Instructing looks easy—show someone what you do, and get them to repeat, right? Then why do so many students get injured or killed while learning? We can do better. We must do better. This book aims to help.
Pilots relish the freedom of our minimally regulated endeavor, and we hope to keep it that way—minimally regulated. But the secrets to teaching success have, until now, remained locked up in individual instructor’s toolboxes. After years of traveling, watching, taking notes, and being saddened by training mishaps, Jeff Goin decided it was time to do something.
For two years, he focused on learning how successful instructors succeed, how students learn, how they get hurt, what it takes to be effective, and what it takes to thrive in the business. This book includes best practices from dozens of successful instructors, then adds an airline-level understanding of human factors—how we interact with machines—where appropriate.
Jeff’s aviation background includes 15 years of teaching in various capacities and over 30 years of professional flying. More recently, he went through instructor certification programs for paragliding and paramotoring. Earning those instructor ratings was a small part of the research that went into this project. Here’s hoping we can collectively make a difference.