You have a new student who wants the Pinch Hitter experience? Here’s how to start, including some basic lesson plans to expand upon as needed to suit your student’s needs.
There are two parts to these lesson plans: ground school and basic flying skills. As an instructor, and especially as a Pinch Hitter instructor, you have a unique opportunity: You will be the one to introduce your student to the joys of flying in a new way. Plan instruction carefully and gain your student’s confidence quickly. Keep in mind that some students are taking Pinch Hitter training to help lessen their nerves in the air, so be careful to avoid anything that might startle or frighten them. Make sure that you keep the idea of flying, and especially landing, accessible.
Here are a few pointers from those with experience teaching Pinch Hitter students:
Of course, landings tend to cause the most apprehension and difficulty for students. Keep things consistent and simple, and be prepared to give subtle help if necessary to avoid any abrupt maneuvers or hard landings. Remember: Pinch Hitter students aren’t working toward an FAA certificate (yet!). Your primary goal is to make this a fun, positive learning experience for them.