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Jan 7, 2008

CFIcast #5 - First flights. Signing off solos. Keeping interest in flight training over winter.

Enjoy listening and learning as you eavesdrop on the Hangar Flying conversation with Certified Flight Instructors!

The CFIcast #5 CFI panel:

  • Your host: Rick Durden, CFI, Aviation lawyer and author of "The Pilot's Lounge" column on and articles for AOPA Pilot and Aviation Safety, from Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Dr. Bruce Chien, M.D., CFI, Senior Aviation Medical Examiner from Central Illinois, host of the The AMECast
  • Tony Condon, CFI, student and glider pilot & instructor from Ames, Iowa
  • Ron Levy, CFI, a Professional Instrument Courses - P.I.C 10 day course instructor from Maryland


Topics discussed by CFIcast Certified Flight Instructor panel:
  • What should be the first lesson for a new student.
  • Evaluating a new student<./li>
  • What is a good first flight for a new student?
  • What if the student's first visit to the FBO is a bad experience?
  • What percentage of discovery flight students come back for lessons?
  • When the student expects to solo
  • Those who think they should solo in x number of hours
  • When do you release a student for solo?
  • What solo sign-offs make the CFI nervous?
  • How to sign off and track a student on a solo cross country
  • Evaluating a new-to-you student who is well along in training
  • How do you keep students interested in flight training during the winter?
  • Sharing the experiences during the winter
Recorded Thursday, March 8, 2007 - 00:59:57 - 27.5MB

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