It’s unfair to expect all the great characteristics possessed by all the instructors. Every instructor is unique and has got own style and personality. I have been blessed with three great instructors in my training periods. This list created from intake of three of the amazing instructors I came across and some terrible once I seen around. So when you flying next time keep an open mind to see which of the characteristics your instructors have.
1.Passion – Some of the instructors are only teaching students just to build hours. So they don’t have any passion for flying. But there are many great instructors which are dedicated towards their jobs and very passionate, which will rub off to students too. Great pilots made by great instructors
2.Patient – Instructors should be always patient while teaching. They need to remember that flying experience is new to many students and by shouting and screaming in the plane they can’t achieve anything and students will lose focus throughout the whole flight.
3.Pre-flight – Normally in my experience most of the Instructor never come while you conduct preflight. They will ask the student to do the preflight and turn up just the right time to turn the engine to start the plane. If they are not there then student can’t ask any question they might have and instructor cant observe and correct if the student make any mistake, also students been charge for this time as ground time so instructor should respect that and be there when they get paid. Preflight is a good time to go over last lesson and find out is the student fully understand everything from that day.
4.Post flight – I noticed many instructors just get the signature from student and go as soon as the flight landed. Again they will put some ground time here as well sometime. Post flight briefing is so important for student’s improvement. This is the period where every Instructor should go through every mistake the student made and should also praise the student for good flight to enhance the confidence level and brief the plan about the next flight so that student can prepare for it.
5.Respect the money – Instructors should respect the fact that students are spending so much money for their training just like the instructor did few years back. So the time is money in aviation and Instructor always try to look for saving some money for student by advising to do home studies before each flight, simulator training or chair flying.
6.Time keeping – One of the most important parts in aviation is punctuality. You won’t last in aviation industry too long if don’t have that attribute. Instructor should be good example to the student to show the way to be professionals. Flight training is not just to learn how to fly. It’s also to learn what it takes to be an airline pilot so when you get your turn to show it to the interviewer, you will be super confident.
7.Record keeping – Instructor should always know the lesson plan of the student and the progress of the student. Many of them still turn up to the plane and ask student “what we are doing today?”. Preparation is very important. This way the student will also appreciate that instructor took the time to make plan for the flight.
8.Be a mentor – Flight training is always conducted on a one on one basis. So the student solely depends on this one instructor for the knowledge and skill for the future success. So Instructor should always try to help the student and be a great mentor to guide in every single way to make his dream come true. It’s always good to be a good friend with the student to help him out to settle in the new city if the student recently moved from another country or city.
9.Learning – Instructors never should stop learning. After they get their instructor rating most of them relax and start to think that they can just teach people what they know and wait for the hours to pile up. It’s a wrong way to think. You have a power tool of creating more pilots. So you should always improve your knowledge and share that with students to improve their knowledge too.
10.Never cut corner – Many instructors teach the student about the questions that will be asked in the oral exam or maneuvers will be tested in practical exam. This is a regular practice in many schools by knowing some of the examiner regular routine. Never learn limited amount of questions because students might pass and get the license now but will fail in the interview when they get to airline.