Teaching Weather Charts (last week) and In-Flight 'Lesson' Taught Today


January 23, 2005

Although I was dreading having to teach weather charts (i.e., Prognostic Charts, Surface Analysis, etc.....), last week;  all the preparation I put into my notes, paid-off and made what would have otherwise been a challenging teaching session work with relative smoothness.

Even John, was short on questions designed to elicit more information in my presentation (which usually is a good indicator that I've presented the information, well).

Later last week, I took 7TX and 'taught' John how to taxi, takeoff and land, Chandelles and Steep Turns (commercial style with 50 degree banks).  Went well,, although I needed a little polish on verbally explaining the maneuver and performing it at the same time.

I've been creating a folder of notes on my new notebook computer that 'Santa' got me last Christmas.  I've also been storing some useful animations for visual aids to support some of my lesson presentations on the notebook PC, as well.  Some of the sessions I presented at the beginning, I had presented off-the-cuff and although this worked with the initial subjects the problem with going without notes is that sometimes I would miss an important item here and there.  So, for those sessions where I didn't teach from notes; I'm now going back to create notes for my CFI ground session folder so that I'll have a ready library of ground session notes to draw from when I become a CFI.

Today, I got up and in the air and 'taught' my 'student' (by now you know that John, my CFI is masquerading as my student), Chandelles, Eights on Pylons, Steep Spirals and Slow Flight (both in clean and landing configurations).  I did fairly well, overall.  Although I did have a few instances where my tongue went in gear before my brain was started; for instance, I explained how to maintain pivotal altitude a little backwards... John got quite a chuckle out of it and I didn't realize my wording mistake until he repeated back what I had just said.  Just one of those things.  John explained to me that I just needed to slow down my speech to keep from 'tripping over my own tongue' <GRIN> .

Back to RHV I set-up the approach and made a fine landing and taxied back to Nice Air.

John, debriefed me and on the whole the lesson had gone well!  Gotta practice pacing myself on the explanations! :)

Next session (this coming Thursday), I'll be teaching a ground session on Emergencies, Night and High Altitude operations and one other item,,, can't recall at the moment,, gotta check my notes for it. :)  Then the next flight session will occur next week with a ground session devoted entirely to teaching how to  plot a cross-country trip.

Don't know if I mentioned, already, but last week my CFI mentioned to me that I should start thinking about the CFI checkride and when I might want to schedule it.  Having said that, though, we still have to go over flight in the Arrow III which I haven't flown awhile because it was down for maintenance (as you'll recall for my Commercial checkride last September I used an Arrow II that my FBO had arranged to borrow from a nearby FBO).  It shouldn't take a lot of familiarization since I have flown the Arrow III, before - still likely there will be some procedures to recall and some rust to knock-off in flying the Arrow III, again.

If you don't know or recall; I'll be flying part of my CFI checkride in the Cessna 172 and the other part of it in the Arrow III for all those items that require flight demonstrations in a 'complex' (plane with retractable landing gear and constant speed prop) aircraft.

I can hardly believe I'm almost 'there' to prep for my Flight Instructor checkride...    Wow,,,,, what a long way I've come on this journey that began with that first flight! :)

Good Flights!

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