Colin Henry: CFI Building Time

Pilot to Pilot podcast episode 31 featuring Colin Henry: CFI Building Time.

What is going on avination and welcome to the Pilot to Pilot podcast. This is the first episode of 2018 and I can’t wait to share it with you all. Colin is a current CFI in California building his time before he figures out what his next move is.

In this episode we talk about.

  • How Colin didn’t love flying when he was younger.
  • How he slowly warmed up to flying and became a sim geek.
  • How a TBM was Colin’s first plane to fly.
  • How martial arts helped Colin realize his love for teaching.
  • Why Colin chose to go to Florida instead of doing his training in California.
  • How long it took Colin to get his ratings.
  • How it is easy to get rusty at certain maneuvers if you don’t practice them all the time.
  • Why he chose to be a CFI at a part 61 school instead of part 141.
  • Why it is important to recognize how you learn.
  • Why it is important to find a good balance between flying in weather and saying no to flying.
  • What was Colin’s training like?
  • Why he failed his multi-engine check ride.
  • What is the one thing that gets students in trouble with their check ride?
  • If you are afraid of stalls you shouldn’t use that as an excuse to stop practicing them.
  • Why Colin still doesn’t like doing stalls.
  • Scariest stories from being a CFI.
  • Why it is important to stay coordinated in stalls!
  • What it is like soloing a student.
  • What does it feel like to sign off a student.
  • What Colin’s favorite part of being a CFI.
  • What Colin’s least favorite part of being a CFI is.
  • Colin talks about an engine failure.
  • Why Colin’s goals are for his career.
  • How you can’t count on money in this industry.

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