drseti wrote:Let me elaborate on my previous statement, because it might sound like I am criticizing CFIs for not knowing the regs. If anything, I am criticizing the CFI renewal process.
I have been a CFI for nearly 40 years, which means I have taken maybe 19 Flight Instructor Refresher Courses (we CFIs have to renew every 2 years). The Sport Pilot rules came out in late 2004, which means perhaps 8 of those FIRCs took place after FAR 61.3xx (the SP training requirements) came out. Yet, I cannot remember a single FIRC in which the 61.3xx rules were emphasized.
That's probably because SP is not embraced by the majority of CFIs. In fact, SP is often regarded by the GA establishment as something less than a legitimate Pilot certificate. So, the lack of knowledge about SP rules that is endemic among CFIs is actually symptomatic of a much larger problem - the failure of the SP movement to gain traction, and legitimize itself.
There are presently about 100,000 Certified Flight Instructors in the US. How many of those do SP instruction? The FAA records don't say, but if the experiences cited by members of this forum are to be believed, the number is quite small indeed. This is why I consider SP the best kept secret in aviation. So we shouldn't be surprised that so few CFIs know the SP rules.
So, what can be done to educate CFIs about SP? I think forums like this one can help. So can WINGS safety seminars conducted by those of us who embrace SP and LSA (I'm still trying to do my part there). Incorporating more SP-specific material into FIRCs would help. But there's only so much material you can cram into a 2-day course, and new requirements keep coming out every year to fill those two days. So, it behooves SP students to learn everything they can here at SportPilotTalk, and then educate their CFIs.
Thank you, fellow pilots, for all you do to spread the word. It's not just CFIs who have to be educators!
My daughter is a MEII, flies a corporate jet, and just passed her ATP written. She has absolutely no interest in helping me acquire my sport CFI. I'll ask her a simple question about something, her answer is "I don't know anything about that". She seems to have forgotten where the $60,000.00 came from that got her where she is today. I hate to do it, but I just don't talk to her anymore about it. But I digress, I just press on.
Anyway, It's sort of been pointed out here (by a female, no less, CFI on this forum) that we're of lower/lesser "quality" than they are.