Off Script Instructors
Global Aviator|February 2021
We all have that yearly, sometimes twice yearly, check with an instructor. Be it a PPL renewal or a more sophisticated professional license with instrument rating review. It’s a process we must all endure to stay proficient and within the standards required.
Richard Browne

I am all for it. I think given the dangers that lurk in the aviation sector and the risks of encountering the aptitude versus wealth brigades, we should all be checked in a proper manner. Anything that doesn’t look right needs to be addressed and ironed out. A decent instructor or examiner will get this done.

However, when an instructor decides they’ll go off script for reasons unbeknown to us is when I get a little shirty. It’s just not warranted nor fair on the student and nor is it realistic. I’ve heard all the arguments for it, aviation is unpredictable etc, thereby justifying five emergencies just in the circuit, chuck in a runway incursion and go around and you’ve successfully destroyed the student and their confidence. Instructors like this should be removed from their office and stripped of their credentials. This is neither realistic nor applicable in today’s age of the modern airliner and respectable maintenance.

For example, I was recently scheduled to do a simulator session in the Jumbo for landing recently as I had been off for an extended period. In our training environment there are profiles that are planned and published for all to see, detailing what the session is about, what they’re trying to achieve and the lessons thereof. It’s a great system and once all the annual profiles have been flown, a full and thorough recurrent training curriculum has been experienced and a flight check completed to once again give you another years qualification.

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