28 April 2008
Well, it might be better to say "I try to teach."
More and more, I find students expecting me to tilt their heads upward, open their mouths, and spoon in the information they need to become helicopter pilots. That ain't the way it works, folks.
True learning only comes when you know "Why".
All flying things are fascinating, aren't they?
In my opinion, helicopters are even more so because they have so many things spinning this-way-and-that in order to accomplish lift without twisting themselves into a death spiral. There are SO MANY things a student needs to fully comprehend before he can fly safely. In order to react properly to an emergency, the student needs to really understand the "why".
My latest question, so appropriate today, is "Why do we need fuel?"
Wouldn't it be great if we could commit aviation without using any fuel?!
Students are initially puzzled by the question. Then, when they answer, they try taking the easy route... "Because it makes the engine run."
Yeah, of course.
Or maybe more appropriately here... how?
Why DO we need fuel?
Pilots and non-pilots... do you know?
Some of you only THINK you do.
Yeah, we gotta have fuel, but down to the kernel of it, what does fuel do for us, and...