First season as a Sport CFI

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First season as a Sport CFI

Postby TDFlyer » Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:56 am

Passed my CFI-S checkride a year ago with just over 200hrs total time. I am part of a small club that owns a J-3 Cub, we don't fly it in the winter. Our club has a long-time instructor that everyone (including me) uses. I figured this summer I would log a few hours of dual given, maybe do a flight review, dabble in some instructing...

And then our usual club instructor lost his medical. And we got 4 new members. And suddenly I was the only (barely) qualified Cub instructor in the area. Talk about being thrown into the deep end.

This year so far I have done 3 Tailwheel Endorsements, 4 flight reviews, soloed (successfully!) a zero-time student, logged almost 50 hours of dual given, 50 flights so far this season. My teaching wasn't perfect or polished and I warned my students to be patient with me, everyone was awesome.

Definitely look into getting your Sport CFI if you have access to a suitable aircraft, the whole process was memorable

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Re: First season as a Sport CFI

Postby Otto » Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:02 pm

Awesome. Good for you. Instructing is awesome as long as you don't do too much of it(the exact # that is too much varies.) Nice thing for aviation, nice thing for yourself. You'll probably notice your own flying getting better. Win win.

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