Flight Instruction

Ron Amundson on February 13th, 2011

I was chatting with a fellow on twitter today who had a gear down problem, and made mention of the fact that sharing his experience could be a great learning tool for others. This got me thinking a bit, and I thought, wow, I should probably do the same… and with almost 30 years of […]

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Ron Amundson on February 11th, 2011

Its interesting to note folks views on the cost of flight training. On the one hand, some hold the view that the cost will be high, and its ok if it goes higher, and its ok if the pilot population shrinks. Others hold to the view that aviation is too expensive, and that if the […]

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Ron Amundson on February 10th, 2011

I was reading @SusanCain’s blog where she writes about approach-avoidance conflict in the public speaking arena, but also a bit more generally as concerns introverts. She presents a short quiz using the terms stop/go which can help folks understand themselves, and how such ties into their decision making process. Taking this into the flight training […]

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Ron Amundson on January 25th, 2011

While there is some truth in this statement…. “Most people that look for something on the Internet use search engines like Google or Yahoo. If your site is one of the first that pops up when they enter “flight instruction salt lake city,” for example, you’re more likely to have the person visit your website, […]

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Ron Amundson on January 20th, 2011

I came across the following article entitled To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test, and went egads, this is new ??? To me, one could pretty much take the experiment as presented and predict the outcome based upon the FOI. They outcomes observed are not mind blowing in the least, at least not […]

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Ron Amundson on January 8th, 2011

Shorts, the box the airplane came in. The biggest fear of every Shorts crew is crashing in a trailer park, as the wreckage would never be found. The Shorts flies by vacuum (it’s so ugly that the air is repulsed and gets out of the way) I gotta admit though… always thought the whole corrugated […]

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Ron Amundson on July 18th, 2009

I was reading Bob Miller’s newsletter, and I about had a bird over inadequate training…. I am hoping this is an abnormality, but I fear it isnt. From Bob’s newsletter. A CFI who recently graduated from a well-known four-year aviation college in the Northeast United States came into my office recently inquiring about a job […]

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Ron Amundson on July 15th, 2009

Its funny looking back, how aviation tended to level out social demographics. The funniest I ever experienced was the dialog between a F100 A level exec and a auto mechanic. At the airport, both tended to wear biker attire, and flew similar airplanes, and often chat with one another. During the workweek, each had dramatically […]

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Ron Amundson on June 21st, 2009

When I sign off on an 8710, I’m stating that the student has the required pilot skill, and the judgment necessary to safely exercise the privileges granted by the certificate/rating he is going to be tested for. The DPE, or FAA inspector, just serves as a small cross check to see if I’ve done my job […]

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Ron Amundson on March 31st, 2007

This is something students always bring up sooner or later. They hate the idea of renting without building any equity. Yet, as we all know, the fixed costs are often times the real killer when it comes to private aircraft ownership. Years back, when I was doing the mechanic thing, we had a Baron we […]

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