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IMFI Foreword
During my flying career I always have been totally happy and proud just being a pilot. I think that's what being a pilot is all about, however, somewhere in a career, your flying experience and know-how could be used in another position where you can help others accomplish their flying tasks more efficiently, or gain experience and knowledge through your guidance. In our system we normally function as flight instructors first and this may be a little backwards. I perceive flight instructors to be in a very important position where they should be conscious of the effect they are having on aspiring pilots and ultimately, the entire industry. As I progressed day to day and year to year, I often was amazed at how long it took me to learn certain things. As a matter of fact, I believe I have learned more in the past ten years than all the other years put together. In thinking about this delayed learning, I decided it was because I had to learn many of the basics over, and correct them by myself. I did this as I watched other more capable pilots and solved problems on my own. We sometimes call this "trial and error" or "learning by experience." It works but it is slow and often ends in disaster. While functioning as an FAA designated flight examiner, I also have remained active as an instructor. When I see a weakness showing up in check flights, I concentrate on that area in my instructing. Over the years I became aware of areas that are either not understood or are just not taught. This book is written in hopes that it may help instructors, especially those just beginning their careers, to give their students the very best foundation and training possible. It is really astounding to me how much I have learned researching, thinking, evaluating, and then teaching different techniques and principles while trying to put this book together. There is no book that contains all there is to know about flying. There is no pilot who knows all there is to know, or needs to be known, about flying to meet all challenges. Through a half-century of flying and association with other pilots, and 21-plus years as a flight examiner viewing the performance of hundreds of instructors and their students, I have sampled information from almost all of the books and a great many of the experiences of flying. I do not claim authorship for all of the techniques and procedures in this book. At some point in time, I have learned most of them from other instructors or students and from various schools and operations that I have been associated with. For most of these I do not even remember the circumstances where I came across them, but in those that I do remember, I give credit to those I learned from. I wish I could remember everyone, but my records are far too incomplete. This book is not meant to be a single source for flight training. All of the FAA instructional sources and tests are most certainly required. All of that information is the basis, and foundation, for the thought processes intended to be presented, and exercised, with the techniques presented in this book.