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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:02 pm    Post subject: Calling All Instructors... Reply with quote

Hello fellow instructors! Just thought it would be interesting to start a thread to round up all the instructors, find out which patch of sky you frequent for training, what you fly and what you enjoy about your job! I'll start...


Based at Coventry training in R22s, R44s and Bell 206.

Don't think I have a favourite type for training... love flying em all really. Never a dull moment - every day is different whether it's a trial lesson or throwing the helicopter at the ground doing autos.

I enjoy a challenge and seem to discover new ways to explain things to students every day - anything to make the penny drop! It's great to see students make progress and I feel very proud of them when they achieve their first solo (my collection of grey hairs is increasing mind you) and pass their skills tests.

Not sure what the future holds for me but I'm loving training even more than I though I would when I very first embarked on this wonderful journey to change my career. I'm not doing it to build hours, I really see instructing as a fulfilling career and I plan to stick at it and hopefully keep passing on the skills and knowledge I have learnt over the years.

You never stop learning - every day is a learning curve for me and I think that is partly what makes the job so enjoyable.


I'll stop rambling now and give someone else a go!

Cheers,

Sarah
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FI and Line Trainer in Scotland on R22, R44 and EC120 for nearly 5 years.

Left 7 months ago to move on to other things and to solve back problems asociated with R22.

Loved teaching, had great fun and met some really good people over the years.

Loved the first two trial lessons of a Saturday, hated every one after that.

Loved the first trial lesson of a Sunday, hated every one after that.

Specialised in torque turns, wing-overs and hay bail pushing, am sure some people on here will agree.

Most enjoyable experience was teaching full-time CPL courses and students who actually listened to what you said.

Always enjoyed seeing people having fun whilst learning and flying!

Freelance was best as you were your own boss and could say no to covering all you bosses flying as well as your own.

Next plan in the instruction world is TRI on the S92.

I do miss it all!

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TRI, TRE, IRI, IRE, 170A(IR), Line Trainer

Spend much of my instructional time not being able to see outside. That's when I'm having to work particularly hard. Spend the rest of the time flying a multi-engine aircraft on one engine. Helipad profiles are the most fun.

Plan is to stay alive and draw my pension (such as it is).
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, Pansops8168's students give him hell, this is from experience.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How true, HH!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Based in Cornwall

Will fly anywhere, rated on 8 types, teach on 5. Started on R22s, now a TRI on A109s, examiner on everything I fly but the AS355 (which I rarely fly). Its funny how we aspire to twins and then after spending a while on two engines end up flying them around on one !

Hold an authorisation for teaching the CPL course, and should become an IRI later this year.

I've got a particular interest in Priinciples of flight, and have a hatred of Pilot Perpetuated B*llsh1t which is why I get so passionate over some things.

I got out of PPL teaching full time a couple of years ago as I got to the point where I wasn't really delivering what I felt the students needed, went off to learn about real world flying doing charter and ended up flying a corporate 109 out of Cornwall for 3 years. No longer having to do 5 sorties of exercise 11 in one day recindled my interest a couple of years ago and now I try and instruct whenever I can.

One of the few holders of a Display Authorisation for helicopters in the UK, with a whole 1 public display to my credit (looks pathetic when you compare it to Dennis Kenyons 1300 odd).

I was the odd ball who really enjoyed a day full of Trial lessons (with someone else doing the briefing) when no one else wanted to do them.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Based in Scotland, will free-lance (whore) myself out to anywhere.

Started flying nearly ten years ago now, but could not find enough work at that time as a CPL, so ended up in another career which paid far too much money to get out of.

Came back to flying full-time again a couple of years ago to get my FI and have really enjoyed instructing. Much along the same lines as Veeany, hate the standard pilot theory, and even tho I don't necessarily have the answers, I enjoy hours of discussion on alternative theories before we get the possible correct answer. Please never take my posts as me knowing something, I will ALWAYS play devils-advocate just to see where we get.

Would like to end in the North Sea, as its on my door-step, but would always like to stay involved in teaching on the side.

p.s I'm also the weirdo that loves a day full of trial lessons.......theres one at every field.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heliwhore wrote:
p.s I'm also the weirdo that loves a day full of trial lessons.......theres one at every field.


Couldn't agree more.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very recently subscribed to Helitorqe so I hope I am pressing the right keys in the right order to get this message online.

Retired from Bristow Helicopters some years ago. Now a freelance FIE so hope to meet a few of you instructors on your home territory over the coming months in my travels around as your FI or FE comes up for revalidation. I am located in Stratford-upon-Avon and work mainly out of the Helicentre at Coventry, but also with Rise at Gloucester.

Always pleased to help instructors with answers to their questions on instructional topics. Look forward to hearing from you.

Mike
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mike, I believe I did my CPL with you at LHC, ohhhh around 7-8 years ago. Nice to hear from you again.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And I finished my PPL(H) with you about 10 years ago - how's life in the Midlands?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, everyone

After two years hard work I'm now qualified as an FI(H). Like Sarah, I'm not an hours builder, I'm specialising. I'm too old for shift work on the North Sea anyway!

I now have my first student (who bravely decided he'd like to learn with me after reading my book) at Aeromega in Cambridge.

I'm offering my services to schools anywhere within driving distance of Cambridge. Trial lessons, PPL(H) courses, refresher training.

Here's my CV: http://www.timgilbert.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/TimGilbertHeliCV2013.pdf

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi

The timgilbert domain seems to be parked at present and rediredting to an avertisment site.

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Hi Mark

Thanks for that. I think Dreamhost were messing about with the hosting over the last 24hrs, as it was down occasionally for me too.

Working now, though?

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