CJ-6A, on 14 March 2011 - 08:43 PM, said:
Smokey, what specific reasons do the prior flight time students generally wash out over?
The post above me pretty well sums it up. Attitude and a willingness to learn a new way of flying. Sure some types of civilian flying has a mission to accomplish. That being said, GA flying isn't about a "mission mindset." It isn't something that even comes to mind. Takeoff, kind of fly over there, kind of do all the maneuvers, come home do all the patterns. Sure, there is a civilian PTS standard to operate in just like a syllabus CTS. The difference is it just isn't the fact you stalled and recovered or landed from some type of pattern.
The difference is I'm training you, UPT will, RTU will, etc., to EMPLOY the aircraft towards accomplishment of mission objectives. That means that, especially in a controlled training environment, that you perform the maneuver by the numbers and as written in plan language. No you're not a robot. However, without external factors requiring modification to the baseline, I want maneuver X performed as intended.
Case in point, flying one of the first few rides (first ride with me as well) in the program with a PPL student. Flew a horrendous pattern relative to what we want at one of our aux-fields. No one was in the pattern so I let him just fly it. 1 mile final, square turns to final, etc....not what we do. He did an absolutely beautiful landing and even commented on that fact on the touch and go. Took the airplane for the next pattern and said, yeah great touch down, sadly how you got there was unsatisfactory! Now, let me show you how it is supposed to be done.
Going back about 3 decades, had a stud come to the T-38 from Tweets. CFI prior to UPT. Did only average in Tweets to be honest. Wasn't a team player. Didn't try to work, chair fly, etc., with his buds having issues in that phase. The Tweet didn't really challenge him and he coasted along. Now, let's speed up the world a bit and do so in an aircraft with totally different flying characteristics than he had seen before. Guess what, ate his lunch, couldn't adapt, non of his classmates really offered any help, and he ended up washing out pre-solo in the 38.
You are demonstrating you can learn to employ the aircraft in a consistent fashion so that when I hand you the keys to an operational aircraft you can put it in weapons delivery parameters to make the weapon effective, not just a dropped a bomb or shot a gun, I don't care if it actually worked because I wasn't in the WEZ. Or, putting your C-17 in parameter for an airdrop. Or,..... Yes, in operational flying you have to go "outside the lines" quite often. You get back in as soon as possible because it provides the highest potential to accomplish your mission.
So is how you fly your pattern or set up your stall important...absolutely!
Also, you better do it by the book in an RSU controlled pattern when 10 aircraft are playing on the same runway at the same time. One guy can screw it up for everyone by "freestyle" flying.