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Two years ago, I wrote 2 articles in this series: Introduction to Flight Profiles and Improving Safety Using Flight Profiles. During these past two years, I've come to a new kind of thinking about integrating this into the required (dual) IFR and Commercial cross country flights. We're really missing the boat when it comes to teaching our students during these two learning experiences. The most obvious missing piece is that we do not really teach phases of flight. Sure we teach checklists and students learn what triggers a checklist. But we don't teach specific skills and events by phase of flight. Instead we teach whatever comes to our mind and whatever happens to come up during the flight.
For the IFR cross country this instructional tactic is important because we're trying to impart structure to the student. Afterall, isn't the entire IFR system based on rigid structure and procedure? Then why aren't we teaching these discrete skills and events within the structure of Phases of Flight? For the commercial cross country requirements, a student obviously wants to earn a living by flying so we should expose them to the rigors of structured flight. The airlines have been doing it this way for years. We should be exposing our commercial students to it as well.
How do we do this? Over the last two articles in this series, I'll break out specific learning objectives by phase of flight. You'll be able to use this as a checklist to plan and complete your lesson plan.
Obvious note: all skills are within PTS standards, +/-50 feet, +/-10 degrees heading, standard rate climbs & turns, proper crosswind control takeoff & landing and course tracking, complies with all clearances, complies with FAR/AIM, verbalizes checklists or they're assumed not completed, and completes all maneuvers smoothly, safely, and in a stabilized manner. After all, the student should be ready for his checkride.
After Flight Review