***INSTRUCTOR PILOT CLINICS***

30 Apr 2018 3:26 PM | Daren (Administrator)

New season, New pilots, New Instructors! 

Time to dust the rust off as 2018 Flying season in District 1 gets underway. 


This Blog is intended to be a “living” document where techniques, anecdotes and quality instruction information can be shared. Please share and check back often. 


***Instructor Pilot Clinics!***

We all know great pilots don’t always mean great instructors, right?


How about getting together area club: long time, brand new and those interested in instructing together at a host field to discuss techniques, setups, lessons learned, anecdotes and other beneficial information to share near and far so we can all do our best to train the next generation of model aviators?


Great pilots and great instructors are constantly learning and relearning to be the best they can to serve their students and get them up and away safely and quickly with a solid foundation and a full “tool box” to expand on themselves through productive practice with purpose. 


Please share this around and let’s try to pull off a few of these this year. 


Daren Hudson

District 1 AVP

Education Outreach 

Intro Pilot Instructor

Comments

  • 20 May 2018 10:41 PM | Daren (Administrator)
    A recent comment on a Horizon Hobby "Learn to Fly Yourself" post.

    A recent comment on a Horizon Hobby "Learn to Fly Yourself" post.

    https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=Horizon%20Hobby%20teach%20yourself%20how%20to%20fly

    " Guys just going to throw this out there. First, since picking up a Timber last year and a Maule a couple weeks ago my friends think I should be wearing a blue shirt! I try to convince the “traditional” modelers who claim Foam, ARF, Stabilization, DR/ Expo and SAFE are all some kind of voodoo that these are certainly not stick scratch and kit planes of yesteryear. What they are are great versatile “tools” to get more people into the hobby easier. They are wonderful all around fun airframes with some great technology and if you understand it and know how to use it best to teach, how to bind it with a designated switch vs always on for instance, knowing it is an auto leveler that needs to be over ridden with greater control inputs, etc you will be less likely to mock it and more likely to use it to intro and instruct.
    My conflict is with the “Teach Yourself” campaign and the message it sends that getting with a: Club, Instructor/ Mentor to stress the benefits of AMA membership, emphasize safety more than a manual can and the camaraderie of the modeling community is not a crucial step in the process. I’m working with other District officers trying to also educate the traditional instructors about the new technologies so they can be more informed and welcoming to them and see the advantages when used properly as not a crutch but a great assistance to help a student.
    I’m having a blast demonstrating with the Maule. Most pilots get a real charge out of an “auto landing” demo from 200’ hands off! Most fun you can have “not” Flying.
    Please help us help you and the hobby and promote more connection to clubs and instructors to help new people learn this great hobby.
    Thanks,
    Daren Hudson
    AMA District 1 AVP, Intro Pilot, Education, Outreach
    If you zoom in on this photo you’ll see this is a nice “auto” wheel landing of new Maule. SAFE helped a member having trouble with the flare “get it” in one attempt. His next with no SAFE was his first solo touchdown after weeks of “traditional” flying with other techniques!"

    " Guys just going to throw this out there. First, since picking up a Timber last year and a Maule a couple weeks ago my friends think I should be wearing a blue shirt! I try to convince the “traditional” modelers who claim Foam, ARF, Stabilization, DR/ Expo and SAFE are all some kind of voodoo that these are certainly not stick scratch and kit planes of yesteryear. What they are are great versatile “tools” to get more people into the hobby easier. They are wonderful all around fun airframes with some great technology and if you understand it and know how to use it best to teach, how to bind it with a designated switch vs always on for instance, knowing it is an auto leveler that needs to be over ridden with greater control inputs, etc you will be less likely to mock it and more likely to use it to intro and instruct.
    My conflict is with the “Teach Yourself” campaign and the message it sends that getting with a: Club, Instructor/ Mentor to stress the benefits of AMA membership, emphasize safety more than a manual can and the camaraderie of the modeling community is not a crucial step in the process. I’m working with other District officers trying to also educate the traditional instructors about the new technologies so they can be more informed and welcoming to them and see the advantages when used properly as not a crutch but a great assistance to help a student.
    I’m having a blast demonstrating with the Maule. Most pilots get a real charge out of an “auto landing” demo from 200’ hands off! Most fun you can have “not” Flying.
    Please help us help you and the hobby and promote more connection to clubs and instructors to help new people learn this great hobby.
    Thanks,
    Daren Hudson
    AMA District 1 AVP, Intro Pilot, Education, Outreach
    If you zoom in on this photo you’ll see this is a nice “auto” wheel landing of new Maule. SAFE helped a member having trouble with the flare “get it” in one attempt. His next with no SAFE was his first solo touchdown after weeks of “traditional” flying with other techniques!"
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