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Accelerated Flight TrainingThere are many combinations to choose from to get your multi-engine FAA pilot certification, ranging from Private Multi-Engine ratings to Multi-Engine Instrument Instructor ratings to Airline Transport Pilot certificates.
The ultimate goal is to get hired by airlines, so the flight school you choose to get your flight training is extremely important. Students look for the flight school that will get them access to the most the most qualified instructors, competitive pricing and the shortest time frame available.

Experts Opinions About Accelerated Flight Training Programs

Below we have gathered some of the opinions of Flight Instructors throughout the country and what they think about the value of accelerated flight training:

Michael Phillips is a Master Flight Instructor and a charter member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE). He instructs at CP Aviation in Santa Paula, California. He says:

“The simple answer is ‘maybe.’ This answer is based on working with clients who have been through an accelerated program, discussions with designated pilot examiners and personal experience.

“I know pilots and instructors who have been through various types of accelerated training programs. The results have been both positive and negative. The good programs and positive outcomes resulted from a well-designed program facilitated by professional management and instructors working with clients who have a solid foundation on which to build additional skills. They were also programs that were able to adapt to the needs of the pilot training. The programs that are lacking in these key areas may offer a service that results in a certificate, but the pilot does not feel safe, competent or confident.

“If you are considering an accelerated program, it is tantamount that you understand your situation and your learning style. Thoroughly evaluate your options and ask for a list of references so that you can speak directly with pilots who have trained in the program or flight school that you are considering.”

John King is the co-owner of King Schools. He says:

“There are many people who argue that accelerated learning will not give the student the time to learn knowledge and skill thoroughly. But within the limits of fatigue, I believe the more quickly one learns something, the better they will learn, because when a student learns over a shorter period of time, the experiences are more recent and vivid.

“There is no rule of learning that says that the longer it takes you to learn something the better you will learn it and the longer you will retain it. On the other hand, there is a rule of learning that says that the better you can make associations and correlations, the more you will understand the relationships and the better you will have the big picture, with all the pieces falling into place. So I am a fan of accelerated learning, especially in scenario-based instruction in which you learn in the context of how you will use what you learn.

“How do you know that the folks you are working with haven’t lowered the standards or left something out just to get you done in a certain time frame? Well, there are two protections for you built right into the system. They are the knowledge test and the practical test. As a general rule, if you can pass both of these tests, you know your material.
“So in my mind, there are great advantages to accelerated learning, but no matter how well you learn something, for long-term retention you need to put it into practice. It is just one more reason to keep flying.”

Rod Machado- Rod wrote and coanchored ABC’s Wide World of Flying. He is AOPA’s National CFI spokesman and a National Accident Prevention Counselor appointed by the FAA in Washington D. C. Rod is the flight instructor voice on Microsoft’s Flight Simulator starting with the 2000 version through the X version and he wrote the flight lesson tutorials for the textbook that accompanies the software.

Here’s what I think. Over the years I’ve had a chance to fly with several pilots who’ve been trained in these accelerated instrument courses. They were, for the most part, all competent and qualified instrument pilots. They were at least as qualified as some of the instrument pilots trained via the traditional method. In fact, when I was doing programs for ABC’s Wide World of Flying video series, one of our producers earned his instrument rating at one of these accelerated programs. His training was filmed and became an episode for one of the videos. He passed his checkride and did quite well, by the way.

Do these programs work? Yes, they do. Perhaps the most important reason they do is that they have a reputation for providing highly experienced and competent instructors. I believe that this, above all, is the reason for their success. Nothing is more important than a good instructor. Nothing! This is the best reason to peruse this type of training.

Another reason accelerated programs work is because they rapidly reinforce the skills learned during instrument training. Consolidated training prevents the learning gaps that are common with a traditional instrument education when life intervenes or students run short on funds.

Yes, these programs are a little more expensive. That’s because the instructor comes to your hometown to provide the training. It is, however, convenient for those who are too busy to travel. Passing the written is usually a prerequisite for beginning one of these courses.

As far as I can tell there is only one drawback to this type of instrument training. My experience indicates that if they don’t fly on instruments right after training, pilots trained in the accelerated method tend to lose confidence a bit faster than those trained in the traditional, longer method. After a month or so of filing IFR flight plans, however, there’s not much difference in confidence between those trained in either method. If you’re considering accelerated instrument training, then plan on doing enough instrument flying after the fact to keep your confidence level high.

Distributed by Viestly

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