Training Tips for the New instructor:
1. First do not assume the new student understands the radio control and how it relates to the airplane. Explain it by turning the radio on and the receiver, this should even be done with the buddy box attached (if you are using an electric plane disconnect one of the motor control leads to disable the motor). Now while holding the master radio in front of you show how each movement of the sticks controls the flying surfaces and what the plane will do. Now pull the trainer switch and direct the student to move each control slowly and watch the flight surfaces. You can even give the student the master and hold the plane moving it as it would in the air. This will give the student a good idea of what is going to happen in the air and how the controls work.
2. Field Safety Rules: Student must have a good understanding of the clubs sftety rules, no-fly zones, AMA safety code, and use of frequency pins (even if they are flying on 2.4Ghz. Do not omit the Frequency control as you do not want someone to later show up with a 72Mhz System and turn it on without checking the board!
3. Do a pre flight check (see the flight log) before every session with the student. After the first session let the student do the ore-flight while you observe. This forces good habits that will last!
4. Do a pre-flight briefing: Discuss the goals of the lesson (flight).
5. Lesson order recommended.
1. Level Flight and simple pattern. Focus on the right stick only (have the student set throttle to about 1/3) and have them concentrate on keeping a steady altitude. As long as the plane in within the fly zone do not be too critical of the flight pattern. Holding altitude is the first priority with flying the plane second. If the student has trouble with control reversal as the plane is coming at them have them call out there control inputs (left, left, left, right, right). Even if they do this silent to themselves it helps!
2. Left and right turns and Hold a Coarse. Now that the student can hold altitude start practicing holding a coarse. Work on left and right turns with horizontal figure eights.
3. Climbing & descending turns: Add climbs and descents to the figure eights
4. Rudder control: Coordinated turns and slips (optional)
5. Steep Turns: High Bank angle over 45 degrees
6. Stalls: Practice stall recovery at altitude
7. Approaches: Start approaches at altitude just flying slow and outside, down the entire length of the runway. Let the student decrease altitude as the passes become smoother until they reach about 10-15 feet. Be sure they stay to the outer edge of the runway and power up as they climb out to go around.
8. Landings: Continue the approaches letting the student decrees altitude a little at a time, until they are a few feet of the ground. Now work them to the landing.
9. Take Offs: I always save these for last as once the student can fly and land it is safe to teach them to take-off. A student that has learned to take off may come out on a day no one is there and try a flight by them self, thinking "I can land it in the grass if I need to!"
10. Dead Stick Landings: Have the student practice simulated dead stick landings. I usually do this with my JR radio where I can keep control of the throttle. But, you can have the student fly and when you say dead stick they chop the throttle, cal "dead Stick and Land.
6. Do a post flight Debriefing. Discuss issues the student had during his flight and let him give input. Do not dwell on the mistakes just how to correct them and focus on the good aspects about the flight.
Remember you want to leave the lesson on a high note note what the student did wrong!
a) Remember not to let the student burn out. Work on your lesson for 5-6 minutes then let the student indulge for a few minutes. Maybe talk them through a loop or just let them fly around and have fun. Keep in mind this is what this is all about! I will sometimes work on a lesson for 3-4 minutes then let the student indulge for 3-4 minutes and finish with a recap of the lesson or if the student is progressing quickly I may have the student start on the next lesson, but only if they have a good grasp on the lesson at hand (see next note).
b) Keep the student interested but do not overload them with too much in one lesson.
c) Have the student clean the plane when finished. Again this creates good habits from the beginning.
d) Give homework! If the student has a simulator have them practice a single concept, like stalls, coordinated turns, steep turns or slipping. Remember the simulator is not good for landings and although the student will take off on the sim refrain from teaching take-offs until the student can Land.
|Student Flight log||
A log for Students
For Check flights or use as a per lesson Guide
A guide to check a new plane for the student.