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Joe Echo-Hawk CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI, A&P

My Approach to Flight Instruction

Flight training should be, among other things, fun, safe, and an experience that prepares pilots with a good foundation for flying. My approach to teaching is something that I try to individualize as much as possible, while still ensuring that no gaps are being left in the topics covered and overall flight education that a person receives.

My flight training is not conducted how many large flight schools conduct training, however, I have all the necessary tools at my disposal to educate everyone from the fair weather hobby pilot to the aspiring airline pilot. With the second largest airplane rental fleet in the Portland, Oregon area, including a simulator, tail wheel airplane, and multi-engine airplane, the flight training experience can be a complete one.

Training Sessions

Typical flight training sessions fit in a two hour time block, with approximately 1:15-1:30 hrs being spent in the airplane. This is normal for private through CFII. Certain flights take more time by nature, such as cross-country flights, (flights more than 50nm in distance) but those are not the majority of your flight training. I have found that sessions lasting more than 1.5 hrs in the plane, or 2 hours of ground time, tend to overwhelm what a person can absorb and it is best to break up sessions either with a break or a different day entirely.

Ground School

Ground school can come in a few forms. The topics covered on the ground can be both one-on-one instruction or in a group setting of 2 or more people. If someone happens to be a particularly self-motivated learner and can study materials on their own, much of the studying can be accomplished on your own, and we would meet up together to ensure that proficiency on topics is achieved. One-on-one sessions tend to be the most flexible for schedules, but may cost a bit more than group ground schools. The basic idea is that I have a list of topics for the license being sought that a pilot must be proficient on, and I ensure that someone is up to the proper level of understanding before they are sent to take their test. How that individual approaches learning what is necessary can be flexible to fit their particular situation or needs.

My Approach & Goals

My approach to how I actually teach someone will vary from person to person. I benefit as an instructor after the first handful of sessions with someone new because I start to get some idea of how that individual learns best. I make it my goal to determine what works well and what does not work well with someone when it comes to the best way to convey the information and knowledge I must make sure they understand. One of the greatest enjoyments I get with my job is seeing when the light bulb goes on for someone and they start to understand how to land, or navigate, or communicate on the radio, or ... etc. If someone is not quite figuring something out, it often has to do with the approach I have taken and means I need to try something different.

I do not like to pressure people into situations that are not safe or wise positions to be placed in. I do not yell in the cockpit... unless my headset quits working. I do not expect someone to handle situations by themself that are over their experience level. If I take a person into a situation that is over their head experience-wise, I plan on either assisting or demonstrating throughout the situation as a way of educating and exposing them to some beneficial and crucial knowledge.

Living in the Pacific-Northwest has the element of a lot of varying weather, not all of it ideal for flying. However, this is one of the best opportunities for learning. Weather knowledge is crucial to flying, and no matter what rating or license someone is working on, the decision process is invaluable while learning to fly in rainy, cloudy, windy, or sunny, Pacific-Northwest weather. After a certain experience level is gained, I expect future private pilots to assist me in crosswind landings, or navigating around rain showers, or taking a look at the weather when it is tempting to go, but ultimately not worth it. I fully plan on taking instrument-pilots-in-training in actual IMC conditions when they exist and are favorable for IFR flights. There is nothing like the real thing for learning. I ultimately see myself here as an instructor to assist in decision making when someone lacks the necessary experience, and to expose someone to the next level of their flying proficiency. Above all of that, I aim to make the flight training experience safe and well rounded so that a pilot is knowledgeable in the situations they will be faced with on their own.

What I Expect of My Clients

I expect clients to be dedicated and understand that flight training is both a challenge and a commitment and that you will not be a pilot overnight. The process of flight training should be fun however, so it's ok that it doesn't happen all at once. I have years of memories related to flying and am still learning new aspects every time I go up.

Once someone has committed to learning to fly, I ask a few things of them. Please work at it, whether that means reading the books, or writing down questions to ask at our sessions, or showing up a few minutes early so that you are mentally and physically prepared. I also ask that folks understand that this is what I do professionally for a living, and even though it is what I love doing, it also pays my bills. I have to watch my time for a few reasons, but with a few very understandable and reasonable exceptions, habitual short term cancellations and late starts are frowned upon, and will cost you money.

 

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If you are interested in flying out of the Portland-Hillsboro Airport or Twin Oaks Airpark, please contact me directly at:

Joe Echo-Hawk || 503.852.1226 || joe@touch-n-goes.com || My Blog

I hold the following licenses, ratings, and endorsements:

• Commercial Pilot License Single & Multi-Engine Land, Single Engine Seaplane (Floatplane)

• Instrument Rated

• Certified Flight Instructor

• Certified Seaplane (Floatplane) Instructor

• Instrument Flight Instructor

• Multi-Engine Flight Instructor

• Advanced Ground Instructor

• Instrument Ground Instructor

• Licensed Airframe Mechanic

• Licensed Powerplant Mechanic

• High Performance/Complex Aircraft Endorsement

• High Altitude Operations Endorsed

• Tailwheel Endorsement

National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI)

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