We get comments here. And email, SMS, even phone calls. Some of them raise issues that deserve a one-sided know-it-all response from a highly opinionated pilot like, er, Carlo 😛
We’ll call these posts, Par Avion. Air Mail.
I saw your pictures at Hua Hin on WingsOverAsia website. I hope someday I’ll be able to join you guys on cross border flying expedition. Not that until i have my PPL.
I have started flying the Cirrus SR 20. I have 1.3hrs in written in my logbook and I hope I can fly more often despite my instructor raising his voice every time I make mistakes. It’s me who chose him. All I need now is word of encouragement in case of emotional breakdown as a result of constant pressure.
My roommate is thinking about changing instructor (same instructor as me) once he clears his first solo. He just can’t tolerate being scolded furiously during circuit training. I hope I will last longer than him, at least until my PPL.
Some of my friends abroad advised against flying with this instructor but I just hope I can stay resilient despite the harsh remarks during flying. Hahaha. I know it will be good for me someday.
Would like to hear your opinion…and encouragement perhaps…
Captain, if I were you (and I’m not you), I would change instructors now.
Shouting has no place in a teaching environment.
It has been proven in education, consulting and leadership that shouting doesn’t make anything clearer.
Shouting is great for getting the student’s attention (“I have the airplane!”), or in increasing stress levels. Some aspects of military training — preparing you for stress — benefit from a shouting instructor (“WHEN I WANT YOUR OPINION, I’LL GIVE IT TO YOU, LIEUTENANT”).
Shouting also works well when you want to show you’re angry.
But shouting drowns out comprehension and retention. You don’t understand, you don’t remember. And you’re paying by the hour to be shouted at.
It’s also dangerous. You’re flying an airplane, and you’re being shouted at.
He also raises his voice to dramatize a point, to lead you to a climax in the lesson. You sit there watching the passionate performance. At the end, you want to applaud.
I’ve never heard Meynard raise his voice in the air. Ever.
Flight training is distracting enough. You are drinking from a fire hose.
You’re climbimg in the circuit after a bad landing, and should be fully engrossed in an activity that needs a very high percentage of your brain power — flying an airplane! You barely have bandwidth to absorb advice, never mind a shouting rant.
If your instructor shouts for the wrong reasons, change. You are paying for training. Get training.
Having said that, it’s natural for you to feel overwhelmed at the start. And many flight instructors are dedicated, passionate and sincere. Consider enduring this behavior if he has these redeeming qualities. And when you earn his praise, you know it’s really earned 🙂
Posted from Amsterdam, March 18, 2009