icing Encounter | Safety Seminar: After the Crash—Surviving an Aircraft Accident | Safety Spotlight: First Things First | Safety Quiz: Fly the Boardwalk Approach

Commentary:Controlled Flight Into Terrain | Letters | Touch and Goes—Have We Been Teaching it Wrong?

Video: Accident Case Study: CFI Tools: Help Your Students Learn—Ask ATC | Pilot Safety Announcement: It’s a Drag | Real Pilot Story:  Icing Encounter | RPS Sidebar: Flying the Weather—Picking Up Ice

CFI to CFI NewsletterCFI to CFI: The Safest Course?

Volume 5 | Issue 3

Feature: The Safest Course? Examining Accidents During Advanced Instruction

“CFIIs, remember that your first obligation isn’t as instructor but safety pilot—and that means sacrificing training objectives if it’s necessary to assure separation.”

Departments:

Departments: Chief's corner: Letting Go | CFI Tips: Avoiding VFR into IMC—A strategy | CFI Tools: ASI Download Portal | Safety Spotlight: The Virtue of Adversity | Safety Quiz: Cross-Country Flight to Festus

Commentary: Flaps Lapse | Letters

Video: Accident Case Study: VFR into IMC—Equals Dead-End Proposition | ASI Message: Only Six Percent | ASI Online: Datalink Weather: from Concept to Cockpit | CFI Tips: Avoiding VFR into IMC—A strategy | Pilot Safety Announcement: 178 Seconds to Live

CFI to CFI NewsletterCFI to CFI: Arrival and Approach Briefings

Volume 5 | Issue 2

Feature: Arrival and Approach Briefings—The Components of a Safe Arrival
“Single pilot operations in light aircraft can be safer if you teach pilots the value of thinking through what it’s going to take to get from en route to tie-down.”

Departments:

Departments: Chief's corner: Flying is as Safe as You Make It | CFI Tips: Density Altitude—An Experiment | CFI Tools: Passenger Safety Briefing | Safety Spotlight: Into the Unknown | Safety Quiz: Non-Precision Approach at CEC

Commentary: Talking to ATC | Landing Attitude

Video: CFI Tips: Density Altitude—An Experiment | CFI Tools: Passenger Safety Briefing | Pilot Safety Announcement: School Daze | Real Pilot Story: Fire in the Cockpit

CFI to CFI NewsletterCFI to CFI: It’s My Aircraft

Volume 5 | Issue 1

Feature: It’s My Aircraft
“Are you and your students prepared for an in-flight emergency?”

Departments:

Departments: CFI Tools: Need a Second Opinion? | CFI Tips: See & Avoid | Safety Spotlight: Don’t Scare the Children | Chief's corner: Teaching Soft Skills | Safety Quiz: Teach Your Students About ODPs

Commentary: Logging On For Online Refresher Course | Help Me—I’m Stalling...

Video: CFI Commentary: Everyone’s Problem | Accident Case Study: Communication Breakdown | Pilot Safety Announcement: iPanel | CFI Tools: Need a Second Opinion? | CFI Tips: See & Avoid—The Troxler Effect | Safety Spotlight: Don’t Scare the Children

CFI to CFI NewsletterCFI 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 NewsletterCFI 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 NewsletterCFI 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 NewsletterCFI 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