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Feature Article: Military Instruction
Instruction that uses the stair-step approach is predicated
on the absence of surprises. A military preflight can take hours.
In my own program I seldom take less than 30 minutes and early
on the discussion and planning may take over an hour. I go through
what we will do in detail, not just the flying but the checklists
to be used, the radio procedure for both departure and return.
The student who knows what is coming and what to expect is under
far less stress than the one who gets strapped into the seat
while heading into the unknown.
Each preflight should include some small advancement in systems
operation. Perhaps just a moments review or remark as to what
the student should look for and be aware of can be sufficient.
Over time such contributions will develop judgment and awareness
of possible malfunctions. Knowing what problems can ground an
aircraft is essential knowledge. One of the least covered areas
of advanced instruction is exploring the outer limits of aircraft
performance and configuration. An hour spent in precision flight
as to heading, altitude and airspeed can restore confidence.
Steep turns won't hurt either if precise heading and altitude
recoveries are included.
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