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Feb 25, 2008

CFIcast #014 - CFIs on Ice! - Certified Flight Instructor Aviation Podcast - 2008.02.21

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

The CFIcast #14 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
  • Special guest CFI Scott Dennstaedt, CFI, a former a NWS Meteorologist, creator of the "Ice is Not Ice" seminar on CD. Scott is an IFR magazine contributing editor, writer for Plane and Pilot, Pilot Journal and Twin and Turbine. FAA-certificated instrument flight instructor with about 3,500+ hours, currently teaching in technically advanced aircraft. Scott helped the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association develop a pilot proficiency program and helped the Columbia owner's association develop a recurrent training program. Scott also does one-on-one aviation weather training with pilots via WebEx.
  • Kate Bernard, CFI, from Neenah, WI who just earned her multi-engine CFI rating.
  • Greg Bockelman, CFI. A 777 pilot for a major airline and owner of a Cessna 195.
  • Dr. Bruce Chien, M.D., CFI, Senior Aviation Medical Examiner from Central Illinois, host of 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:
  • Scott Dennstaedt on The Skew-T diagram to predict icing conditions
  • Do CFIs teach flight in actual ice?
  • Tools to evaluate icing conditions
  • Should CFIs give student an exposure to actual ice?
  • Should the CFI share a healthy respect and avoid ice with students?
  • If the CFI demonstrates an ice encounter is the student likely to think an ice encounter is tolerable on try it on their own?
  • If the student gets a scare from ice on a dual session
  • Teaching a known ice capable aircraft.
  • Appreciating students who do proper preparation.
  • Teaching how to evaluate where the ice would be.
  • What the CFI's ethical obligation to give students an exposure to ice?
  • How do pilots evaluate their own competence?
  • Teaching instrument students that they can't always expect to be able to fly.
  • Can you teach the discipline and judgment required.
  • Teaching the student what to do if they have an ice encounter.
  • Can the CFI just brief the student on what to do in an ice encounter without giving an actual experience?<
  • Will the simulator work to simulate ice?
  • The aircraft's performance in ice is hard to predict. They aren't required to tested in ice.
Recorded Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 01:07:00 - 30.7MB

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