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CFI to CFI Newsletter Past Issues

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…


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…


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?