“The Savvy Flight Instructor”

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The Savvy Flight Instructor
Secrets of the Successful CFI

by Gregory N. Brown

You’ve mastered the Flight Training Handbook, and wrapped up one of the toughest orals of your flying career. You can now fly and talk at the same time, all from the right seat. You can write lesson plans, enter mysterious endorsements in student logbooks, and actually explain the finer points of a lazy eight. That’s everything you’ll ever need to know to be a flight instructor… No more questions, right?

Yeah, right! If you’re a little apprehensive about where those students are going to come from, and how you are going to teach them, you’re not alone. The Savvy Flight Instructor is designed to help out with all those “other” flight instructing questions, like how to recruit new flight students. And once you’ve got ‘em, how do you keep them flying? How can you optimize your pass rate on checkrides? What are the tricks for getting students to return for their advanced ratings?

Along with tips on how to attract and retain flight students, this book is about professionalism in flight instructing: how to advance your personal flying career by increasing the skills and satisfaction of your students, while promoting general aviation at the same time.

Reviewer comments:

“If you want to know how to be a successful CFI, read this book. I am going to make it required reading for every instructor we hire…” Warren Smith, Flight Training Manager, FlightStar Corp

“Outstanding! I firmly believe that if you read this book and apply only a few of the techniques mentioned, you could easily double or triple your business. This should be mandatory reading for all flight school managers… and for an independent CFI this book is worth its weight in gold!” Steve Lofgren, National Air Transportation Association

“…a great primer for… CFIs as to how the game is played and how to win… how to attract students, how to teach ‘em, and how to keep ‘em. If CFIs follow the advice in this book, they will be successful… Every CFI ought to read it!” Flight Training magazine

Published by ASA (Aviation Supplies and Academics, Inc.)

Price: $19.95 Order Now from the publisher

Download Kindle ebook or download iBook from iTunes.

11 Responses to ““The Savvy Flight Instructor””

  1. [...] For more checkride tips, see Greg’s book, The Savvy Flight Instructor. [...]

  2. Hi Greg. Just wanted to drop a note and let you know that I am going to start teaching again. After about a year and half worth of unwanted vacation. And I am looking forward to going over the Savvy Flight Instructor Handbook again to refresh my marketing skills.

    • paperjet Says:

      Congratulations, Prince! That is very cool news! I didn’t realize you had been out of instructing that long. A new venture? Or with an established company? Fill me in! Greg

  3. [...] That being said, I can recommend a few excellent reference books for teaching given maneuvers or subjects. The Flight Instructor’s Manual, by the legendary Bill Kershner, is a must-have reference that answers most any flight-training question that will ever come up. Another great reference is Instructional Methods for Flight Instructors, by Gordon Henrie. And if you can find a copy, Edwin Quinlan’s The Flight Instructor’s Lesson Plan Handbook (currently out of print) offers pre-developed lesson plans for every maneuver. For specific tips on passing your CFI practical test, and subsequent guidance on building your upcoming flight training business, consider my own book, The Savvy Flight Instructor. [...]

  4. [...] learn more about accelerating your training progress, see Greg’s books, The Savvy Flight Instructor and Job Hunting for Pilots. ©2009 Gregory N. [...]

  5. G’day Greg,

    If I were to summarise your excellent little book it would be: ‘Tips on how to enjoy being a flight instructor, make money at the same time and NOT rush to the airlines, having left a trail of destruction along the way’.

    I manage a small country flying school in Australia that uses the J-160 and J-230 Jabiru LSA’s in its cost-effective internship program, for high school students preparing to enroll at university-level airline flight training.

    Your book has helped in the development and marketing of our services. The topics and strategies discussed, when applied carefully, did help to increase business growth, despite the global financial crisis. Remarkable, given that flight training is based so much on the discretionary income of the individual.

    I recommend that chief flight instructors/operations managers read this book, think laterally, and apply its principles.

    Brgds,

    Manny Peralta
    CFI
    Inbound Aviation
    Ballarat, Victoria
    AUSTRALIA

  6. [...] Hey! My popular book THE SAVVY FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR: Secrets of the Successful CFI, has just been released for [...]

  7. Hey Greg,

    When I do eventually get to the US, we’re definitely going to catch up.

    Cheers on the book,

    FN

  8. [...] was a short note to let me know that his excellent book, The Savvy Flight Instructor: Secrets for the Successful CFI was now available on Kindle. Happy for my friend, I immediately started kicking myself because his [...]

  9. Hi Folks,

    I am happy to report that following an extremely frustrating hiatus, The Savvy Flight Instructor has finally reappeared for Kindle with a new amazon download address.

    Hopefully this will assist and motivate a whole new generation of CFIs to better serve their clients in completing pilot training to certification, and in the process, to better market G.A. to new pilots.

    To all who previously attempted to order without success, thank you for your patience!

    Sincerely,
    Greg

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