Tips and tricks of an old flight instructor

Hello! So as a background to this blog topic, keep in mind that about 65% of my students have started their flight training somewhere else and have come to me to finish up their training. There are many reasons that these students would come to me part way through their training. Some of the reasons include the pace of their former training, instructor/aircraft availability, instructor leaving for airlines and the student not catching on to certain tasks to name just a few.
The latter part of the last paragraph is where I earn a lot of my new students due to my extensive experience in this field! I have been teaching flight for many many years and have over twelve thousand hours doing this so tips, tricks and different approach for every student has been serving me well throughout my career. I have been doing a lot of research into the inner workings of the brain when it comes to learning how to fly an airplane and the biggest thing I have learned so far is that rarely will the same approach to a learning impediment be met the same from person to person. That is where all the “tricks” I have up my sleeve that I have learned over the years have worked wonders for my students and I thus far.
Of course most of these blocks to learning stem from the landing phase of flight (as this is the most difficult aspect of flying) but are not limited to this particular segment. A lot of times, a change of perspective, aircraft and scenery is all it takes for the light bulb to come on but not always. Sometimes it takes great attitudes by the student and the instructor to make this light buld come on also. Whatever it takes however, I am a master at turning on lightbulbs! Please feel free to call me on my cell to discuss your current situation and see if I might be able to help you through them at 702-504-6376 and I will talk to you soon!

Does accelerated flight training really work?

Hello everyone! I’m going to use this post today to address a lot of concerns that I hear from perspective clients on the effectiveness of MY accelerated flight training program. First off, I cannot speak for every accelerated program out there because we are different in our own little ways but I can address concerns about how I conduct my courses as well as the completion rates and the pass fail rates. I will also address my personal safety rates as well (knock on wood)!
So let’s start with the completion rate and discuss all the factors that make this completion rate attainable. For all the students who start their training through my program, about 90-95% of them will get on the airplane back home with their certificate in hand. In order to make this happen, a lot of preparation must be completed before prior to you showing up for your first day of training. First off, you will need to study for and complete the FAA knowledge test (written test). This can be completed without any instructor input whatsoever by studying from the sportys private pilot study buddy http://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/learn-to-fly/study-buddy.html . Use the study buddy section until you have a good grasp on what’s going on then start to take practice tests from the study buddy until you score into the 80% to 90% consistently. Once you have that down and are ready to take the test, get a hold of me for an endorsement to take the test. The test can be done in just about every city across America that has a cats testing center and costs anywhere from $100 to $150.
In conjunction with the written test, you can schedule your third class medical examination at any time also by going to https://www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator/. Its good to know if you’re medically disqualified for the ppl before you start your training!
After your written test is out of the way, we will need you to study from my private pilot study guide by visiting http://flyaccelerated.com/flight-school/accelerated-ground-school.html. Please get to know this section quite well as this is the information that will be important to us for the most part.
You should also download foreflight onto your iPad or iPad mini as this is where we we will primarily be getting most all of our pre flight as well as inflight planning and weather.
If you complete these four steps, you will have upwards of a 95% completion rate and over a 95% first time pass rate on your first try. If you happen to not pass on your first time for some reason or another, you can usually retake the practical test that day and still leave with your certificate in hand.
As far as safety goes, we have only had one minor incident throughout my whole career conducting these accelerated courses (or any of my training for that matter). I had a student run off the runway and collapse a landing gear but nobody was injured and the plane was repaired a few days later at minimal cost.
I am only able to achieve the above completion rates due to a number of factors in addition to the aforementioned such as: maintenance- I have a top notch maintenance team whom i have been using for nearly ten years now and all of my aircraft are maintained to impeccable standards that are unusual in the aviation industry. If anything does happen to any of my planes, our team is on top of them immediately and returns them to service as quickly as humanly possible. Weather- flying out of las Vegas definitely has its perks, like the best flying weather in all of the united states! We can pretty much fly 364 days a year here for the most part so it’s usually not an issue at all! Experience- I have been conducting flight training for over ten year and have been doing primarily accelerated training for most of that time. I have amassed nearly 12,000 hours of time in the air!! So I know a little bit:) Examiners- I have been using the same examiners for years now and have a good working relationship with them so that we may schedule my students on very short notice (very important!).
All in all, it’s a very streamlined process when you use us for your accelerated flight training. With the proper preparation and a little bit of effort, you too can get back on the plane home with your license in hand in about ten days or less. Please feel free to call me on my cell at 702-504-6376 if you would like to discuss your options or set up a training date. Hope to talk to you soon!
Jamie

More experiments on the human brain

Hello everyone! As all of my former students know, I am always conducting experiments on how the human brain interacts with flight training and various aspects involved with flying an airplane. All the information I gather goes into a proprietary bin in which I use to constantly refine my accelerated flight training courses to make better pilots and shorten the time it takes my students to pick up on certain concepts involved with the unnatural act of flying an airplane.
For this experiment, I want to see if certain people will pick up on certain things more quickly than others (I’m convinced that they really don’t). So I am going to use someone who has had absolutely no exposure to flying airplanes but yet has a very high degree of hand eye coordination and natural talent for handling complex video game controllers. Who better for this experiment, I will be using the number one ranked video gamer in the world, Fatal1ty! Yes, that’s right, number one in the world!
So, we will do a half day training session which will involve the most difficult aspects for me to teach my students such as take off, landing, talking on the radios and navigating underneath class B airspace to name a few. I will give him an extensive ground training session prior to us getting into the airplane but that’s pretty much it, it will be up to him to make sure that he can perform all tasks to specifications set forth by me. We will be conducting this experiment in the next week or two so stay tuned for the results! I hope you guys appreciate this, it’s costing me a pretty penny as usual in aviation. I will talk to you all soon to let you know how it goes!
Jamie

Accelerated flight training vacation?

Hello, so I get a lot of people calling me every day asking if we can integrate their flight training into a vacation type of trip to make it a little more appealing to their significant other. I know that’s not the easiest thing to take ten days off in a row while the wife or husband hangs out back in the room all by themselves while we’re out training all day. So my answer to this is of course yes unless the student is working on solo time in which nobody but the student is allowed in the plane during those flights. There is good training value in bringing a passenger with us on our flights such as finding out how the plane will perform when close to or at max gross weight and other circumstances that only flying with passengers will be able to teach us. It sweetens the deal when trying to sell your partner on this whole accelerated flight training business as well. And if you’re looking for talking points in your discussion as to the entertainment value of our training, let them know what airports we can possibly hit up: Catalina island, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, salt lake city, Sedona, saint George, grand canyon, Laughlin, aspen, telluride and many many more. Feel free to call me on my cell anytime at 702-504-6376 if you would like more ideas to pitch or talk about your training in greater detail. Talk to you soon!

Jamie

What it takes to become a pilot

Hello All! Just a brief post on what it takes to become a private pilot…
Becoming a pilot is no easy task and ironically the hardest part about any of it is just getting your private pilots license. Yes, it’s the most difficult training you will undergo as a pilot because of the simple fact that everything will be new to you as opposed to a regurgitation of other subjects you will encounter in your commercial or instrument rating. There’s also a lot of unusual elements involved with learning how to fly in your PPL training that just do not come naturally to people who have never flown before such as LANDINGS! You can reasonably sure that at least half of your training during the PPL will be just learning how to get the darn thing on the ground without injuring yourself or the airplane. Landing is not something that comes naturally to ANYBODY period! A lot of people out there tell me that they think they would be a good pilot because of X Y and Z and that they would learn how to land quick because they’re the top 1% of the population in intelligence or something like that but I’m here to tell you that nothing will make you learn to land the darn thing any faster than going out and doing a million landings!
So that’s one of the few things that will trip you up on your way to becoming a pilot, then there’s the issue of the radios… Don’t get me started on that one today. In my opinion, 90% of all the radio transmissions within class D airspace are incorrect anyway so maybe il use that for my next blog post. Brilliant!
So these are a couple of the many issues that will stand between you and becoming a pilot, there’s many more issues beyond that but to break it down in simple terms, you will need lots of hard work, dedication, a little bit of brains and lots of study time to accomplish your objective. My ten day courses are not a magic bullet for those who do not like to prepare for stuff and put in their dues so just be prepared for lots of hard work and you will be rewarded with your license and you will finally be able to call yourself a “pilot” along with all the others who paid their dues! So long for now!

Pre landing checklist

Pre landing checklists should normally be a memory item that you can recite from an acronym such as the one that I use FUMBELS. I fly everything from cessnas to gulfstreams and my beloved fumbels checklist pretty much covers both aircraft with the exception of arming the spoilers and little stuff like that. You should back up your memory checklist with a written checklist after you have completed the memory checklist as well. My FUMBELS checklist stands for fuel pump on, undercarriage down (landing gear), mixture rich, brakes check pressure, engine guages in the green (to include fuel guages), lights as necessary and seat belts fastened for us and our passengers. I usually complete the pre landing checklist about 5 miles out from your destination or so.