Category Archives: Aviation Training and Simulation

What Should You Charge as a CFI?

As a new, old, or “returning” (in my case) CFI, a nagging question might be:  “WTF should I charge?”  And stumped you should be, since general aviation can be an opaque place that doesn’t love you back as much as … Continue reading

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Astronaut vs. Bus Driver (Part 2)

For those of us that extract money from airplanes and aerospace related things, the evolution of the pilot archetype fascinates me. Jeff Friedrich outlines the current trend of the marginalization of skilled labor in one of the best articles on … Continue reading

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NOTAMs: “What if, instead, the Authorities had simply written what they meant?”

  Mark Zee’s statement above is sticking in my mind as I prepare for the IFR add on to my CFI.  Mainly because I see it leaking into how we learn. Archaic CFII and IFR prep questions remind me that … Continue reading

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Vicarious Spin Training and Observation

Big thank you to Elliot Seguin for showing what a long term spin can look like in slow mo – in a vertical wind tunnel (iFLY in Ontario, CA).  The PT-17 is a hallmark of WWII training and current day … Continue reading

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Evaluate vs. Teach (Flight Instruction)

Some cool stuff I learned on a recent checkride.
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BFL and why it matters

For those pilots out there this post will cause you to wonder “why is he writing that?” followed by: “I know about that.” I know you do – this isn’t for you.  It’s for everyone else.  With the high profile … Continue reading

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Staying Relevant as an Astronaut or Bus Driver

Glamor fades.  Whether it is the sun, radiation, or just the sum total of alcohol consumed by pilots, the trend is that we are on our way out.  And many of us don’t like such talk.  But this article on … Continue reading

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