CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - 12

ASI MESSAGE
How you approach a fellow pilot can result in making a positive influence or making
an enemy. In the U.S. Air Force fighter community, we used a blunt-force, direct
frontal assault method. We could. Flying was our job. We were forced together day
in and day out in a military setting. There was no option to " disengage. " This style is
inappropriate for most GA operations, especially in situations where we fly part-time
and for recreation. We can separate from people or situations we find unpleasant. As
humans, we typically respond to confrontation in a fight-or-flight manner. Handled
poorly, we can expect a fellow pilot to respond with hostility, or to politely shut down
and walk away.
Having difficult conversations is an art. Know that your perspective isn't the only
or " right " perspective. Approach the situation with an expectation that you may
very well be the one who is enlightened by the exchange. Start with a question and
continue a series of questions, seeking to understand thoroughly. Author Stephen R.
Covey said, " Seek first to understand, then to be understood. " These conversations
are typically better held one on one. By engaging in a series of questions to
understand the situation and the pilot's thinking, you help them think out loud, and
they end up admonishing themselves. Being criticized is unpleasant, yet people yearn
to improve and get better. It's more effective when people reason themselves to a
correction, rather than have one thrust upon them.
Andrew and I have always regretted that we missed an opportunity to help a pilot
look at a situation differently, and perhaps enhance safety.

A few years ago, the AOPA Air Safety Institute was asked to hold a safety session for a
community that experienced an inordinate number of mishaps and then a tragic accident.
The disappointing finding during our visit was that several in the community witnessed
the accident pilot perform misguided, unsafe actions in the past-yet no one ever
confronted him. The community now deeply regrets their inaction.
I'm not advocating that we become a collection of critical and confrontational pilots,
constantly on the prowl for someone to correct, like a Dwight Schrute (from the
TV series The Office) of the airport-paranoid, narrow-minded, poised to critique
and correct. I'm talking about addressing the dangerous or inappropriate behavior
we occasionally see. The manner in which we say something to fellow pilots about
their flying and how to do it can be an art-an art worth developing. We own the GA
culture. The actions of each pilot reflect on all of us. Go fly.

Richard G. McSpadden, Jr.
Senior Vice President, AOPA Air Safety Institute
Richard McSpadden is a commercial pilot and CFI with more than 4,500 hours in
30 years of flying a variety of civilian and military aircraft. He is a former F-15 pilot
and Thunderbirds leader for the U.S. Air Force, and he has extensive experience
in aviation safety, including ground, flight, and special event operations.
Email: richard.mcspadden@aopa.org

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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1

CFItoCFI Newsletter—Vol. 12, Issue 1
CFI Notes
From the Editor: What's Your One-Stop Safety Source? Safety Spotlights, Of Course
What Good Flight Training Looks Like—Effective Teaching Delivers Students More Learning, Fun, and Consistency
Safety Webinars: Hone Your Skills—Be Well-Informed
Safety Webinars: Proficiency 101—Create Your Personalized Plan for Safe Flight
ASI Message: See Something? Say Something?
CFI News
CFI Tips: Getting Back in the Game
Checkride Checklist: DPE Answers for Students and CFIs
There I Was...: Power Loss After Takeoff
Chart Challenge: Where the Wildlife Lives
CFI's Point of View: CFIs, Students, and Safety—Mitigating Risks
Accident Case Study: Trapped in Ice
You Can Fly: AFTA to Enhance Your Flight Instructing Experience—A Dynamic Training Tool
Safety Quiz: In-Flight Icing
CFI Tools: Ease Your Students' Mic Fright—Have Them Say It Right!
Chief's Corner: A Knock on the Head—Almost Didn't See It Coming
Runway Safety: Allentown, PA—No Room for a Mistake
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - CFItoCFI Newsletter—Vol. 12, Issue 1
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - CFI Notes
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - From the Editor: What's Your One-Stop Safety Source? Safety Spotlights, Of Course
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - 4
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - What Good Flight Training Looks Like—Effective Teaching Delivers Students More Learning, Fun, and Consistency
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - 6
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - 7
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - 8
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - Safety Webinars: Hone Your Skills—Be Well-Informed
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - Safety Webinars: Proficiency 101—Create Your Personalized Plan for Safe Flight
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - ASI Message: See Something? Say Something?
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - 12
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - CFI News
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - 14
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - 15
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - 16
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - CFI Tips: Getting Back in the Game
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - 18
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - 19
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - 20
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - Checkride Checklist: DPE Answers for Students and CFIs
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - 22
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - There I Was...: Power Loss After Takeoff
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - 24
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - 25
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - Chart Challenge: Where the Wildlife Lives
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - CFI's Point of View: CFIs, Students, and Safety—Mitigating Risks
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - 28
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - 29
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - Accident Case Study: Trapped in Ice
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - 31
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - You Can Fly: AFTA to Enhance Your Flight Instructing Experience—A Dynamic Training Tool
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - Safety Quiz: In-Flight Icing
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - CFI Tools: Ease Your Students' Mic Fright—Have Them Say It Right!
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - 35
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - Chief's Corner: A Knock on the Head—Almost Didn't See It Coming
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - 37
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - 38
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 1 - Runway Safety: Allentown, PA—No Room for a Mistake
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