CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - 7

IT's HumBlINg WHEN THE EmpHAsIs sHIFTs FrOm prOVINg HOW WEll
you CAN Fly TO HOW WEll yOu CAN TEACH Someone elSe TO Fly.

by now I could comfortably fly from the
right seat and guide a student through
a maneuver, I still had to learn how to
organize a lesson and teach it in front of
a class. I remember the nervousness and
confusion I felt the first few times I stood
in front of a whiteboard and tried to teach
something as outwardly unpretentious as
the four forces of flight. Stumbling from
word to word, concept to concept, I often
wondered how I could possibly know how
most of this stuff worked, yet not know how
to explain it.

endorsement to take the checkride and put
my newfound skills to the test. Despite how
much work I had put into my training, I can
still recall the unsettling anxiety leading
up to the big day. Listening to the rumors
about the supposed 80 percent nationwide
first-time failure rate for CFIs can be
demoralizing. I studied harder and longer for
my CFI certificate than I had for any other
rating, yet my anxiety was to the nth degree.
The irony was, at times, too much to bear.

After three long months, I finally found my
groove and developed a personal teaching
style, thanks in great part to Bob's patience
and expertise. At last, I received my final

how far I'd come. From my very first rightseat takeoff, to instructing a student through
a maneuver as precise and challenging as
a lazy 8, I felt confident I was already an

At dawn's break the morning of my test, I
took a deep breath and reminded myself

instructor and all I needed to do was prove it. Sure
enough, I passed the checkride and stirringly drove
home with my temporary certificate in hand.
Why did I put myself through this? Becoming a flight
instructor was a humbling lesson in self-discovery. The
room for growth was astronomical and the desire to fill
that void was irresistible. There were many unexpected
challenges along the way, but I did the best I could to
overcome them and never looked back. I suppose this
experience reveals the paradox of flight instruction:
although your role as a CFI is to provide instruction,
you learn far more than you'll ever teach. And that's
pretty amazing.
Mike Pochettino is project manager for the Air Safety
Institute, an instrument-rated commercial pilot, and a
brand new CFI.



CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4

CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Vol. 4, Issue 4
The Journey of Becoming a CFI
Safety Seminar: Accident Case Study: Live
CFI Commentary: Something to Fear
CFI Tips: Takeoffs & Landings
ASI Message: Into the Ice
Accident Case Study: Delayed Reaction
Safety Quiz: Ice Flight
Safety Spotlight: Words to the Wise
ASI Online: Weather Wise - VFR into IMC
CFI Tools: Flying the Weather
Chief's Corner: What's the Weather Really Like?
Pilot Safety Announcement: It's a Drag
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - The Journey of Becoming a CFI
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - 5
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - Safety Seminar: Accident Case Study: Live
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - CFI Commentary: Something to Fear
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - 13
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - CFI Tips: Takeoffs & Landings
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - ASI Message: Into the Ice
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - Accident Case Study: Delayed Reaction
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - Safety Quiz: Ice Flight
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - Safety Spotlight: Words to the Wise
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - 23
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - 24
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - ASI Online: Weather Wise - VFR into IMC
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - CFI Tools: Flying the Weather
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 4 - Chief's Corner: What's the Weather Really Like?
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