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CAREER ADVISOR

A career pink slip

Will failures keep him from the airlines?
» By Wayne Phillips

» Q: I am concerned about taking checkrides and how any failures might derail my
career. How can I avoid becoming a checkride casualty?-Anson

» A: I don't know of any airline that does
not ask the potential employee about
checkride history and pass/fail rates.
One bust in the past is not usually a deal
breaker. Own up to the failure and describe
what you learned. Two failures might not
go so well, unless you can point to a recent
ATP or type rating test that you passed
with flying colors.
The practical test track record has
gained more importance since the Colgan
crash in 2009. Much was made about

the captain's test failure rate and-right
or wrong-the innuendo is that overall
competence, or lack of it, was somehow a
factor indicated by those failures. A couple
of strategies for you:
Read the bimonthly "Checkride"
column in this magazine. Examiner Bob
Schmelzer has lots of wisdom.
Review and understand the PTS. You
would be amazed at the number of applicants who never dig into the PTS to know
what's in store.
Have your instructor set you up for
a mock checkride with another solid
instructor whom you don't know. He
should make it as real as possible. You
will be required to demonstrate your skill

to a stranger, which replicates the actual
testing situation.
Get to know the examiner well before
the test. Ask your CFI to introduce you to
that DPE when an opportunity presents
itself. Most are decent human beings who
are very approachable. Most examiners do not relish the idea of issuing the
dreaded notice of disapproval.
A professional CFI is the key to this
entire certification process. That instructor will ensure you are well-prepared.
Rely on the CFI's judgment. The instructor should take pride in the pass rate and
should not recommend you for the test
until the confidence level is high.
Wayne Phillips manages the Airline Training
Orientation Program (www.atopjets,com).
Send your career questions to careers@aopa.org
and we'll publish the best ones here.

CFI TO CFI

Proactive flight instruction
Foster quality instruction and increase completion rates
» By Matthew Bauman

INSTRUCTORS HAVE THE difficulty of
pleasing two masters-providing quality
and safe instruction while ensuring students do not waste their money. A focus
shift from instruction to professional
development could provide the keys to
success. Instruction through professional
development, mentorship, and student
training incentives could create the edge
students need for success.
Quality teaching is important to a budding aviator. Furthermore, a professor-like
mentality is essential for successful
instruction. Understanding student
motivation beyond basic fundamentals
of instruction elevates a good instructor
to the next level. What are your students
motivated by? Training incentives, positive reinforcement, or goal achievement?
Teachers improve their skills by developing ideas that might help students such
as instruction technique. Submitting
concepts, ideas, and techniques for publication provides other enthusiasts to learn
from your experience.

Instructors benefit one another through
the exchange of ideas and techniques.
The combination of the two fundamentals refine judgment. Individuals might
have a creative and legitimate theory or
technique that is only partially effective,
but dissemination allows ideas for peer
refinement. The end result is higher quality instruction.
A mentor relationship is another essential element. When students begin flying
they are impressionable because new students strive to emulate those they admire.
Through mentorship, desired attitudes
can be fostered. Attitudes are developed
through experience that is derived from
mistakes and mishaps. Instructors should
prevent students learning from their own
mistakes, however, sharing is sometimes
inhibited by fear of retribution, ego, or a
damaged reputation. Sharing personal
stories with students demonstrates that
mistakes occur and sharing them could
prevent someone from a future repeat
performance. Otto von Bismarck said,

"Fools learn from experience. I prefer to
learn from the experience of others."
Teaching students efficiently maintains
momentum and money. One potential
method for motivation is the application
of differential pricing for ground instruction. Depending on outside commitments
(family, career, school) students might not
come prepared. Instructors could offer
differential pricing for ground training
based on the level of student preparation. If students arrive prepared, the
basic topics could be quickly covered and
in-depth analysis achieved for a greater
understanding.
Recognition that instructors will
be teaching longer and experiencing
reoccurring flight profiles leads to the
potential for boredom. Repetition of
the same student mistakes incubates
complacency which lends to dropping
your guard. Periodic review and a constant reminder that increased focus and
consistency are essential to successful
instruction.
Matthew Bauman is a fixed-wing and rotorcraft
pilot who flies in the military.

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