|Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on May 1, 2015 at 8:20 AM||comments (0)|
Next chapter meeting is only a week away. It has been a very busy month for me. I had one of the leading roles in the Red Carpet Commuity Theater production of "Our Town". It has been a great experience. I've gotten to know a lot more people who have called Elk City their home for most of their lives.
I just finished my bi-annual AOPA CFI renewal course. CFI's are required to do bi-annual renewal training if they haven't had a minimum of five pilot certificate applicant's successfully get a new pilot certificate. I've trained about 10 students in the past two years. A few had to finish training with someone else when I didn't have a training aircraft. However, I did have one student get his Private Pilot Certificate - way to go Clyde Hummer! Trust me, getting five in two years is a lot of training.
The good news about the CFI renewal training is that it keeps CFI's updated on important rule changes, safety issues, and new training resources that are available. I have to say that I really learned a lot and I'm glad I took the training. It really inspired me to be a better CFI. So I've decided that I'm going to get my Instrument rating current and go back and get my CFII back.
So what single thing most impressed me? TECHNOLOGY.
The future of aviation and aviation training is GLASS. Why? A glass cockpit is actually easier to use and safer than a panel full of round instruments. I didn't used to believe it because transitioning from "steam gauges" to glass is not easy the older you get. When you add auto-pilot to a glass panel flying becomes a lot safer. If you don't know how to use a G1000, buy Mircosoft Flight Simulator with the Glass Panel option and learn how to use it. Cheap training!
Soon you will see that all training aircraft will have AOA - Angle of Attack indicators to replace stall warning systems. That's a very good thing.
All aircraft that fly in class A, B, C, and E (above 10,000') will be required to have ADSB (Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast) by January 1, 2020. ADSB is already here practically speaking. Prices are coming down and systems are getting better especially for Experimental aircraft owners.
The other technology that is changing aviation is the internet and the availability of incredible resources that are available to pilots. One of my goals is to add as many valuable resources as possible to this website.
All of this has made me think that our chapter should be involved in sponsoring safety seminars. This is something I'll be looking into.