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8 Reasons Why You Know You're A Flight Instructor...

Here are 8 ways you know you've spent plenty of time in the right seat...

1) You don't know exactly how many times you've taken off and landed today, but you know it's been a lot.


2) No matter what flight you're on, your hands are constantly in a defensive position on the flight controls.


3) And your feet are always shadowing the rudder pedals, even if you're not the one flying.


4) If your student isn't on course or turning the right way, you catch yourself leaning right or left in your seat.


5) And you know within the first few seconds if your student's maneuver is going to work out or not.


6) You know the difference between a landing that will rattle your teeth, and a landing that will damage the airplane, and you let your student do the first...gotta learn from experience!

7) You know exactly how to position your aircraft's vents to keep yourself as cool as possible on those hot summer days.


8) And you know that early morning flights are the best way to beat the heat, turbulence, and traffic. Even though a 5am alarm clock isn't much fun.


Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at

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