A Day in the Life of an L3 Airline Instructor
The beauty of being a Flight Instructor (CFI) is being able to learn from and grow with the eager-to-learn students who always bring new perspectives to the experience of flight. No one day is the same for a CFI, but each is sure to bring with it its share of adventure, challenges, and excitement. A genuine love for aviation and determination to provide expert training to their students keeps them motivated every day. Depending on the day, our CFIs can find themselves working on ground briefings, simulators, or up in the sky providing hands-on experience.
- Every day starts with an objective. This keeps both students and CFIs organized and driven as they strive for a central purpose. Each morning, an L3 CFI will meet with their students and check their flight plan to ensure that it is in line with the day’s objectives.
- Both students and instructors receive their daily schedule at precisely 1700 the day before their class. Most CFIs will take this time to review what is expected from them and their students for the following day and they can review their lessons beforehand.
- It’s no surprise that weather can have a huge impact on the training for that day. Not every form of inclement weather means that flight is put on hold, but students must have the proper training and level of experience before braving the elements. Therefore, it’s essential to check all weather reports for that day as early as possible and adjust flight lessons accordingly.
- Just as it’s important to have the right weather conditions, it’s vital that every part of the aircraft is checked and in order before beginning the flight. This includes but is not limited to checking fuel gauges, ensuring registration and all paperwork are in the cabin, and checking that all flaps, landing gear lockdown levers, and other flight controllers are prepared for smooth, normal function.
- Once up in the air, CFIs face the challenge of evaluating students’ performance and making sure the lesson and objective of the day is taught, while also being sure that all functions are being done safely. In these times safety is of utmost importance, however, students must also be allowed to make their own decisions and learn from their mistakes.
- Once the flight has been completed, students and CFIs meet to reevaluate the lesson learned and objectives set in the outset of the day. Instructors can determine if the lesson needs to be expounded upon in future classes or if they are ready to move on to new objectives. The CFI must be sure the student has a full understanding and valuable experience in the lesson before moving to the next lesson.
- As the cycle of lessons and flight trainings continues throughout the day, CFIs will face various challenges and triumphs. Different students, various equipment, and changing weather patterns mean no two days are the same.
- Organization is key to making sure students and teachers achieve their goals. Throughout the day CFIs ensure the students’ folders are in order and all appropriate paperwork is completed and filed.
L3 CFIs are expertly trained to prepare the next generation of pilots to take to the skies. Their jobs are truly unique and gratifying as they watch students take their careers to new heights. If you are interested in experiencing the exhilaration of flight, you can trust L3 Airline Academy to equip you for a life-changing future in aviation.