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Turning Fledglings into Fliers - Three Challenges for Flight Instructors
Discussion of CFI challenges: Managing Risk; Transferring Knowledge; Determining Readiness to solo / take the practical test.
Date and Time:
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, starting at 19:00 Central Daylight Time (17:00 PDT, 18:00 MDT, 20:00 EDT, 14:00 HST, 16:00 AKDT, 17:00 Arizona, 00:00 GMT)
Susan Parson and Paul Preidecker
Brief Description:

In many ways, flight instruction is akin to compressed parenting: the instructor starts with complete responsibility for the very survival of another human being. The task is to transfer the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for the helpless human to understand, think independently, and make sound choices to navigate the complexities the real world serves up every day. The nature of that task makes flight instruction a risky business.

There are many ways to get hurt if you are not paying attention to the right thing at the right time, and the long-term stakes are high since the things you teach will affect how the trainee flies in the future. In this context, Paul Preidecker and Susan Parson discuss three specific challenges that flight instructors face and offer tips and techniques for meeting them successfully.

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Before joining the FAA in May 2004, Susan Parson was a diplomat in the State Department's foreign service with overseas assignments in Panama and Bangladesh.  She decided to pursue a lifelong passion for aviation by starting flight training in 1991, eventually earning ATP and instructor certificates and working part-time at a Leesburg Virginia flight school.

At the FAA, Susan serves as editor-in-chief for the FAA Safety Briefing magazine, FAA team lead for the Airman Certification Standards project, and special assistant to the Flight Standards Service executive director. She has authored nearly 100 General Aviation Safety articles and several online training documents and courses.  

An active general aviation pilot, Susan instructs for her Leesburg-based flying club and the Civil Air Patrol, in which she is a member of the National Standards / Evaluation team.


Paul is the chief flight instructor and examiner for a regional airline. He has over 7,500 hours of flying experience and holds an ATP certificate with type ratings in the CL-65 and Do-328. He is also active in general aviation. He has been an instructor for 27 years, is a member of NAFI Professional Development Committee, and volunteers for EAA during AirVenture as an on-the-air host for EAA Radio.

Formerly, Paul was an instructor on twenty-three, six-day, 4,500-mile IFR cross-country training flights that originated from an airport near Madison, Wisconsin with a route that went to Seattle, Los Angeles, and back to Wisconsin while training approaches at 40 airports along the way. As an experienced aviator and teacher, Paul aims to contribute more to aviation safety by using his training insights to blend accepted best practices between GA and Part 121.


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1 Credit for Master Knowledge Topic 1
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