From my experience in flight training and reflecting on the apparent lack of stick and rudder skills demonstrated and discussed in the aftermath of so many crash events, there are two factors.I know we have several experienced CFI's here... what do you guys think? Are the practical flying skill requirements that hard to teach nowdays? Do the flight schools have so much power to force an instructor to sign off incompetent new pilots, knowing they might hurt someone? Are the DPE's simply not concerned with a private pilot's ability to fly the airplane safely?
This was my "for later". Thanks VB !!If cost is really such an issue that today's pilots are only trained halfway, then I have a new-age, PC police, participation-trophy-approved suggestion:
Rig up a ground-based flight simulator with loud alarms or the sound of crunching metal, or a 20 amp jolt in the seat cushion. Have some !(#*$# millennial with a Che Guevara T-shirt program the sim to zap the student if he/she can't keep the airplane within a certain distance of the runway centerline.
Have the sim do this with many different images of runways, surrounding terrain, vegetation, water, sand traps, steep cliffs, a roaring T-rex next to the runway, whatever. The student can practice keeping the airplane in the right zip code and learn how to use the mother-(!*#$% rudder pedals, at a very very low cost.
Same for crosswind landings, stalls, engine failure on takeoff, spin entry, and a host of other things that aren't taught as much because of cost or new-age dumbing down.
See page 184 post #3673 last paragraph for issues on finding that CFI.This was my "for later". Thanks VB !!
However, thinking that 'cause you are in a sim that you don't need a CFI is just plain dumb.
My intention was that "CFI" means a qualified human. Emphasis on "qualified". I would never even consider a digital CFI. So the issue never arose. Cannot imagine relying on a "programed (sic) CFI" and expecting quality training. HBA is really not the place to discuss details about simulation hardware and software. If anyone wants more information, please send me a PM.See page 184 post #3673 last paragraph for issues on finding that CFI. I have had access to a very good sim with a programed in CFI. Problem is the programed CFI did not emphasize proper rudder use and let the student pass with insufficient rudder skills (IMHO) but acceptable under today's industry standards.
Yeah but the YOKO yoke broke up my Beatles simulator...The key element was $1k for the YOKO yoke.
Rod Machado's article is a good brief overview of how sim training can be effectively incorporated into training for a PPC. It is worth noting that he (and Cypress College) are in Southern California, with a lot of busy airspace. I learned to fly there (Santa Monica, within the LAX Mode C veil), and it is a crummy place to learn about flying skills--but a great place to learn about radio use, ATC, clearing for traffic, etc. A sim with a good instructor can help a student learn the radio stuff, complying with altitude restrictions, pattern procedures, etc so the flight time can be put to best use: learning to handle the airplane.Flight Training on a Budget By Rod Machado Over a period of two semesters, a young college student with two intro flights in his logbook acquired approximately 60 hours of supervised training using a desktop flight simulator. Curious to test his chops at the controls of a real airplane, this...rodmachado.com
I would love to have such "crummy" airspace to fly in. Challenges are good things. That airspace surely made you a better pilot.I learned to fly there (Santa Monica, within the LAX Mode C veil), and it is a crummy place to learn about flying skills--but a great place to learn about radio use, ATC, clearing for traffic, etc. A sim with a good instructor can help a student learn the radio stuff, complying with altitude restrictions, pattern procedures, etc so the flight time can be put to best use: learning to handle the airplane.
Well that looks like the much talked about Yamaha R-1 or Apex engine. Wonder what's up?