More Right Rudder

More Right Rudder is a collection of content hosted by NAFI in Podcast form for on the go flight instructors. Each episode consists of unique content, previously released presentations and videos including MentorLive, 10 Question Challenge, NOTAMs Blog, and Briefing Room. Join NAFI:

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Tuesday Mar 21, 2023

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Today's Guest is Founder and CEO of ICARUS Devices Nick Sinopoli ( We discuss with Nick what the ICARUS view limiting device is and how he developed the idea and working prototype. Listeners can get a 10% discount of ICARUS devices through April 21st using discount code NAFI.
The ICARUS Device uses Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal (PDLC) film to electronically alter the pilots visibility, bringing the power of a simulator into your aircraft. The app allows the instructor to surprise their students with degraded visual conditions. Instructors can control the transition rate and track simulated IMC time. The ICARUS Device will be to able integrate hypothetical weather scenarios into your tablet’s flight program. Once airborne, the visor will mimic whatever scenario you made up on the ground, all in real time.
Austin native Nick Sinopoli is the Founder, Inventor and Managing Partner of the Icarus Device, which he patented in 2016. After a friend perished in an aviation accident, Nick was determined to make a revolutionary invention that would teach pilots to survive flight into low visibility. His creation is the most advanced flight training tool ever imagined. A dual rated aviator, Nick has had a lifelong love of aviation. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. Nick has logged time in Cessna, Piper and Cirrus aircraft, as well as gliders, Bell 206, EC145, T-6B and UH-60A/L/M variants. In his free time he enjoys flying, running, restoring old cars and spending time with his four nephews.

Tuesday Mar 07, 2023

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For this episode, we sit down with President and CEO of Aerox Oxygen Systems Scott Ashton to discuss common misconceptions of aviation oxygen, the history of the 12,500 O2 regulation, and why commercially available canned "shots" of oxygen can do more harm than good when used in the cockpit.  Just remember "It's Toxic to be Hypoxic"
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From portable systems to highly engineered systems on Part 25 aircraft, Aerox® has a system for you to deliver high performance at an economical cost.  
Since 1981 we have been providing the aviation industry with innovative solutions for all of its oxygen needs. While our comprehensive website is representative of many of the products that Aerox offers, if you don’t see exactly what you are looking for, please contact us.
Aerox is certified to ISO9001:2015 and AS9100D.  We offer a wide array of TSO oxygen masks and PMA oxygen cylinders in both Kevlar and Steel and operate FAA Repair Station YXQR567B
We offer a complete line of stock or custom systems, parts, and accessories. We are a provider of OEM systems, serving Diamond, Agusta, Piper, and many others. We can also design any kind of emergency or portable system, for use in the air or on the ground. Contact us to let us know how we can help you.
Aerox is family owned and operated by the Ashton Family.  CEO Scott Ashton is an aerospace engineer and an accomplished pilot with an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.  He s rated in airplanes, gliders and helicopters.  He is also an active flight instructor and FAAST Team rep.  Scott was also President of the New England Air Museum and is a board member and volunteer pilot for PALS SkyHope.

Tuesday Feb 21, 2023

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Happy 60th Episode with brand new opening music and an end to Season 1 of the Podcast!
To celebrate we welcome Andrew Kisela and Graham Bostrom to the MRR Pod. Graham and Andrew are prime examples of how flight instruction helps build a solid foundation for accelerating your career to other aspects of aviation, Part 121 Airline and Part 135/91 Corporate flying respectively. 
They share their thoughts on the aviation industry as a whole, how they achieved their goals in the profession, and how their time as flight instructors played and continues to play a pivotal role in their growth and success as aviators.

Tuesday Jan 31, 2023

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Join our talk with Dan Dyer of San Carlos Flight Center to discuss their unique program they call "CFI Finishing School."  Described as a "deep dive into aerodynamics until you absolutely can understand it, and more importantly can teach it. A program that creates a real understanding, beyond the rote answers required for the FAA Knowledge Test."
SCFC goal is to also show you tips for how flight instruction should unfold in the aircraft to make your students reach their full pilot competency. What first fundamentals are critical to a student’s first few flights? How you can take even basic maneuvers and use them to make your students better at landing? Why the sequencing and grouping of flight education is important. It’s a whole week of things you should have learned but likely weren’t taught in your quick CFI program.
Director of Operations at SCFC, Dan Dyer has dedicated much of the last two decades to aviation, first in helicopters and then in airplanes.  He has been an instructor for more than 15 years, and is known for his effective safety seminars.  Dan originated SCFC’s  founding principle and motto: safety, community, and adventure.  His enthusiasm for learning has helped to make SCFC the fastest growing flight school in the Bay Area.

Introducing: The Right Seat

Tuesday Jan 24, 2023

Tuesday Jan 24, 2023

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Get to know the aviation experts behind NAFI Mentor Magazine’s brand new column, the Right Seat! Labeled as “Dear Abby” for pilots, consider Jen Watson, Dana McIlwain, and Josh Watson as your lifeline when you’re stumped by a question or need some advice.
Learn about how this brand new column came to be, how you can participate by getting your questions answered, and what drives each of these three to pursue excellence in their fields.

Tuesday Jan 10, 2023

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This is something you either have never or very seldom heard. Several accidents have occurred as a result of helicopter wake turbulence to fixed wing aircraft. This session will the impact of helicopter wake turbulence on fixed wing aircraft both in the VFR environment and the IFR environment.  
Ned Parks' aviation roots date back to his cousin, Oliver Parks who started the 1st certified aviation school in the US in 1927. He flew UH-1 helicopters in the Army, and has run several full service FBO’s. He holds ATP/CFII and is rated in both fixed and rotor wing. Ned is FAASTeam member with 4,700+ flight hours. He owns Aegis 360 Consulting, a global provider of staff development services, business consulting, and strategy. He also runs a web site and blog dedicated to learning something new in aviation over a cup of coffee.

Tuesday Jan 03, 2023

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Tuesday Dec 27, 2022

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Everyone thinks they are a safe pilot. Yet pilots continue to crash airplanes, for the same reasons again and again and again. As instructors, we’re not consistent in how we teach pilots to maximize their chances of an accident-free lifetime of flying. A shift in the way we teach safety concepts can make a huge difference in accident rates.
Safety isn’t a strategy, it is an outcome. It is the result of developing and maintaining mastery and command of the airplane, the environment and yourself. This presentation goes far beyond telling pilots what not to do to avoid mishaps; it inspires positive motivation and provides specific techniques and ideas you can teach your students to use on every flight, so they can develop mastery and command for a lifetime of flying.
Thomas P. Turner is an ATP and Flight Instructor with CFII and MEI ratings. A NAFI Flight Instructor Hall of Fame inductee, Tom has over 4,600 hours with 2,600 dual given, specializing in type-specific transition and recurrent training in high performance singles and light twins.
He is the 2010 National FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year and the 2008 FAA Central Region CFI of the Year, and holds a Master’s Degree in Aviation Safety.
Tom is Chairman of the Type Club Coalition Transition Training working group. In addition, he directs the education and safety arm of a 9,000-member pilots’ organization and publishes the free FLYING LESSONS Weekly blog at Tom writes, lectures and instructs extensively from his home at THE AIR CAPITAL--Wichita, Kansas.

Tuesday Dec 13, 2022

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Karen Kalishek is a Designated Pilot Examiner, three time NAFI Master Instructor, CFI, CFII, MEI, CFI-G, AGI, IGI, FAA Gold Seal Instructor and FAASTeam Lead Representative. She holds an ATP certificate and has ASES and Glider Commercial privileges. In 2019, Karen was honored to received the National FAASTeam Representative of the Year award. She has held officer positions in and is actively involved with several aviation organizations. She is also a Major in the Civil Air Patrol, serving as a CAP volunteer flight instructor, check pilot, examiner, mission pilot and cadet orientation pilot.She is an independent flight instructor, has a particular fondness for antique aircraft and enjoys spending quality time with her RV-6. Before becoming a full-time flight instructor, she was an executive in the banking industry, taught graduate school, and as president of her own corporation, spent over 20 years providing international consulting services in 37 countries.

Tuesday Nov 29, 2022

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Age-related changes in cognitive functions essential for flight include perceptual processing, some aspects of memory, and psychomotor control. Cognitive functions not clearly affected by age involve information processing, problem-solving, decision making, and time-sharing. Flight instructors must be able to assess the possible negative effects of aging and assist the older pilot in maintaining both proficiency and safety. We discuss how this can be done.
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. He became a private pilot in 1980, progressing to CFI in 2019 and CFII in 2020. Dr. Vogel is also an AGI and IGI. He has owned a Beech Sierra in the past and most recently a Cirrus SR22 for the past 15 years. He has flown to 40 of the 50 states and serves as a FAASTeam Representative for the Harrisburg FSDO. He is a member of the IFR Magazine Editorial Board. Nearing 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 as a means to introduce high school youth to aviation as a career opportunity.

Advice for a future CFI

Tuesday Nov 15, 2022

Tuesday Nov 15, 2022

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In this episode we talk about a document NAFI sends out to future CFI checkride applicants that has some tips and tricks to instructional success and checkride success. NAFI Program Director discusses these tips and adds some input on what he has found helpful for CFI candidates he has trained previously.

Is Collegiate Flight for You?

Tuesday Nov 01, 2022

Tuesday Nov 01, 2022

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In this episode we talk to former NAFI events contractor and collegiate faculty instructor at Western Michigan University. We talk about the differences between collegiate 141 and other types of flight schools and what might make that route the right thing for a perspective pilot. We also chat about the benefits of working for a college as a flight instructor and what led Kyle to a career as a academic instructor in aviation and how to follow in his footsteps if you feel it might be right for you.
Kyle Jehnzen holds a faculty specialist position at WMU and instructs in its fleet of Cirrus and Piper aircraft, providing a wide array of flight training from initial training to end of course commercial pilot 141-stage checks. To date, he has over 1,500 hours of dual given in both aircraft and FTDs.
Along with flight instruction, Jehnzen teaches two sections of aviation meteorology for WMU’s aviation flight science and aviation management majors, as well as one section of the senior capstone class for aviation management students. He also holds ATP privileges for AMEL, commercial privileges for ASEL, and an FAA gold seal instructor with CFII, MEI, and IGI certificates. After having moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2007 Jehnzen decided he really liked the area and has lived there ever since. He lives with his fiancé, Jaclyn, only a few miles from the NAFI office. He said Living in the area led him to the opportunity to work at the NAFI booth at both Sun-n-Fun in 2014 and Oshkosh in 2015 and allowed him to meet many of the people that make this organization a great advocate for flight instruction.

Tuesday Oct 18, 2022

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High performance and complex aircraft present challenges both unique and rewarding to transitioning pilots. Teaching pilots to fly these aircraft must be done carefully to provide maximum utility while focusing on safety. This presentation covers the components of a thorough transition training program which prepares pilots to fly high performance and complex aircraft safely and effectively.
Philip Mandel earned his Private certificate in 1981 followed by an Instrument rating, Commercial pilot, CFI, CFI-I, MEI, and more recently, AGI and IGI certs and ratings. Through the years he has owned airplanes ranging from a C-150 to a Piper Apache. He is currently the proud owner of his 10th flying machine, a Thorp T-18 (no, he did not build it). Phil is a flight instructor based at Starks Twin Oaks Airpark (7S3) near Hillsboro OR. He is the 2020 Portland, OR FSDO FAASTeam Representative of the Year.

Episode 5-0 with Rod Machado

Tuesday Oct 04, 2022

Tuesday Oct 04, 2022

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Today's guest Rod Machado has taught...    
    hundreds to fly from the right seat as a Certified Flight Instructor     thousands as a classroom instructor    350,000+ through his over 400 aviation articles    100,000+ through his training materials    Several million with his flight lessons on MS Flight Simulator
... has degrees in Psychology and Aviation Science... is Airline Transport Pilot rated with all fixed wing-flight powered instructor ratings...started instructing student pilots full time in 1973...taught grounds schools often to classrooms of 200 starting in 1975...has taught many hundreds of aviation safety seminars—US, Canada & Europe...has taught hundreds of Flight Instructor Re-validation Clinics—US, Canada & Europe...10,000 hours flying were earned the HARD WAY—ONE flight instructor hour at a and co-anchored ABC’s Wide World of Flying for five years...was the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's National Flight Instructor Spokesman for 15 years (AOPA is the largest aviation association)... asked by Microsoft to design the lessons and be CFI voice for MS Flight Simulator...was a columnist for AOPA Pilot magazine for 18 years...was a columnist for Flight Training magazine for 25 years...personally writes and illustrates all of his own training materials—unlike some who put their name on employee's work...uses humor like no other to help you remember the lessons...has Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido black belts and 20 years experience in Gracie Jujitsu  (Maybe why Rod never has difficulty collecting his instructor fees.)

Tuesday Sep 20, 2022

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INTO THE ALLIGATOR'S MOUTH: PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONAL FLIGHT MINIMUMS  This workshop centers on the psychology of personal minimums. Like any healthy examination of relationships, we will focus on: Why we create them,  Why we commit them to paper (or not),  When we fudge on them, What we learn from them, and  What we hope never to again experience.  Drawing on interviews with a wide range of folks from newly minted Private Pilots, through pilots of all experience levels, Flight instructors, and Designated Pilot Examiners. Pilots of all genders, and flight experience from low hundreds to tens of thousands of hours. As one DPE pondered, "How far do I put my head in an alligator's mouth before I can get it out?" Let's start an honest discussion on ways that we can keep ourselves safe in the airplane or on the ground. Because in the end, cheating on your minimums is cheating on yourself.
About the Presenter: Jolie Lucas makes her home on the Central Coast of California with her mini-Golden, Mooney. She is a Mooney owner, licensed psychotherapist, and instrument-rated Commercial Pilot working on her multi-engine rating. Ms. Lucas is a nationally-known aviation presenter and aviation writer. Jolie is the Vice President of Region 4 for the California Pilots Association.

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