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Feature Article: My Kind of Student
I want a student who responds, enjoys, and pays attention.
I enjoy sharing my love of flying with someone. I often share
too much, try too hard, and overwhelm the student. I don't want
the student to be just a well for me to fill. I try to augment
every mistake or success, to an event-mistake or event-success
in my career, with a brief story. Stories, while time consuming,
are the cement of memory. The story is a sharing of the joy-spirit
of flying. I want a student who is enthusiastic, who laughs at
my old jokes, and who challenges what I say until I can back it
up by an experience or text.
I want a left-handed student. Flying is the only area other than
being a first baseman, batter, or pitcher where lefties start
with an advantage. About 15% of the population are so blessed.
A higher proportion of pilots seems to be left-handed. Flying
does not require the specialization of fine motor skills. That
field is left to right-handers.
By the second year, hand dominance appears. Aircraft are equipped
to do things equally well both left and right but American aircraft
do things easier to the left. The rest of the world is right handed
from scissors, tools, guns, phones, serrated knives, power mowers,
binders, desks, keyboards, screws, and knobs. On average, right-handers
do live eight months longer than left-handers. Average age difference
66 years to 75 years. Life is not fair.
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