In­struct­ing dreams

Pilot - - PITTS MODEL 12: PART TWO -

I have en­joyed read­ing many of Pat Malone’s ar­ti­cles in re­cent years but par­tic­u­larly the one in the Spring 2019 edi­tion, ‘For­get in­struct­ing un­der EASA rules’. It took me back to a sit­u­a­tion I found my­self in just over twenty years ago, even though EASA rules, as such, did not ap­ply in those days.

At that time I had a to­tal of over 300 hours, an IMC and Night Rat­ing, and had over ten years’ ex­pe­ri­ence as a science and maths lec­turer. (I had been teach­ing what they now call STEM sub­jects at a College of Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion.) With my background in mind I thought I would start tak­ing steps to­wards be­com­ing a PPL in­struc­tor, and it was sug­gested that I should start by study­ing for and then sit­ting the CPL ground school ex­am­i­na­tions. At the time I was in my mid­for­ties and my class­mates were mostly about twenty years younger.

To cut a long story short, I passed ev­ery one of those fif­teen ex­ams but there were a good few re­sits along the way and the whole process took well over a year. I found it all tremen­dously in­ter­est­ing and chal­leng­ing but at its end I found my­self at rather a low ebb in terms of my fi­nances and so on, and I still had many more pay­ments to make on my mort­gage. I came to the con­clu­sion that I had prob­a­bly bit­ten off more than I could chew, so to speak, and de­cided to aban­don my ear­lier am­bi­tions of be­com­ing a fly­ing in­struc­tor.

I sub­se­quently re­turned to teach­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tive po­si­tions just to make ends meet, and also gave up fly­ing for many years, though I am

pleased to say that I have now man­aged to re­turn to it, al­beit with no plans for any­thing par­tic­u­larly am­bi­tious or ad­ven­tur­ous. Christo­pher Ke­able, Diss

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