Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:29 pm
Having started the previous thread on this topic, I've not got the will to try to add anything more to the 'how else to do it' debate; valid debate as that is.
However, as an instructor, I actually enjoy providing the '1 hour' to pilots. Its quite satisfying to gently prod a slightly nervous or ham-fisted pilot into doing things better, to show them that they can be a more proficient pilot. Maybe even inspire them to aim higher?
Many of the pilots I fly with never, of their own volition, practice S&L stalls, turning stalls, PFLs, EFATO, non-GPS navigation, glide approachs, cross-wind operations, wheeler landings (taildraggers). Some do all of this, and more, on their own anyhow.
So, is the current system of any use at all?
To me? Yes, as I enjoy it.
To the pilots? Hopefully. They at least get told "your doing things very nicely indeed" which we all like to hear, or they get some instruction and demonstration on how to do things better, and some of these (most actually) seem to take some of that on board.
I'd suggest 'better than nowt', as some Northern git once said.