Will my instructor teach me all of the theory subjects?
MFT instructors are required to give you pre and post flight briefings which encapsulate specific details relevant to your flight, so there is a certain amount of theoretical knowledge gained by this process.
The CASA syllabus for training in theory subjects is comprehensive and accompanied by several books and so on. At MFT we choose to outsource this component of your training to another organisation which specialises in the delivery of theory subjects and achieves high pass rates in examinations by its students.
Does it matter if my Instructor wants to be an airline pilot?
No! Pilots who achieve the standards required for employment in the industry often do not have the minimum total flying hours required by commercial airline operators. Therefore it is necessary for them to gain hours by taking employment as a pilot in either small business (charter etc.) or as an Instructor. Being an Instructor is not “everyone’s cup of tea”, so those who do have a genuine interest in helping others achieve their goals, and that’s a good thing!
How much experience does my Instructor have?
The Instructor Rating is divided into three classes numbered 1 through 3, class 1 being the highest. An Instructors progression to a higher class is based on achieving at least the required number of flying instruction hours, and satisfactory reviews. Several hundreds of hours are involved!
However, Instructors often undertake other ratings and endorsements, fly recreationally, and participate in other flying activities. Consequently their total flying hours may be much greater as will be their overall experience.
Several of MFT’s Instructors have total flying hours in the thousands, some in the tens of thousands!
How does my Instructor stay up-to-date?
Instructors have to pass an Instructor Proficiency Check which is usually conducted every 24 months.
They are also subject to reviews by senior Instructors and the Chief Flying Instructor.
Finally, they are required to have a reasonable understanding of MFT’s Standard Operating Procedures, and review any operational documents that may be issued from time to time. Similarly, like all pilots, they must remain aware of all the regulatory documents issued by CASA, AirServices Australia, etc.
Is my Instructor qualified?
Your instructor has achieved his Commercial Pilots Licence and inevitably some endorsements and ratings along the way.
However your Instructor has also gained an Instructor Rating, which is not only an additional 50 hours of intense flight training, but includes critical assessment of their theoretical knowledge, and training in the Principles and Methods of Instruction (if an externally recognized training qualification is not held). A thorough assessment and flight test has to be successful to achieve the rating.