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PLUS Learn more about Conor Dancy in this video.

SO HERE'S THE SET-UP: Take a "challenging"
student and hook her up with the best flight
instructor of 2013. Have her be at her most challenging, and then have her rate this 23-year-old
phenom on the criteria the Flight Training
Excellence Poll sought from its 3,375 respondents. How would the winner do? And
would our heroine even make it through a
lesson (see "Flying with Conor," page 42)?
Conor Dancy of Aviation Adventures in
Leesburg, Virginia, is the recipient of the
first AOPA Flight Training Excellence Award
for Best Flight Instructor. His fans scored
him higher than some 950 other instructors
from across the nation. The individual

instructors were rated on 31 criteria
ranging from professionalism to
personality, safety issues to financial
concerns.
Four key elements concerned our
challenging student, however. First
was "first impression." This was
especially important to our student as
she's 55 years old and obstinate. Dancy
is 23 and is younger than her sons.
Second was "why him?" Why choose
this instructor if she could have anyone
in the nation? Third, how could he help her
become a part of the aviation community, feel
welcome, and assimilated as one of the gang?-a
desire expressed by many new students in the
Flight Training Experience research AOPA
conducted in 2010 (see "The Flight
Training Experience: Making
It Work," March 2011 Flight
Training). Finally, what
characteristics of our
phenom should be
emulated by other
instructors? The
research also revealed
that CFIs can have the
most positive impact
on training-and a student's success rate.

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Flight Training - February 2014
Contents
Member Benefits
Right Seat
Letters
Fun on the Water
Success Story News
How It Works
After the Checkride
News Abeam the Numbers
Training Products
News Final Exam
Asi News
News
Flight Lesson
Accident Report
Around the Patch
Flying Carpet
Flight Training Excellence Awards
Awards Recipients
All for You
Dream Maker
Weather
Career Pilot
Instructor Report
CFI to CFI
Career Advisor
Accident Report
Advertiser Index
Debrief
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Flight Training - February 2014 - Cover2
Flight Training - February 2014 - Contents
Flight Training - February 2014 - 2
Flight Training - February 2014 - 3
Flight Training - February 2014 - Member Benefits
Flight Training - February 2014 - 5
Flight Training - February 2014 - Right Seat
Flight Training - February 2014 - 7
Flight Training - February 2014 - Letters
Flight Training - February 2014 - 9
Flight Training - February 2014 - Fun on the Water
Flight Training - February 2014 - 11
Flight Training - February 2014 - Success Story News
Flight Training - February 2014 - How It Works
Flight Training - February 2014 - After the Checkride
Flight Training - February 2014 - News Abeam the Numbers
Flight Training - February 2014 - Training Products
Flight Training - February 2014 - News Final Exam
Flight Training - February 2014 - Asi News
Flight Training - February 2014 - 19
Flight Training - February 2014 - News
Flight Training - February 2014 - 21
Flight Training - February 2014 - Flight Lesson
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Flight Training - February 2014 - Around the Patch
Flight Training - February 2014 - 25
Flight Training - February 2014 - Flying Carpet
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Flight Training - February 2014 - Flight Training Excellence Awards
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Flight Training - February 2014 - All for You
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