“Pilot Smarts” (From #SnF22)!

Thanks to all that visited the SAFE booth at #SnF22, it is wonderful to connect again and put faces with the contacts we have developed online. It is also wonderful to present forums at the show and see so many passionate learners trolling the high school eagerly gleaning new ideas and techniques. We know “passionate learners” (FAA WINGS anyone?) are safer pilots – try the basic aerodynamics quiz (and course).


These six questions are from my “Advice From the Right Seat” Forum (thanks to all of you who were able to attend). I find that asking questions is one of the best ways to generate cognitive dissonance (mental confusion) that inspires learning. A person comfortable with their own worldview (and pilots are often “super confident in their worldview) is closed to input and learning. Of course, after the presentation, I had to defend my views also with a few PhDs and aerodynamic engineers, so I learned some things too! Try this quiz and I will give you my answers next weekend in the blog. These are derived from similar questions “spin doctor” Rich Stowell has asked in presentations for years. If you are a CFI, inspire some deep thought in your educating. Understanding the basic physics of flight (see AOPA course Essential Aerodynamics) is critical to safe flight. Enjoy the spring weather and fly safely out there (and often)!

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Author: David St. George

SAFE Director, Master CFI (12X), FAA DPE, ATP (ME/SE) Currently jet charter captain.

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