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Flight Instructor Interview

Old 22nd Oct 2014, 19:14
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Hello everyone

I have an interview next week, for a Flight instructor job.
I have a CPL/ME/IR but don't have the FI rating yet. It will be offered by the FTO.

I will have to give a briefing on stalls, circuit and practice forced landing on an aircraft type that I'm current on and then 1 hour in an FNPTII DA42.

I'm looking for advice, what can I impress with?
What makes a good instructor.

Thanks in advance.

FYI I'm only 19 years old, I hope this won't be a problem. I'll probably be teaching students my age or older.
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Old 22nd Oct 2014, 19:50
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how to impress:

show up at least 15 minutes early.

wear a necktie (clip on is actually better in case it gets caught in something)

be clean, shaven, taken a shower ...NO cologne or aftershave lotion.

ASSUME you will be given an engine failure scenario on the first takeoff.

have current charts. make xerox copies of all of your licenses/medicals etc. offer the copies to the interviewer (have your orginals with you for examination).


have a weather briefing for local flying work prior to showing up .

be upbeat, use "SIR" or other respectful forms of address, not YOU GUYS or whatever Belgium slang there is.

WATCH OUT FOR LITTLE things like doors not shut properly , seat belts, etc.
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Old 22nd Oct 2014, 19:59
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In Europe we wouldn't use Sir is doesn't sound right.
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Old 22nd Oct 2014, 20:57
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And are you paying anything for this? Or are they letting you go along for free, and not charge for the sim?
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Old 22nd Oct 2014, 21:42
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Thanks already. I'm working on it.

The interview is free, I think the training, which woulf start in 2 weeks, is self funded.. Not sure although.
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Old 22nd Oct 2014, 22:01
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If your not an fi yet it maybe worth finding one to go through briefs with you.
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Old 22nd Oct 2014, 23:48
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dear mad jock


ok, what do you call someone in lieu of "SIR". And not a knight.

eg: in the USA: pardon me sir, do you know how to get to carneige hall?

Yes, Practice.
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Old 23rd Oct 2014, 08:08
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We don't. It's just not a British way of addressing someone. We use Sir mostly when answering the judge.....

Two great countries divided by a single language!
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Old 23rd Oct 2014, 10:09
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"Hello, I wonder if you could help, would you be so kind as to direct me to carneige hall please?"

If you say pardon me they will think you have just farted.
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Old 23rd Oct 2014, 17:15
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"Whaur the feckz Carneige Hall ya bampot?"

Don't worry too much. Remember the basics, ie Trevor Thom 1 etc.
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Old 23rd Oct 2014, 17:36
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that only works further north in the UK
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Old 24th Oct 2014, 20:52
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Make sure you look decent! Seen two guys turn up at my place recently with filthy shoes and unironed, stained shirts! Not good
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Old 25th Oct 2014, 19:30
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show up at least 15 minutes early.
Show up ON time!!
Arriving early is just as irritating as somebody thats arriving late.
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Old 25th Oct 2014, 19:33
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Agree with Ggw.

But that's not to say that you don't go early and sit just out of view and then walk up as the appointed time arrives.
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Old 26th Oct 2014, 01:11
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Thanks everyone for the help!
I'll certainly be early and just walk in at the time of appointment.

I'll have to do a briefing on Circuits, Stalls or Practice Landing and I have already made one of these presentations.

It's made in Keynote but exported as a PPT and PDF so everyone can view it.
What do you think? More info, less info?

Link is here , thanks

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hc8eukv4m...r1GW41YWa?dl=0
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Old 26th Oct 2014, 06:21
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This is my first post on this board, but I think I can offer some suggestions for your presentation.

First, you might want to think about the overall format of your presentation and tailor it to your expected audience's experience level (or simulated experience level, who is your audience?) For example, your first order of business shouldn't dive right into what a circuit is (traffic pattern over here in the US). Start with some kind of introduction, I usually try to answer the question, "Why do I need to know this?" Spend a little time introducing them to the subject, tell them what they'll be learning about and why they should care about it. Take a minute at the end and reemphasize the important points to conclude the presentation.

Explain terms where necessary. For example, don't assume that a student knows what demonstrated cross-wind means. Explain that this isn't necessarily a limitation, but just what was actually demonstrated. Relate it to personal pilot ability.

Don't try to explain everything in one briefing. Go-arounds and wake-turbulence both deserve more attention than you are giving them here, so might be best to just briefly touch on them but mention that you would give them more attention in another briefing.

How far out do you want to be from the runway on downwind? How do you know you are the correct distance?

You may find it helpful to practice in front of a mirror, or enlist some friends. Recording yourself is also very helpful, you may discover that you say "Ummm" a lot, or something of that nature.

Whatever you do, DON'T JUST READ YOUR POWERPOINT SLIDES!!!!! Your audience can read, and it is VERY BORING to sit through a presentation where someone is just reading slides to you.
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Old 26th Oct 2014, 09:45
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Lesson number, lesson title, aim, TEM would also benefit it.
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Old 26th Oct 2014, 11:02
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TEM stands for threat and error management for those who are new to the audience
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Old 26th Oct 2014, 11:16
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Not bad but Bose has already said about titles etc. I only saw LOOKOUT mentioned on joining the circuit. What about when you are actually in it!
Just a thought..........
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Old 26th Oct 2014, 11:42
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As you have yet to do the FI course, I would suggest the requested talks are not so much to see if you can teach the exercises, which will be shown to you during the course, but more to see how you can prepare and present a subject. How you interact with the "student" and how you will answer questions after the brief. They are assessing you as a potential FI not as a qualified one!

Just my opinion.
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