First Flight

I’ve started this blog to share stories of my Right Seat Flying as a new CFI. I hope it is useful to a wide range of pilots as I now learn from my students as I attempt to teach them about aviation and becoming a pilot themselves.

So let’s give it a shot of primer, Beacon on, clear PROP, Master ON, START!

I have a confession to make

Learning to fly is hard work. I know this now as a new CFI. It’s often said that if you want to learn something then try and teach it. Over a 4 week period I earned my CFI rating and it was hard work. The trick was taking what I knew how to do and try and teach it. Whether it was a ground lesson or in the air, trying to explain all the elements that encapsulate a maneuver was tough to grasp and explain concisely.

However I loved the challenge and took all the criticism my CFI offered as it was positive and made me better. It was humbling at times to realize how little I knew technically about a maneuver and needing to be corrected. But I took the criticism in stride and incorporated it into my teaching style.

My desire is to be a great CFI and not just a time builder. I have no intention of going to the airlines, so I’m not  a time building CFI. I’m doing this because I love to fly and I want to share the passion I have for aviation with others. I hope this is evident in the way I teach, but my students will be the judge of that.

First Student

I’m fortunate in that I have one student that has started on his journey to be a pilot as we had his first lesson on July 23, 2011. He is also coming with me to Oshkosh for the annual EAA Convention. His enthusiasm is contagious and is pushing me to be the best instructor I can be. I have an obligation to him and any that follow to rise to the challenge and provide great instruction.

Peter on the ground with the mighty Cessna 152.

I know I’m not going to the airlines and that’s ok, I gave up that dream a long time ago. I have a great day job that helps to pay the bills. I’m doing this for the sheer fun of it. At this point I have taught a grand total of 2.2 hours encompassing the first lesson of a new student and a demo flight for a potential 2nd student.

Here’s a pic I took of Peter in the air during his FIRST lesson. He said something profound but simple that will stick with me for a LONG time. He said, “I can’t believe I waited so LONG to learn to fly!”

Peter's first flight

Peter as a happy student

It has been his desire to learn for many years and his circumstances are such that now he has the right combination of time and money to peruse his dreams. He did a great job at his first lesson and I look forward to many more lessons to share what I know to make him a safe and competent pilot.

Lessons learned

I hope to share a few things that I continue to learn as a new CFI with all of you and we all can continue to learn together and make flying fun. I have to be honest and say I’m not sure what direction this blog will take so at the moment I’m just excited to  share our experiences and hope it proves insightful or educational. I never know what little tidbit that may be insignificant to us may be helpful to others.

So please provide any feedback or suggestions you may have.

Thanks for stopping by,

Ron Klutts CFI

One thought on “First Flight

  1. After 16 years and 1,400 TT, I’ve decided to ‘give back’.
    Have – as of Jan. 2012 – started hitting the books and also every rental (Arrow, 152) flight I NOW ‘do’ from the right seat. I am attempting to ‘duplicate’ the ‘tight tolerances’ (that I know I can ‘perform’ in the left-seat) — when I fly ‘right seat’. The sight picture is pretty darn different from the right seat and I frequently chastise myself for being so ‘sloppy’. Being a right-hander – I now have to TELL my LEFT hand to finess the throttle, put in flaps, trim, etc. Arrrrrgh. I just have to remember that “It’ll come”. Anticipate — since I’m doing this via ‘self study’ — taking the CFI practical sometime in Aug./Sept. of this year (2012).

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