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