Joined: Jul 20, 2004 Posts: 3702 Location: Birmingham, UK
Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:02 pm Post subject: Calling All Instructors...
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!
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).
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.
Joined: Mar 29, 2006 Posts: 289 Location: Scotland
Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 11:11 am Post subject:
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. _________________ Generally wrapped in rubber, be it in the air or on the water.
Joined: Mar 03, 2009 Posts: 7 Location: Stratford-upon-Avon
Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:02 pm Post subject:
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.
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