Hey guys, think it’s been a few months since I checked in.
I’m currently instructing for ATP at the Atlanta-FFC training center. About to start my 3rd month of instructing, first month was slow with the holidays, second month was a good bit busier, and now I’m about to have my 4th student and should start churning a lot of hours out! There’s definitely been a learning curve transitioning from student to teacher, and I’ve been amazed at how much I’ve learned these past few months. Being an instructor has really made me become a better pilot, you’ve got to have that “subject matter expertise” to be a good teacher. There ain’t no slacking off and brushing questions aside, now I get to go and review and study those things that I never did or had time to learn. (oh and if anyone knows how to teach the flare and crosswind landings in some effective/timely way I’m all ears haha!)
ATP is doing great right now, more students than they can handle it would seem. But with that comes an airplane shortage (we have about 10 students sharing 2 archers, with 2 more students starting in a few weeks) which leads to a bunch of stressing out trying to schedule everything and see when airplane is available etc. When they said that instructors need good management skills in CFI school, I didn’t think they were serious!
I’m getting paid to build flight hours, moving towards an airline (or whatever route I want to pick), in about the best time to be in the aviation industry…I cannot complain about anything for a second!