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Step 3: Flight Instructor and Student Pilot Relationship

The flight instructor and student pilot relationship is very important. The teaching relationship deleveloped between you and your flight instructor will determine the type of learning enviorment you will encounter.

Step 3 will help you understand the flight instructor and student relationship.
Types of Flight Instructors
The Role of a Flight Instructor and Student

Types of Flight Instructors
Flight Instructors teach students how to fly by demonstrating and explaining, on the ground and in the air, basic principles of flight, aerial navigation, communications procedures, weather factors, and Federal Aviation Regulations all pilots must adhere too. They also prepare their students for various exams to help them earn their pilot certificate(s) and rating(s).

There are three types of flight instructors:
1. Certified Flight Instructors (CFI)– teach students seeking a Recreational, Private, or Commercial Pilot Certificate.
2. Certified Flight Instrument Instructors (CFII) – teach students seeking an Instrument Rating.
3. Multi-Engine Instructors (MEI)– teach students seeking a Multi-Engine Rating.

The Role of a flight instructor and student

Role of a flight instructor
The role of a flight instructor is to teach you the aeronautical knowledge and piloting skills required to help you obtain your [private, commercial, instrument, multi-engine, and/or flight instructor certificate/ratings] pilot certificate or rating. In this role, the flight instructor assumes total responsibility for training to the standards outlined in the Practical Test Standards (PTS) for the pilot certificate or rating that you are pursuing..

The relationship between you and the instructor is critical for safety and your flight training experiences. The quality of instruction, and the knowledge and flying skills acquired from your flight instructors will affect your entire flying career, whether you plan to fly for pleasure, business, or as a career. The key to quality training is developing a good learning relationship with your instructor. Your flight instructor should be interested in you succeeding, passing your tests, and earning your pilot certificate or rating.

Learning to fly should be an exciting and enjoyable experience. All flight instructors have different teaching methods and techniques, and not all personalities are the same. Flight instructors are typically characterized as either a good or bad instructor by students and their colleagues. There are many ways to describe a good and bad instructor, but remember that you can always learn something from your experiences, whether good or bad.

Below are general characterizations of good and bad flight instructors:
Good Instructors
Good instructors are typically characterized as knowledgeable, calm, and comfortable to fly with in the airplane. He or she should also be patient, organized, professional, and follow a training syllabus. A training syllabus consists of lesson plans presented in a logical manner to achieve desired goals. If your instructor does not have a syllabus, you should find another instructor. Your instructor should also answer your questions in a timely manner and give honest, objective assessments of your progress.

Bad Instructors
Bad instructors are typically characterized as having bad attitudes, impatient, “yellers,” and uncomfortable to fly with in the airplane. Some instructors have also been characterized as dangerous to fly with in the airplane. Many students that encountered bad experiences with bad instructors have or almost given up on learning how to fly, and this is why it is important that you find a good instructor that you feel comfortable with in the airplane and training environment. If you ever feel uncomfortable with your instructor due to various reasons, change instructors immediately. Sometimes the personalities between instructors and students clash, which creates a tense learning environment. In any case, if you are uncomfortable, tense or belittled during any lesson, you will not learn anything, which converts into wasted money and time.

Please Note: Don’t confuse a good instructor that takes flying serious, makes you work hard, and who wants you to succeed by being particular about certain subjects, skills and/or standards as being a bad instructor. You must understand that becoming a pilot takes on a huge responsibility, and your role as a student is very important.

Role of a Student
Your responsibilities as a student consist of studying, being prepared, asking questions, and giving 110% towards each lesson. You should always be prepared for each lesson. Your flight instructor should provide you with a training syllabus outlining the lesson plans for that particular pilot certificate or rating. Always review your lesson plans before each lesson, so you will know what to expect during your ground and flight lessons, and how to perform any new maneuvers. After reviewing each lesson plan and studying any supplemental materials, you should make a list of questions that you might have regarding the subject or maneuvers, and bring them with you to your next lesson to discuss them with your flight instructor.

Before, during and after each lesson, if you have any questions – ask your flight instructor to clarify any misunderstanding you may have. If you don’t ask questions and continue to make the same mistakes, you’re wasting a lot of money and time. Your flight instructor expects you to ask questions so ask them.

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