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As a follow-up to my first comment, every instructor teaches different "flows" for each procedure, and tends to get annoyed when the student faithfully uses the flow pattern taught by their previous instructor!
I'd also recommend that every pilot get a glider rating. It does wonders for stick-and-rudder skills, weather awareness, and greatly increases skill and confidence at forced landings off-airport.
Hello Max! As someone who's had quite a few different instructors (including yourself!) in multiple countries, I'd like to see more standardization in what's considered best practice between instructors and countries. This is particularly important at the PPL training level, when a student pilot doesn't know what advice is good or bad. It's less important for more advanced training, because by that time the student can decide for themselves. As an example, I was taught in the USA to keep tight traffic patterns so that if I had an engine failure on downwind I'd be able to make the runway. In the UK I was criticized for this, and was told to keep the traffic pattern wide to allow enough time on base to be sure that no aircraft making a straight-in approach was conflicting. In the USA I was told to leave pattern altitude abeam the threshold, the UK I was told to leave pattern altiude as soon as I had turned base!
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Apr 25, 2011