THE SSA INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
I’m back!! I just
could not stay away. This month I want
to talk about the SSA Instructor
Development Program. I want to tell
you where we are and where we want to go with the program. First let me tell you about what has already
happened. At the
year the first SSAI cross-country training camp was held in
I need your help in identifying those SSAIs who are actively teaching cross-country soaring, as they will be awarded a 100% SSA dues credit and be given the title of SSA Master Instructor. If you know of anyone who you think qualifies please let me know or if you think you qualify let me know. This is not the time to be bashful.
So, where are we going? From the above you can tell that we want to be able to offer more cross-country soaring training to those who want to learn. In order to do this we need SSAIs who have the ability to teach X-C soaring. Hence, the SSAI camps. However, beyond that, we want to take this program to the next level. We want to work hard on developing a program for standardization of all instruction from primary to advanced. We want to have at the instructor’s disposal the most modern teaching materials possible certainly including training and teaching manuals. But what about “on line” materials, videos, and even CD-ROMs? Is this possible? Yes! It must be for us to move into this new century. The Soaring Safety Foundation has already started moving in this direction as has John Sharp’s “on line” prep for the private pilot written exam. However, there is much more to be done for us, the SSAIs, to do the best job possible in teaching people to soar safely. With the help of many of you we can design, develop and implement a complete package for the SSAIs. An SSA Flight Training Academy if you will. Not a place but rather an accumulation of knowledge to be used for learning by students, experienced pilots, instructors, and, yes, even pilot examiners. If you want to be a part of this program and help with its implementation please let me know.
Fly Safely and have FUN!