The Pilotcast

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

The CFIcast #9 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
  • Kate Bernard, CFI, from Neenah, WI who just earned her multi-engine CFI rating. Kate is an instructor with Able Flight, a program that grants scholarships for challenged person to obtain Light Sport Pilot certificates
  • 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:
  • Teaching flight instruction to challenged student pilots and students who are a challenge to teach.
  • Flying airplanes with hand controls
    • Should the CFI become familiar with operating with hand controls?
    • How hard is it to learn flying with and controls?
    • How many hours can it take for an experienced pilot or instructor to re-learn to fly with hand controls?
  • Obtaining an airmen's medical certificate for challenged private pilots
    • The S.O.D.A. - Statement Of Demonstrated Ability
    • The CFI's responsibily in regards to the medical requirements
    • The medical with "Limited to student pilot privileges only"
    • What the Aviation Medical Examiner has to decide before issuing a certificate
    • Scheduling the S.O.D.A. check with an examiner from the local FSDO (Flight District Standards Office) before the pilot checkride
  • Some examples of medical issues discussed and how they can dealt with
    • Paraplegic and quadroplegic students
    • Visually impaired
    • Dyslexia
    • ADD
    • Other learning disabilities
  • Sending the student on the Sport Pilot checkride
  • What kind of help can the challenged student get?
  • Will the FAA want the student demonstrate any special tasks (like escaping the airpla ne) or have specific requiremets?
  • How should the CFI evaluate a challenged student?
  • A challenged student is much more motivated.
  • Should the CFI can try to simulate the disability?
  • An active WW II pilot ace who had lost both legs

  • Has a CFI ever had a student who the CFI thought should give it up?
    • Other issues with flight students
    • A student not fluent in English
    • A student with poor judgement
    • A student who had a way higher opinion of his abilities than his instructors did
    • Students who can't meet performance standards and always have excuses.
  • How the CFI could avoid such students
  • How can the CFI deal with such students

Recorded Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 00:59:54 - 27.5MB

The CFIs and the Pilotcast pilots send sincere thanks to Pilot Will of the Pilot's Flight Podlog for the production of CFIcast #009.

Theme Song: "Learn to Fly" by Josh Woodward Music on the CFIcast is from the Podshow Podsafe Music Network. Check it out at

Copyright © 2007, 2008 The Pilotcast
Direct download: CFIcast009_Challenged_2007.08.23.mp3
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Pilotcast Video report #4 from EAA Airventure 2007 in Oshkosh, WI, USA in July of 2007.


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Join the Hangar Flying with Pilot Dan, Pilot Kent, and Pilot Mike

  • The Pilotcast pilots catch you up on what they've been doing.
  • Pilot Dan is planning to do his BFR on a Yak
  • Pilot Kent is thinking Swift
  • Cessna is building the new Skycatcher light sport in China!
  • While Airbus is going to build in the U.S
  • The Light Sport market?
  • Burt Rutan and Sir Richard Branson unveil White Knight 2 and SpaceShip 2
  • The FAA has AD deals
  • Winter flying
    • Make sure you're prepared to survive in the cold.
      • Make sure you pack some survival gear
      • Cellphone
      • Extra blankets
      • First Aid Kit
      • Credit Card
      • Personal Locator Beacon
    • Handling the winter doldrums
    • What to do during the winter when you can't fly
    • Getting started in learning to fly.

Recorded Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 01:09:50 - 32.2MB

The Pilotcast pilots send sincere thanks to Pilot Will of the Pilot's Flight Podlog for production of Pilotcast #61.

Pilotcast show notes are at

Copyright © 2008 The Pilotcast
Direct download: Pilotcast_061_2008.01.24.mp3
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