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BY ROD MACHADO

miles behind the airplane. It seems that I may have to go excruciatingly slowly in the teaching and obtaining results. He has about 15 hours now. About six of that has been with me. I try very hard to be conscientious about keeping the teaching and lessons progressing in order to keep the expense in check. He asked me today what I thought. I danced around an answer until I could stop and think about it—also to give me time to seek some counsel. I don’t imagine there is an easy answer to this, but I wanted to seek your assistance. —Wayne Greetings Wayne: I’ve taught many older students over the years, and it’s true that learning performance does decrease to varying degrees as we age. It’s important to tell your student that you’re happy to train him,

but that he shouldn’t expect to learn as quickly as a younger person. This allows him to properly calibrate his expectations as well as reducing the pressure on you to advance him at the same rate you might advance a younger person. Your strategy with older students should be to make the behavioral objectives of every lesson clear to him before each flight. This allows him to better understand if he’s hitting the mark behaviorally or widely missing it. One of the valuable training strategies I’ve used with older students is something known as covert rehearsal. This is where the student mentally rehearses the behavioral sequences needed to accomplish specific maneuvers. For instance, I had one student who benefited greatly when I wrote down the specific steps for entering and exiting slow flight. He mentally rehearsed these and other

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behavioral patterns prior to each lesson, which made each lesson far more efficient. Fortunately, older students tend to be more disciplined, thus more likely to mentally practice before each lesson. Finally, make the offer that at any time your student wants a third-party assessment on his flying skills, he’s welcome to do so as long as the third party is someone you agree to (at least if he wants to continue flying with you).
Rod Machado is a flight instructor, author, educator, and speaker. He has been a pilot since 1970 and a CFI since 1973. com). Visit his blog (www.rodmachado.

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Flight Training - November 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Flight Training - November 2012

Flight Training - November 2012
Contents
President’s Perspective
Right seat
Letters
Southern Exposure
How It Works
ASI News
Success Story
News
Since You Asked
News Final Exam
Tech Tip
AOPA Action
Checkride
Flying Carpet
Icy Reception
Beyond All Expectations
Technique
Weather
Flight Lesson
Voices of Reason
Tech Talk
Keep Students Stoked
He Said 'Yes' But Means 'No'
Night Moves
Advertiser Index
Debrief
Flight Training - November 2012 - Flight Training - November 2012
Flight Training - November 2012 - Cover2
Flight Training - November 2012 - Contents
Flight Training - November 2012 - 2
Flight Training - November 2012 - 3
Flight Training - November 2012 - President’s Perspective
Flight Training - November 2012 - 5
Flight Training - November 2012 - Right seat
Flight Training - November 2012 - 7
Flight Training - November 2012 - Letters
Flight Training - November 2012 - 9
Flight Training - November 2012 - Southern Exposure
Flight Training - November 2012 - 11
Flight Training - November 2012 - How It Works
Flight Training - November 2012 - ASI News
Flight Training - November 2012 - Success Story
Flight Training - November 2012 - News
Flight Training - November 2012 - Since You Asked
Flight Training - November 2012 - 17
Flight Training - November 2012 - News Final Exam
Flight Training - November 2012 - Tech Tip
Flight Training - November 2012 - AOPA Action
Flight Training - November 2012 - Checkride
Flight Training - November 2012 - 22
Flight Training - November 2012 - 23
Flight Training - November 2012 - Flying Carpet
Flight Training - November 2012 - 25
Flight Training - November 2012 - Icy Reception
Flight Training - November 2012 - 27
Flight Training - November 2012 - 28
Flight Training - November 2012 - 29
Flight Training - November 2012 - 30
Flight Training - November 2012 - 31
Flight Training - November 2012 - Beyond All Expectations
Flight Training - November 2012 - 33
Flight Training - November 2012 - 34
Flight Training - November 2012 - 35
Flight Training - November 2012 - Technique
Flight Training - November 2012 - 37
Flight Training - November 2012 - Weather
Flight Training - November 2012 - 39
Flight Training - November 2012 - 40
Flight Training - November 2012 - Flight Lesson
Flight Training - November 2012 - 42
Flight Training - November 2012 - 43
Flight Training - November 2012 - 44
Flight Training - November 2012 - Voices of Reason
Flight Training - November 2012 - 46
Flight Training - November 2012 - 47
Flight Training - November 2012 - Tech Talk
Flight Training - November 2012 - Keep Students Stoked
Flight Training - November 2012 - He Said 'Yes' But Means 'No'
Flight Training - November 2012 - Night Moves
Flight Training - November 2012 - Advertiser Index
Flight Training - November 2012 - 53
Flight Training - November 2012 - 54
Flight Training - November 2012 - 55
Flight Training - November 2012 - Debrief
Flight Training - November 2012 - Cover3
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