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Alec Myers

I’m an experienced flight instructor in Toronto.

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Targets vs. goals

MUCH Early flight instruction in an airplane consists of the giving of instructions like “do this,” then “do that,” then “do the other.” (In fact now that you mention it quite a lot of the later flight instruction is the same way, unfortunately. But perhaps that’s a story for another time.) Pretty soon after that… Read more »




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Engine health

A couple of weeks ago I had the Grob in for a 1000 hour inspection, and I took the opportunity to get my borescope into the engine’s cylinders and have a look at the state of the exhaust valves, and take some pictures of them. The valves sit in the cylinder head and are pushed… Read more »


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On values, or, how to find the right students

A few weeks ago I conducted an exercise with a few students, and with Ivan. I emailed everyone a list of 130 different ‘values’ – literally, abstract ideas that some people value more than others in their lives. Here are a few examples from the list: Equality, Justice, Kindness, Security, Self-respect, Humour, Patience, Vision, Hope… Read more »


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First solo: Stephen

Another milestone for a fantastic student pilot, Stephen. This time, one of my own students. Stephen’s first lesson was at the end of September last year …


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When is a defect not a defect?

Every student pilot learns what to do if they discover a problem with an airplane they’ve flown or are about to fly – they write the defect in the journey log, and then – the airplane is grounded until an Aviation Maintenance Engineer fixes the defect and signs a release to say the aircraft is returned to service. Right? Well…


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First solo: Jay

A little bit of good news recently: my student Jay made his first solo flight a little while ago, and I didn’t write about it yet.


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Lies, damned lies, and statistics

One of the secrets of flight training is that a lot of people who start training never get to finish it. In one sense it’s a secret, in that you don’t read or hear about it. On the other hand, a bit of thought should persuade you that it’s entirely human and to be expected.