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On the downwind leg you must also think about
wind drift and flying a rectangular traffic
pattern. Another way of describing this is
simply to be cognizant of situational awareness
and thinking about planning ahead. It is also
basic problem solving, gathering information,
planning action for what's next, and taking
action if necessary. Constant assessment of
where you are at in the pattern is part of " staying
ahead of the airplane. " You need an ongoing
awareness of other traffic in the pattern which is
a constantly evolving situation at busy airports.
This adds the element of ATC communications
to the pilot workload.
WE CAN DISCUSS AND CHAIR FLY " WHAT'S NEXT " AND
UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF " STAYING AHEAD OF
THE AIRPLANE " ON THE GROUND BEFORE WE FLY THE
AIRPLANE.
As you know as a flight instructor, flying the
downwind leg of the airport traffic pattern
is the time to be thinking about configuring
the airplane and controlling the airspeed for
the approach and landing. This involves an
engine power change, deployment of wing flaps,
airspeed control, and the proper ground track
despite the winds aloft at pattern level. Have
your students make these calls verbally. Staying
ahead of the airplane is a mental game. It is about
applying your knowledge of the airplane's pilot
operating handbook (POH) and incorporating it
in your mind into the flight environment before
the airplane needs your attention.
Emphasize to your students the importance of
thinking ahead of the airplane that is essential
to executing a cross-country flight. If you do not
plan your airplane's time, speed, and distance
to descend to an airport, you might find yourself
too close, too high, and too fast for the landing
pattern. This is a classic example of when those
around you will inform you, " You're behind
the airplane. " This is another example that
is magnified when you move from a Cessna
152 to a Cessna 210 or from a Piper Archer to
a Beechcraft Bonanza, or to any twin-engine
airplane. Just think about the required forward
thinking needed to fly at the speeds of a business
jet or airliner. For your students, this puts
" Staying ahead of the airplane " in a motivating
and exciting context.
Developing multifaceted situational
perceptions is an essential skill that must be
learned and mastered in the early stages of
learning to fly. Flight instructors often use
analogies of common experiences non-pilots
are familiar with. You can utilize your flight
students' experience driving an automobile
for ground based situational training. For
example, I've noticed that as a pilot I am more
attuned to the road ahead and to make speed
adjustments to avoid heavy braking. There's

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3

CFItoCFI Newsletter—Vol. 12, Issue 3
CFI Notes
Letters
From the Editor: Collisions Avoidance—Use Technology to Your Advantage
You're Behind the Airplane—What Does This Mean?
Safety Webinars: Hone Your Skills—Be Well-Informed
ASI Message: Analyzing Midairs
CFI News
CFI Tips: Terrain Tips for Flatlanders
Checkride Checklist: DPE Answers for Students and CFIs
Practical Advice: Avoid Mishaps—Keep Your Pocket Book Happy
Chart Challenge: Pick the Right Height for Your Flight
CFI's Point of View: Two vs One—Is a Two-Pilot Crew Safer than Single-Pilot Operations?
There I Was…: Miracle on Mount St.Helens
You Can Fly: AOPA Flight Training Advantage—In Flight and On the Ground
Safety Quiz: Radio Communication
CFI Tools: Where Am I? Where Am I going?
Chief's Corner: A Cool Job!
Ask ATC: Can ATC Declare an Emergency for You?
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - CFItoCFI Newsletter—Vol. 12, Issue 3
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - CFI Notes
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - Letters
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 4
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - From the Editor: Collisions Avoidance—Use Technology to Your Advantage
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 6
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - You're Behind the Airplane—What Does This Mean?
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 8
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 9
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 10
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - Safety Webinars: Hone Your Skills—Be Well-Informed
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - ASI Message: Analyzing Midairs
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 13
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - CFI News
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 15
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 16
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 17
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - CFI Tips: Terrain Tips for Flatlanders
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 19
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 20
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 21
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - Checkride Checklist: DPE Answers for Students and CFIs
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 23
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - Practical Advice: Avoid Mishaps—Keep Your Pocket Book Happy
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 25
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 26
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - Chart Challenge: Pick the Right Height for Your Flight
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 28
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - CFI's Point of View: Two vs One—Is a Two-Pilot Crew Safer than Single-Pilot Operations?
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 30
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - There I Was…: Miracle on Mount St.Helens
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 32
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - You Can Fly: AOPA Flight Training Advantage—In Flight and On the Ground
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - Safety Quiz: Radio Communication
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - CFI Tools: Where Am I? Where Am I going?
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 36
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 37
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - Chief's Corner: A Cool Job!
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 39
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - 40
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 12 Issue 3 - Ask ATC: Can ATC Declare an Emergency for You?
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