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JUGGLING THE AIRPLANE
How experiences outside aviation help, and hinder, flight students
» By Jason Catanzariti

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I HAVE A dirty little secret: I used to be a professional juggler. There, I said it. I made my living
tossing balls and flaming torches up and down
before I started making airplanes go up and
down. People often say, “Well, learning to fly
must have been easy after that!” Although I’m
skeptical of a direct connection, it is interesting
to consider whether juggling had any impact on
my flight training. How can experiences outside
aviation help, or hinder, flight students?
The technical term for this idea is “transfer
of learning,” and it occurs when a person’s past
experience affects new learning. For example,
Little Leaguers practice hitting from stationary
batting tees. If that exercise proves helpful when
they face pitched balls later on, it is considered
positive transfer. Transfer is the bedrock of all
learning because people interpret new things in
terms of what they have experienced before.

“Near transfer” happens when the skills
involved are very similar or share critical elements, such as rehearsing an approach and
landing at altitude before trying it in the airport
pattern. When the skills or contexts differ
significantly the effect is called “far transfer,”
and is considered much less likely. Michael
Jordan famously attempted to play professional
baseball, but it would appear his prodigious
basketball skills did not transfer. For this reason,
I will not recommend that all flight students
take juggling lessons. The skills involved in flying an airplane are so specific that most people
wouldn’t benefit at all from juggling. But at the
individual level, who knows? There’s no telling
what students may find in their backgrounds
that connects with new learning. CFIs can tap
into their students’ often considerable life experience to find prior knowledge that is useful.

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Flight Training - March 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Flight Training - March 2013

Flight Training - March 2013
Contents
President’s Perspective
Right Seat
Letters
Not What It Appears
After the Checkride
How It Works
ASI News Action
Training Products
Since You Asked
Member Products Final Exam
Checkride
Flight Lesson
Flying Carpet
The "S" Word
Women With Wings
Problem Solver
Technique
Weather
Aviation's Glass Ceiling
Career Advisor
Tech Talk
Juggling the Airplane
The Known to the Unknown
You're Not Done Yet
Advertiser Index
Debrief
Flight Training - March 2013 - Flight Training - March 2013
Flight Training - March 2013 - Cover2
Flight Training - March 2013 - 1
Flight Training - March 2013 - Contents
Flight Training - March 2013 - 3
Flight Training - March 2013 - President’s Perspective
Flight Training - March 2013 - 5
Flight Training - March 2013 - Right Seat
Flight Training - March 2013 - 7
Flight Training - March 2013 - Letters
Flight Training - March 2013 - 9
Flight Training - March 2013 - Not What It Appears
Flight Training - March 2013 - 11
Flight Training - March 2013 - After the Checkride
Flight Training - March 2013 - How It Works
Flight Training - March 2013 - ASI News Action
Flight Training - March 2013 - Training Products
Flight Training - March 2013 - Since You Asked
Flight Training - March 2013 - 17
Flight Training - March 2013 - Member Products Final Exam
Flight Training - March 2013 - Checkride
Flight Training - March 2013 - 20
Flight Training - March 2013 - Flight Lesson
Flight Training - March 2013 - Flying Carpet
Flight Training - March 2013 - 23
Flight Training - March 2013 - The "S" Word
Flight Training - March 2013 - 25
Flight Training - March 2013 - 26
Flight Training - March 2013 - 27
Flight Training - March 2013 - Women With Wings
Flight Training - March 2013 - 29
Flight Training - March 2013 - 30
Flight Training - March 2013 - 31
Flight Training - March 2013 - 32
Flight Training - March 2013 - 33
Flight Training - March 2013 - Problem Solver
Flight Training - March 2013 - 35
Flight Training - March 2013 - 36
Flight Training - March 2013 - 37
Flight Training - March 2013 - Technique
Flight Training - March 2013 - 39
Flight Training - March 2013 - Weather
Flight Training - March 2013 - 41
Flight Training - March 2013 - 42
Flight Training - March 2013 - Aviation's Glass Ceiling
Flight Training - March 2013 - Career Advisor
Flight Training - March 2013 - 45
Flight Training - March 2013 - Tech Talk
Flight Training - March 2013 - Juggling the Airplane
Flight Training - March 2013 - The Known to the Unknown
Flight Training - March 2013 - You're Not Done Yet
Flight Training - March 2013 - 50
Flight Training - March 2013 - Advertiser Index
Flight Training - March 2013 - 52
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Flight Training - March 2013 - 63
Flight Training - March 2013 - Debrief
Flight Training - March 2013 - Cover3
Flight Training - March 2013 - Cover4
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