More Right Rudder

If you are a flight instructor, you understand how challenging it can be to stay up-to-date with the latest aviation trends and advances. With constantly changing regulations and a rapid pace of technology, staying informed is a must. But how do you keep up when you’re on-the-go?

 More Right Rudder has the solution! Hosted by the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), More Right Rudder is an informative podcast that caters to the needs of busy flight instructors. With each episode being packed full of content, More Right Rudder is the perfect way to stay informed, while you’re on-the-go. Join NAFI: www.nafinet.org

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Episodes

Tuesday May 14, 2024

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This episode is sponsored by: Sporty's
May is Learn to Fly Month at Sporty’s. It’s a four-week celebration of learning to fly designed to inspire and help new pilots achieve their aviation goals. In addition to savings on popular pilot gear, Sporty’s Media Network will celebrate Learn to Fly Month with articles, videos, webinars and more. 
Visit sportys.com/learntoflymonth for more information 
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Mental health is a critical aspect of our overall well-being, and it is essential for pilots and others in aviation as well. Significant underreporting of mental health conditions is known to be widespread throughout the aviation industry. In this episode, we will review the signs and symptoms of mental illness and explore ways that pilots may self-report any mental health issues they may be experiencing. We will discuss how flight instructors can be alert to the signs and symptoms of mental illness, and we will explain how to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues. We will highlight reporting systems that are designed to maintain confidentiality while ensuring that individuals receive the necessary support while taking appropriate measures to ensure flight safety.
 
Dr. Victor Vogel is a board-certified and fellowship-trained medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer prevention and treatment. He obtained his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and his fellowship in medical oncology at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center. Dr. Vogel has also served as the National Vice President for Research at the American Cancer Society.A pilot since 1980, Dr. Vogel holds a CFII, AGI, and IGI. He has owned a Beech Sierra and for the past 15 years a Cirrus SR22. He has flown to 40 of the 50 states and serves as a FAASTeam Representative. He is a member of the IFR Magazine Editorial Board. In retirement, Dr. Vogel plans to become a full-time flight instructor and is the founder of Susquehanna STEM to the Skies, an educational foundation that will utilize a full-motion advanced aviation training device to introduce high school youth to aviation as a career opportunity.

Tuesday Apr 30, 2024

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This episode is sponsored by: Avemco Insurance Company
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Discover the vital knowledge every pilot should possess regarding takeoff rejects. Through insightful explanations and practical examples, this video aims to equip both experienced aviators and aspiring pilots with the necessary skills to make informed decisions during critical moments before takeoff.
Philip Mandel earned his Private in 1981 followed by his Instrument rating, Commercial cert, CFI, CFI-I, MEI, AGI, and IGI certs and rating. He has owned airplanes ranging from a C-150 to a Piper Apache and is currently the proud owner of his 10th aeroplane, a Thorp T-18 (no, he didn't build it). Phil is an active flight instructor based at Starks Twin Oaks Airpark, 7S3, Hillsboro OR. He was the FAASTeam Rep of the Year for the Portland, OR FSDO in 2020 and 2021.
 

Tuesday Apr 16, 2024

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In this enlightening conversation, we talk to Gita Brown, a soloed pilot, classical musician, and yoga instructor, about the unique connections between aviation, music, and the art of yoga. Get ready to explore the correlations and discover valuable tips CFIs can incorporate into their flight training programs.
Gita Brown is a writer, musician, pilot, and yoga educator from Massachusetts. head-shot-serious-34.jpg
Gita’s writing has been featured in the Boston Globe, Integral Yoga Magazine, The Fix, and many other publications. She is an Integral Yoga Advanced Yoga teacher, and a licensed practitioner in Yoga for the Special Child®. For two decades she has been dedicated to making yoga accessible to people of all ages and abilities. In addition, she is a teaching artist and provides clarinet lessons to clarinetists of all ages.
Mrs. Brown has degrees in music performance from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan. In addition, she has a degree from Alverno College in music therapy. Mrs. Brown is also a certified Integral Yoga instructor-500 hours, and a  Licensed Practitioner in Yoga for the Special Child®.

Tuesday Apr 02, 2024

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Now more than ever, the aviation industry needs flight instructors to conduct themselves as aviation educators. As the training pipeline accelerates and quality of instruction suffers in measurable ways, a cultural shift is required in how we view the profession, how we mentor new instructors, and how we conduct ourselves with and around students. "Good enough" isn't really good enough, and leaves little to no margin for safety or performance. Join career aviation educator Jason Archer for a solution-oriented discussion about how we can improve the culture of flight instruction by combating professional apathy, one instructor, and one interaction at a time.
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Tuesday Mar 19, 2024

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In this episode of Writers Behind the Stories, we meet Steve Rutland, prolific writer for NAFI's Mentor Magazine and 11 time NAFI Master Instructor. Podcast host Beth Stanton engages Steve in an in-depth conversation about his fruitful career, pilot training experiences, and the evolution of the aviation industry.
From his military to civilian rotor-craft and fixed-wing instruction experience, Steve's fascinating life offers a wealth of knowledge. Listen to his unique trials and tribulations, lessons drawn from half a century in the air, and a constant quest for excellence in flight instruction.

Tuesday Mar 05, 2024

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Flight instructors love aviation, and are fortunate to work in a field that elicits such passion. However, it's not enough to be content experts. Upper-tier aviation educators are just as passionate about growing and evolving as excellent teachers as they are pilots. Join flight school owner, university adjunct lecturer, and 4-time Master Flight Instructor Aaron Dabney as he highlights some of his top teaching lessons learned from his first decade in this profession. He'll also outline tips for sharing these strategies and tactics with newer instructors to help them be better, earlier.
 

Tuesday Feb 20, 2024

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Today's featured guest, is Jeff Jorgenson, award winning author and founder of Open Air Flight Club shares first-hand accounts of surviving a gyroplane crash. The discussions delve into the mostly-underestimated aspects of emergency flight situations and crash survival.
In the chaos following the crash, Jeff shares how he dealt with various authorities, insurance companies, and pressing questions from the media.

Tuesday Feb 06, 2024

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This episode is sponsored by: Sporty's
Embark on an exciting journey with Sporty's this February! Join them in celebrating IFR Month, a thrilling four-week exploration of the challenges and rewards of instrument flying.
Go to Sportys.com/IFR to learn more
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In this episode we talk to Dr. Gregory Pinnell of Airdocs about the importance of CFIs discussing pilot medicals early on in their students' training. By doing so, students will be better equipped to make informed decisions about their aviation career, understand the potential roadblocks and training delays they may face, and be proactive in any medical concerns that arise.
 
Dr. Gregory Pinnell is president of Airdocs Aeromedical Support Services, a multi-specialty group providing a variety of services to the aviation community. He has 23 years of aviation medicine experience and has been a pilot for 42 years.
He is a Family Practice Physician and Senior Aviation Medical Examiner in Michigan.   He served as a Chief Flight Surgeon and Commander for the 434th Aerospace Medicine Squadron at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana. He also served as Deputy Chief of Bioastronautics for Human Spaceflight Support at Patrick AFB working 23 Space Shuttle missions plus Soyuz support.
He serves as an adjunct professor teaching Aviation Physiology and Human Factors at Western Michigan University College of Aviation.  He is a board member for Civil Aviation Medical Association (CAMA), Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and AME Consultant to the Federal Air Surgeon.
 

Tuesday Jan 23, 2024

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Curious to know what it's like to create weekly written content for NAFI publications? In this episode, NAFI Editor Beth Stanton and Chair Emeritus Bob Meder share their personal journeys in battling impostor syndrome while producing compelling content. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of the dedication and effort that goes into delivering high-quality written material. Discover invaluable tips and tricks to overcome self-doubt and excel in your work!
 
Robert “Bob” Meder completed his initial flight training in 1995 and earned his CFI in 2006. He went on to add single-engine and multi-engine instrument certificates. Recently he retired from a 40+ year career at a major railroad as the Director of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). While in this position, he worked directly with the FAA on regulatory issues for Drones and critical infrastructure companies. During this time, he continued to instruct.
 
Bob has over 6,000 hours of dual instruction and enjoys training new flight instructors, challenging them to recognize the distinction between skill and critical thinking. He emphasizes that superior risk management, not just skill, is the key to safe flight training. He is a FAASTeam Lead Rep at the St Louis FSDO and was honored as the district and regional flight instructor of the year in 2009 and 2010. After nearly ten years as chair, Bob currently serves as Chair Emeritus on the NAFI board of directors.

Tuesday Jan 09, 2024

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In this episode we talk to Dr. Keith Roxo of Wingman Med about how the FAA views pilots purely by the information they submit and how to avoid possible disqualifying pitfalls.
 
Did you miss part 1 of this discussion? Listen Here
Don't miss part 3 of this series during Keith's NAFI MentorLIVE Presentation January 17th!
 
Dr. Keith Roxo is a TOPGUN trained adversary pilot turned Aerospace Medicine physician with over 2000 hours in high performance aircraft including the F/A-18, F-16 and F-5. He holds multiple military flight instructor qualifications, an airline transport pilot certificate and CFII. He is board certified in Aerospace and Occupational medicine and is a FAA Senior HIMS AME. Keith provides aviation medical consulting with Wingman Med.

Monday Jan 01, 2024

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The NAFI/King Schools scholarship deadline is approaching on the 4th of January. Listen for information on the scholarship, how to apply, and a special thanks to King Schools for such a great program!

Tuesday Dec 26, 2023

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In this special podcast, we gather to celebrate the conclusion of an eventful year - 2023 - and reflect on NAFI's incredible milestones. Join us as we express our gratitude towards our dynamic team, who tirelessly worked towards our mission. We also extend our sincere thanks to our amazing members, generous sponsors, dedicated volunteers, and loyal listeners for being the pillars of our success.
Together, we've made a difference, and we can't wait to share our gratitude with you!

Tuesday Dec 19, 2023

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In this episode NAFI Editor Beth Stanton interviews Fred Stahl, PhD to share his valuable insights from years of experience in the flight training industry, including his views on the importance of becoming an Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI) and what drives him to contribute to NAFI Mentor Magazine.
 
Fred Stahl, Ph.D., began instructing pilots in 1992. He has worked both independently and at flight schools and has taught aviation ground school courses in various setting. From 2016 to 2018 Stahl was chief flight instructor at AOPA where he managed the organization's in house flight training and pilot proficiency programs. He resides in Frederick, Maryland.

Tuesday Dec 12, 2023

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In this episode we talk to Dr. Keith Roxo of Wingman Med about the importance of pilots having a good doctor, and how to utilize them and other resources to properly prepare for their pilot medical to achieve a successful outcome.
 
Don't Miss part two of this discussion January 9th followed by Keith's NAFI MentorLIVE Presentation January 17th!
 
Dr. Keith Roxo is a TOPGUN trained adversary pilot turned Aerospace Medicine physician with over 2000 hours in high performance aircraft including the F/A-18, F-16 and F-5. He holds multiple military flight instructor qualifications, an airline transport pilot certificate and CFII. He is board certified in Aerospace and Occupational medicine and is a FAA Senior HIMS AME. Keith provides aviation medical consulting with Wingman Med.

Tuesday Nov 28, 2023

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Discover the gripping account of flight instructor Nathan Ballard's encounter with a stupefied flight student. Gain a deeper understanding of the challenges instructors may face during flight training and the invaluable knowledge gained from these intense situations.
For more details and tips from Nathan, view his YouTube account of his experience here.

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