CFI Professionalism

While what defines a “professional pilot” or “professional CFI” is rather vague, there are a few examples or definitions you should know for your written exam: A professional CFI should be honest and direct. Anything less than sincere performance by the CFI is quickly detected and destroys instructor effectiveness. Students cannot be confident in an… Continue reading CFI Professionalism

Effective Communication

Effective Communication Communication has three basic elements: A source (instructor) Symbols (words or images) The receiver (student) Communication only takes place when one person transmits ideas or feelings to another person or a group. Instruction has taken place when a procedure or task has been explained, and the desired student response is achieved. The effectiveness of… Continue reading Effective Communication

CFI Responsibilities

Your responsibilities as a flight instructor are pretty vast, but here’s a “short list”: Helping Students Learn Use set standards and measure progress against standards You must know the objective of each period of instruction to give meaning and provide interest to the student. Provide Adequate Instruction Do your homework, tailor your teaching to the… Continue reading CFI Responsibilities

ADM and Risk Management

ADM Yes, FOI brings you back to the famous five hazardous attitudes.  Since you first heard about these as a student, you have to be honest and admit some of these if not all have applied to you at some point or another during your flying career.  They will also affect your students.  Your job,… Continue reading ADM and Risk Management


Motivations Welcome to lesson 2!  I Hope you are feeling motivated! Motivation is what makes a person act a certain way, and is at the heart of our goals.  Motivation is the dominant force that governs a student’s progress and ability to learn. A slump in learning is usually due to a lack of motivation… Continue reading Motivation

Human Needs

Human Needs This can basically be summed up as: “‘what things a human needs to be able to learn effectively”. Some of these are common sense (food, water, sleep), others may not be familiar to someone like yourself if you are new to the education world.  Of course, what is at the bottom of the… Continue reading Human Needs

Other Barriers

Self Concept Self-concept is what contributes most to a student’s failure to remain receptive to new experiences and which creates a tendency to reject additional training. Positive self-concept will help the instructor foster development of insights. Positive self-concept leads to a more receptive attitude towards to experiences. Confidence is good, insecure is bad. The way you… Continue reading Other Barriers

Stress, Anxiety, or Fatigue

Stress Some level of stress is good for performance Normal individuals react to stress by responding rapidly and exactly, often automatically, within the limits of their experience and training. An effective person thinks rapidly, acts rapidly, and is sensitive to their surroundings Stress reactions are often automatic, underscoring the need for proper training and the importance of… Continue reading Stress, Anxiety, or Fatigue