Situational awareness is a key skill whether flying an airplane or running a business. In the air, it’s vital to know where you are and where you’re going. In business, especially the business of flight training, it’s vital to know where your customers are.
Too often we leave student progress completely up to our flight instructors. If they succeed, we succeed. If they fail, we fail. Instead of leaving your school up to your instructor corps, take control and ensure that each of your students is successful.
Thankfully, there is one technique that will ensure this happens, and implementing it is quick and easy. Although it may seem counterproductive, establish a meeting. Require your flight instructors to come to a weekly session where the only order of business is an update on the progress of each of their students. To make this as effective as possible, set some ground rules.
Although adding a meeting to everyone’s schedule can seem to be the exact opposite of progress, there is power in knowing exactly where your students are in the curriculum. Not only does it offer you a chance to make sure no one drops through the cracks, it gives you a way to engage them when you see them at the school, and it connects your instructors in a positive learning environment that values learning and feedback.