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 you love it. So you ask yourself, “How can I do this for a living?” The answer is you can, but it takes a few key ingredients, rumination and simple action.
What a flight instructor is paid has a huge range and your question might be, where do you belong? And how can you belong, appear, smell or act in such a way that you can ask for sustainable income?
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 much aviation is more about a right of passage than learning.
Becoming a rockstar at decoding weather outputs should make you wonder. And on a more crazy note, let’s look at the rafts of NOTAMs we’re all asked to process – before each flight. Then consider that a NOTAM’s obviousurgency could have saved Malaysia MH17.
What if the crew knew what the NOTAM meant, that would have saved their lives?