DocRon Posted January 23, 2012 Report Share Posted January 23, 2012 While I didn't mean for this title to sound so provocative I mean it completely. I love our plane and want her to fly it independently as well, but not from the start. I spent my first 35 years of flying in aircraft with a mixture control and round instruments. It took me about 50 hours before I felt completely comfortable in the CTLS because of the glass panel, speed management, and for a lack of a better term, it lands different. Now that my wife is ready to start flying I told her that I really wanted her to start her training in a C-150/2 or a C-172. Her initial flight training will create habits and patterns that will stay with her forever (as they should.) I believe it is very important to initially learn to use a mixture control, navigate with VOR receivers, transmit and receive via the NAV/COM radios on VORs and VORTACs, and to fly with round instruments. In addition, these above mentioned aircraft are nearly ideal training aircraft for take-off and landing practice. Finally, they are capable of something our CTs are not: spin training. I'm well aware that spins and spin recovery are no longer required for a Sport Pilot or Private Pilot license. But I (nearly) insist that she experience and learn to deal with this manuver. Like me, perhaps you remember your first practice spin. I remember it as both frightening and hypnotic. By the third one I was comfortable with it and could recover in about one turn. I want her to know how to recover from a spin. It only takes one stall/spin on base turning final to kill you. I disagree with the government in removing that training from the curriculum. In a C-150 she can learn it. Ideally I think she should train in a C-150 for at least the first 100 hours of flight. After that time and degree of familiarity it would be time to begin transition to the CTLS...and start learning all over again. If she were to learn to fly in our CTLS and obtain her private license that way she could then walk over to a C-172 and fly away. As a scenario it might be a bit of a stretch, but as both planes are "Airplane: Single-engine Land" its perfectly legal, I believe. From the perspective of a new, low-time pilot I think this would be particularly dangerous. I say all this from a non-CFI perspective. I do have an Advanced Ground Instructor rating as well as my doctoral training in adult learning and Aviation & Space Education. But, I would appreciate hearing from experienced CFIs to either validate or challenge my perspective on this issue. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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