Qualified Instructor FAQ's
- If you are a gyroplane instructor, you know that more and more pilots want to become instructors. Whilst you have developed experience in instructing, without a rigorous training program for new instructors it is highly likely that the overall quality of gyroplane instruction will decline, more accidents will happen, and that affects the reputation of us all. Standardisation provides a bar that new instructors will be required to reach.
- When you join, you are helping set that bar. You are helping define Best Practice and if you are using the Best Practice techniques it adds your credibility to the process and that makes it more imperative that new instructors have to reach the desired standard.
- In addition, participating in the standardisation of gyroplane training project will enable you to teach others outside your own country as you will be teaching to a recognised International standard. There are lots of projects around the world (e.g. in new markets) that are too big for individuals working alone. Working in teams, in a structured and consistent way, will be essential to the success of such projects. It will also be much more enjoyable.
The regulator may specify a 'high level' list of skills that have to be taught, a training syllabus, a minimum number of training hours and specific objectives that must be achieved before a pilot's licence can be issued. The IAPGT processes are cross referenced and integrated into this regulation.
- The Best Practice definitions provide a more detailed definition of how these can be achieved. In regulation terms, we are providing an Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) to the regulators specification.
- The Standard Lesson Structure is cross referenced to the training syllabus in many countries and, if you are training in a country that does not currently have a cross reference, please send it to us and we will create one.
- The toolkit in the Gyropedia will print out the pilots training records and the pilots logbook using the numbering system appropriate to the country in which you are doing your training. As you are presenting everything in the Regulator's format, there is no change required in the regulation.
We are very happy to work with you and your regulator to explain how the training material, and our processes substantiate the regulation.
- Absolutely NOT!
- Standardisation is simply about consistent teaching across countries and instructors. If there are many different techniques, it is about selecting a common technique.
- We ask an instructor to go though the Best Practice list and tick off the techniques that they are currently using. Normally this is about 70%-80%
- For the other 20%-30% we ask the intructor to explain what they are doing differently. In many instances, we actually refine the Best Practice definition to incorporate their technique. That way everyone develops.
- Step 1 : Register on this website
- Step 2 : In the Gyropedia, Student Records section invite a student
- Step 3 : The next time you fly with the student, Book out a flight in the Gyropedia and select the default Assessment Criteria
- Step 4 : After the flight, tick the skills that you have taught the student and, if they are competent at a skill then tick the "Competent" box
- Through time, you will examine in detail each of the skills as you teach them and this is when you will understand if you are current teaching the defined technique or another technique.
- Typically, you will have covered all the skills over a 3-month period, and you wont feel as if you have had any extra work to do aborbing the process. It happens naturally.
- If you need help at any time with understanding the process or using the software then please request a 1-to-1 Skype call. There will be no charge for these types of call.