http://www.rapp.org/archives/2014/05/le ... nstructor/
Two words: Barefoot BanditI feel a major part of being an instructor is simply keeping the student from hurting themselves or the airplane while they learn how to fly
I had a Pitts transition student with whom I flew in the S-2C for a half dozen hours before learning that not only did he lack a pilot certificate, but he actually taught himself to fly in a Cardinal that his family owned when he lived in the Midwest as a kid.
The most surprising aspect? His self-education was so solid that nothing seemed out of place or abnormal about his skills or knowledge when we jumped into the Pitts. As anyone who’s flown one will tell you, the Pitts is an extremely demanding aircraft, even by tailwheel standards
In these days of entitlement and spoon-feeding,
what a breath of fresh air.
Thinking about it, I taught myself:
- my group 3 instrument rating. Got a local corporate pilot to sign me off.
- formation aerobatics
- negative G formation aerobatics
- low altitude aerobatics
- low altitude formation aerobatics
Plus I've checked myself out in many, many
different types of aircraft because although
there are plenty of guys with brown leather
jackets and RayBans that like to talk, very
few people in aviation are actually up for the
moment. Try finding someone to teach you
negative G formation aerobatics, for example.
Try teaching yourself instead. And no, there
is no app for that.