Providing good instruction is about not always having a fixed agenda and being rigid in your instruction style, but being flexible, fluid, experimenting with your style, and having the confidence to react and adjust to changing circumstances. It’s about being flexible with the way students learn and their past experiences.
Providing good instruction is about the creative balance between being an authoritarian on the one hand and a listener on the other. Good flight instructors migrate between these poles at all times, depending on the circumstances and they know where they need to be and when.
I believe Alan is one of the best instructors I have ever dealt with. I have been an off and on pilot for 26 years and over the last few years had not flown a great deal as I was saving for my purchase of a plane that I could own solely on my own.
I bought a Sportsman and in turn hired Alan to transition me into a Glasair Sportsman control stick world from the Cessna 150, 152, 172 and 182 yoke world that I was so used to.
Alan not only provided invaluable instruction, but was also flexible to my learning/experience lapses and the rust on my skills given my infrequent flying over the last few years. He shared best aviation practices outside of “learning the Sportsman” and also shared a lot of tips and tricks associated with many of the avionics in my panel including foreflight features that I was not aware of.
Overall, I believe the skills and knowledge that Alan transferred to me was dollar for dollar one of the best values that I have ever received in my piloting years. I would highly recommend Alan for flight instruction.
I would also highly recommend Alan for transition training in your Glasair Sportsman or delivering your Sportsman as Alan knows the Glasair products extremely well. Safe flying and if you are buying a Sportsman, feel free to call me about my positive experiences with the aircraft to date.
Best Regards – Wade Becker, Harrisburg, PA