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LETTERS
wing loading and extra horsepower of the Pipers). 
Everyone wanted to fly
the Katanas. We even took
them to nonaviation events
to attract new students, and
it worked. People just loved
them. Everyone wanted to sit
in one. I did so many discovery
flights in them. 
The training environment
is tough on airplanes. I no longer work at the flight school,
but it's at the same airport
where I base my Cherokee.
Those four Katanas are long
gone, but every single Cessna
and Piper that I instructed in
20 years ago is still in use.
I really loved the Katana,
but it didn't last. I hope the
RV-12 does and Van's is successful with it.
Tom Doblmaier
AOPA 1060021
North Wales, Pennsylvania

Antenna talk

HANGAR TALK

One big aspect of your recent
review of the Garmin 760 disappointed me. It was a great
opportunity to focus on a strategic decision that Garmin
keeps making for its portable units. They only integrate
a single Bluetooth antenna
receiving/transmitter unit. In
today's electronics, it is very
easy and cost effective to use at

least a dual or triple-antenna
Bluetooth unit. Garmin deliberately distorts their units'
capabilities by touting their
ability to do multiple things,
without readily admitting that
it can only do one Bluetooth
hookup at a time.
Even a dual antenna would
allow the unit to simultaneously exchange flight plan
data to a Garmin navigator,
plus continue to get its traffic
and weather data from a different source.
There is no reason for
Garmin to be stubborn on this
point, and so I thought the
review was a perfect chance
to give Garmin some necessary
pushback and prompt them to
start making their portable
units more effective, for practically zero additional cost.

PROFICIENT PILOT

Psychobabble
No more 'student' pilots?

BARRY SCHIFF

has a teaching
credential from the
State of California,
as well as seven
flight instructor
ratings.

THE FAA'S Aviation Instructor's Handbook is required
reading for those preparing to become flight instructors (or ground or maintenance instructors). Its
purpose is to help new instructors understand and
apply the fundamentals of instruction. Most find
the material dry and boring-a sure cure for insomnia-even though it does contain a modicum of useful
information.
The last edition was published in 2008, so when
the revised edition became available, I checked to see if
it contained any important changes. Instructors, after
all, should remain current academically as well as with
stick and rudder.
I was struck dumb by some of the new verbiage. No,
it was worse than that. I shook my head so hard at what
I saw that I almost gave myself whiplash. For example,
students are no longer called students; they are now
called learners. Really! Instructors no longer teach
students; they instruct learners. Using my computer's
Search function to scan an electronic copy of the book,
I discovered that "learner" (instead of student) appears
an irritating 1,881 times. The word "student" appears
only 42 times.
Does this mean that the FAA will be issuing
learner pilot certificates instead of student pilot certificates? Are flight instructors going to be called
coaches, trainers, or professors? Such changes
seemingly made for the sake of change distract from
learning what really matters.
I recognize that getting older might make me
more resistant to change, which is why elders who
bark excessively about change often are called dinosaurs. I probably have been guilty of that on occasion.
In this case, however, I believe that I am on solid
ground. I am certain that even younger pilots will
find substituting "learner" for "student" to be awkward and unnecessary. (I am confident about this
because I took an informal survey of younger pilots
and found that I am correct; few are comfortable with
the change.)
This reminds me of when the "biennial flight
review" (BFR) was changed by the FAA to a plain
"flight review." The change made no sense. A flight
review performed every two years is a flight review
performed biennially, which means it is technically
still a biennial flight review. But no. We are not supposed to call it that anymore.

A friend informs me that educational psychology-
not something about which pilots need to develop
expertise-says that there are six reasons why psychologists prefer "learner" to "student." One reason is that
"a student is typically a young person who has yet to
graduate," whereas a learner never really graduates and
continues to be curious and engaged through adulthood.
Another reason claims that "someone is a student when
in a classroom," which is more psychobabble. The cockpit of an airplane or flight simulator has always been
considered a classroom for pilots. Ask anyone studying
for an instrument rating if he or she does not feel like
a student when shooting approaches under the hood.
Tradition as well as the dictionary define "student"
as "one who studies; an attentive observer." That's
good enough for me.
When I was a pilot for TWA and checked out in various aircraft, I absolutely felt like a student. Becoming
qualified in each new type required intense study. Matter
of fact, most pilots-irrespective of their experience-
consider themselves perpetual students, a humble
attitude that generally keeps them safer than those who
do not recognize that there is always more to learn.
I consider myself to have been a student ever since
Student Pilot Certificate #200208 was issued to me on
my sixteenth birthday. I still am.
If substituting "learner" for "student" is not bad
enough, the Aviation Instructor's Handbook also substitutes "flight deck" for "cockpit." Now this is truly
absurd. By definition, a flight deck is "the cockpit of
a large aircraft from which it is flown by a pilot and
crew." (It is also the deck of an aircraft carrier used
for takeoff and landing.) It is ridiculous to refer to the
cockpit of a Cessna 152 as a flight deck. You will never
get me to refer to the rear seat of a Piper J-3 Cub as
a flight deck. (Here comes that dinosaur again.) This
change seems to be a classic case of change made for
the sake of change, perhaps the result of someone
attempting to justify his or her position by developing
something new-even if nonsensical.
Some might want to rid our terminology of cockpit
because they do not understand its origin. A coxswain
(pronounced KOK-suhn) is someone who steers a boat,
and the place from which he does this is the coxswain's
pit, an expression that in aviation became foreshortened to cockpit.
AOPA
barryschiff.com

22 | AOPA PILOT August 2020

Ken Stallings
AOPA 4924066
Douglasville, Georgia

Thanks

I simply wanted to write to
thank Catherine Cavagnaro for
her columns in AOPA Pilot. I
always find them both informative and interesting, and I
learn something useful from
each one. I really think you
should collect them into a
book someday-I know I'd buy
a copy and keep it on the shelf

"My recent visit to Cleveland, Tennessee, showed me
how pervasive aviation is on Jon Humberd's farm," said
Technical Editor MIKE COLLINS (see "STOL ON THE FARM,"
p. 50). "Jon's wife April helped at various points to build
their Zenith CH 701. Their precocious daughter, Joslyn,
was Jon's first passenger and remains a willing accomplice." (A video of her first flight is on YouTube and he
says it's really, really cute.) And the feeling extends to
their pastures, he added. "The Humberds have about
400 head of cattle that are so used to Jon flying low
overhead that they don't even look up," Collins said. "But
they quickly notice a photographer at the edge of their
pasture, 100 yards away-because he's not a part of their
normal scene."

16 | AOPA PILOT October 2020

BY BARRY SCHIFF

I agree completely
with Barry Schiff's
article ("Proficient
Pilot: Psychobabble").
Too many times words

next to my autographed copy of
Bill Kershner's Logging Flight
Time. My sister and brother-inlaw, Lucy and Larry Majors, are
big Sewanee fans (he is the son
of Coach Shirley Majors and
played football at Sewanee in
the 60s), and I met Bill through
them on several occasions
when I'd fly in to Winchester
for the "first Saturday" fly-in
breakfast. Lucy and Larry live
in Estill Springs, and the Majors
family maintains Coach Majors'
home on Breakfield next to the
practice field, so the breakfast
was a great opportunity for
us to get together. I envy the
relationship she were blessed
to have with Bill-what a wonderful guy.
Jim Tate
AOPA 838633
Nashville, Tennessee

or acronyms are used
that don't describe
what is trying to be
communicated.
That is the point of
language and speech-
to communicate.
Mike Harbeck
AOPA 1013076
Delphi, Indiana

Errata

"Flying the Texas Hill Country"
(September 2020 AOPA Pilot)
incorrectly stated that Sam
Houston died at the Alamo and
incorrectly described the location of King Ranch. AOPA Pilot
regrets the errors.
We welcome your comments.
Send letters to Editor, AOPA
Pilot, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, Maryland 21701 or pilot@
aopa.org. Letters may be edited for length and style.


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