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The Roles Of Flight Instructor and Pilot Student

The Roles Of Flight Instructor and Pilot StudentWhat students learn in a flight training school highly depends on quality of flight training programs and on how efficient the flight instructors are. That’s why, it is important to check on the capabilities and qualities of the instructors to ensure efficient and effective flight training.

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 Pilot 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.

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 (source).

Flight Instructors at Aviator Flight Training Academy
Pierre Lavial, Chief Pilot and Director of Education

Mr. Lavial trained as a pilot in the French Naval Academy. He oversees all flight training as the Chief Pilot for Aviator College. He handles all licensure and compliance requirements with the Federal Aviation Administration, and he oversees the development and currency of all flight training course syllabi, along with standardization and training of instructors. His guidance and impact on the school and the students is tremendous.

Nathan Zoeller, Chief Pilot for Private

Mr. Zoeller earned his CFI ratings in 2008 and began his instructional career with Sky Warrior, Inc. focusing on 141 PPL and IRA ratings. He also conducted introductory flight screening for the NAVY, Marines and Coast Guard. He came to Aviator College in March of 2011 as a check airman and since then has been approved by the FAA and appointed as a Chief Pilot. With about 3,000 flight hours Aviator College is pleased to have Mr. Zoeller serving as the Chief Pilot for Private ratings.

Haskell Pryor, CRJ Simulator and Career Planning Instructor

Mr. Pryor came to Aviator College after more than 20 years and 11,000 hours of flying. He has flown with various types of companies and departed as an airline captain. Having flown as a CRJ 700 captain, he is uniquely qualified for the position of teaching Jet Transition, crew resource management and the CRJ simulator.

Faculty & Instructors

Faculty and Flight Training Instructors are hired directly from the ranks of our graduating student population and have more than 200 hours of multi-engine flight time. The Faculty at Aviator College hold a minimum of a Bachelors Degree and teach all flight training, classroom based courses. The Academy Flight Instructors are hired directly from the ranks of Aviator graduates. The Flight Training Instructors work one-on-one with their students in the air.

Students often complete the entire program with the same Flight Training Instructor, which allows them to find a comfortable relationship and learn faster. Flight Training Instructors are available to fly with students 24 hours-a-day, rain or shine. We encourage our Flight Training Instructors to provide actual instrument flight time with their students whenever possible to gain real-world experience. Our Flight Training Instructors continue to grow in their skills while flying in the high density traffic operations of Florida’s airspace.

To speak with an instructor contact the college at 772-672-8222.

Our instructors have more than 200 hours of multi-engine time before they begin instructing. Our instructors have been hired by the regional airlines starting at 500-1000 hours total time. To-date, none of our instructors hired by the regional airlines have failed to pass indoctrination and initial training.

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