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It's been a while!

Howdy y’all!

Figured it was time to check in, since I’m now 6 months out from finishing the program. I’ve been instructing out of Tacoma, WA (TIW) since February, and as of last week have had 2 students pass checkrides (one commercial, one instrument), and move along in the program. My third student is in the Private phase, and we’re planning on his solos this weekend.

Just wanted to check in, and give a look at we’re up to in the Pacific Northwest!
-Bennett

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Hey Bennett,

Thanks for checking in. Far too often people come on prior to the program with questions, give us status reports during training, but then disappear into the ether. Good to hear you’re doing well, building you time and honing your skills. Sounds like your timing might be perfect as the Regionals have begun accepting applications again.

Thanks again and keep us posted!

Adam

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Bennett,

Thank you for checking back in with us and letting us know how you are doing. It is great to hear from people like yourself that have been successful and are well on their way to accomplishing their dreams. Please continue to check back in with us.

Chris

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Hey Bennett!

Hello from the other side of the Sound! I haven’t flown into TIW personally, but I can imagine the approaches over the water are spectacular. You couldn’t ask for better weather this week too.

2 for 2! Your first private student is typically the student that really tests your abilities as a CFI. The questions a student pilot asks will surprise you and the things they struggle with will challenge you for the better.

Best of luck,

Tory

Hey, it’s me, checking in again. Facebook reminded me that 1 year ago today, I passed my Multi-Engine Instructor checkride and officially finished the program. Feb 17, 2020 to Oct 2, 2020 (You’ll notice, less than 9 months… It’s possible!).

Since then (after a slight delay in hiring due to Covid), I’ve flown 310 hours, signed off 7 students (5 first-time passes), and taken on a Training Support position to help our instructors and students. I can’t wait to see where the next 12 months will take me!

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Nice work, Bennett! Good for you!

Tell me more about this Training Support position. I haven’t heard of it until now.

Tory

It’s a hybrid CFI position for smaller training centers like TIW and PAE.

A selection of what I get to do during my week:

  • Fly, sim, and teach ground with my students!
  • Coordinate with local examiners to find availability and schedule checkrides.
  • Welcome prospective students and schedule their Introductory Flights.
  • Meet with new start students to make sure they hit the ground running.
  • Schedule and proctor FAA written exams.
  • And more!

Keeps me plenty busy… I can’t believe it’s October already!

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Bennett,
Wow good for you! You’ve really taken on a lot but sounds like you’re thriving! The TSS position sounds like some of the lead instructor duties. Do you have a separate lead position or do you take on that role doing eval flights as well? Just curious… either way, that’s great resume building experience. Plus it’s great to get more involved with your position at ATP! You learn a lot.
-Hannah

Bennett,

I agree with Hannah. This is a great opportunity for you and I am glad to see you step up to take on the responsibilities.

Tory

We actually have two lead instructors here, so I mostly pick up the eval flights that their schedules won’t cover, as well any flights that line instructors need covered. As TIW grows, I’ll be taking more eval flights and mock checkrides as well!

Awesome! Well congratulations on being selected for that leadership role. Those eval flights push your CFI experience to the next level. Please continue to keep us updated on your journey!
-Hannah

Bennett,

Thank you for checking back in with us, time sure does fly. I am glad to hear that you are building time and taking on additional responsibilities at the company. Keep up the good work.

Chris