First year of flight instruction

As my total flight time clocks over 1100 hours and my Unrestricted Flight Instructor rating enjoys its first anniversary, I thought it a good time to reflect on what its been like to have joined the ranks of Instructors. I’ve logged 360 hours of instruction to date. In 2016 I qualified as a CRI (Class Rating Instructor) and logged about 50 hours instruction in the two years thereafter. I championed

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My first CB-IR Student

Having taught quite a few hours of PPL instruction, it was quite a contrast to be able to instruct for the CB-IR (Competency Based Instrument Rating). I’d known my first student for some time, having given him an RNAV/G1000 training session in the Redbird simulator and later mentored him on his first cross channel flight. Andrew has a share in a Turbo Arrow based at Bournemouth, so would need to

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Flight Instructor Removal of Supervisory Restriction

Probation In Europe under EASA, newly qualified flight instructors must first operate under the supervision of more experienced instructors until they have instructed for 100 hours and signed off 25 solo flights. During this time, they can’t sign off a first solo or a first solo nav away from the circuit. Typically the supervising instructor is the Chief Flying Instructor at a flying school, but it can be any unrestricted

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Club flyout to Mona, Anglesey

Gloucester – Sleap – Mona – Welshpool – Gloucester The Bristol Aero Club monthly flyout in June flew to Mona (EGOQ) in Anglesey, North Wales. I had advertised my availability to come along in my role as instructor and two students were quite keen to fly a leg each. We made clear it wouldn’t count as part of their formal syllabus, but the hours did count towards the 45 minimum

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Another Cross Channel Checkout to Le Touquet

From groundschool to practical application After running several successful VFR Cross Channel Groundschool courses, it’s been good to take things a step further and sit beside pilots making the trip for the first time. Our club requires that unless already experienced, each member’s first cross channel flight is taken with an instructor, thereafter pilots can fly almost wherever they like. I’d hope my day long groundschool covers most of the

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Cross Channel Flight Mentoring

I’ve been keen to encourage more qualified PPL’s to make more use of their hard-earned licences and fly themselves to France, which takes between one and two hours from our base at Gloucester. I’ve done this over the summer with various pilots, both through the Bristol Aero Club (which insists on a cross-channel club checkout for less experienced members) and directly with a couple of aircraft owners in their own

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IFR mentoring around the UK

Mentoring, not instructing Although I can’t conduct IFR training (a standalone EASA Instrument Rating Instructor has a pre-requisite of 800 hours IFR time, which effectively rules out non-commercial pilots), there’s nothing to prevent me from acting as a safety pilot and informally mentoring qualified private pilots. I can accompany pilots with an IR(R) or FAA Instrument Rating who are acting legally as P1, and have done so several times. A

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TB20 instruments

Some hours instructing in the hot seat

Some readers have asked how much I’ve been using my CRI (Class Rating Instructor) rating which I gained in January. I’ve not written much about it, partly not wanting to cause any issues with students. To date, I’ve flown about 20 hours in the right hand seat – a mixture of renewal training, cross channel mentoring, TB20 differences training and some radio navigation with the GTN650. I will have time available during the

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Redbird Simulator Training at Gloucester

In recent weeks, I’ve spent some time giving training sessions in the Redbird FNPT II simulator at Gloucester. Sitting in the right hand seat is still pretty new to me. I won’t share too much detail about the pilots involved but thought I’d make a few comments about what it feels like starting out as an instructor. Redbird Simulator Clearly I’m not an instrument instructor, so this can’t count towards any formal

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VFR Cross Channel Groundschool – Bristol

Fly to France for Lunch VFR I ran a very successful full day Ground School seminar about all aspects of flying VFR cross channel on 19th March in Bristol (10am – 4pm). A subsequent repeat event ran on Sat 25 June, also at BAWA Club, near Filton in Bristol. [If you are interested in a joining a future session, contact me so I can gauge interest and specify preferences for date/day/venue]

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