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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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.

Tuesday Sep 06, 2022

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Join us for our conversation with Art Hayssen Owner of Hayssen Aviation Mountain Flying Adventures  ( as we discuss tips and advice for learning mountain flying and getting into mountain flying flight instruction. Art shares some of his stories of flying at high altitude airports and what he did to break into the business teaching this type of niche flight instruction.

Tuesday Aug 23, 2022

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Flight Instructors are the foundation to the flight training community. The quality, proficiency, knowledge, skill and professionalism of our industry for decades to come depend on the quality of our Flight Instructors NOW!
Ten Things Every CFI Should Know will present you with some wisdom gained from the experiences of others to make you a better flight instructor.  You don't have to be an CFI to appreciate the lessons learned.
Andrew Dow is a 6-Time NAFI Master CFI, 5-Time Master Ground Instructor, Designated Pilot Examiner, CFII/MEI. Andrew currently works as an Assistant Professor of Aviation at Quincy University and is an independent Flight Instructor specializing in aircraft insurance checkouts.
Brian Schiff is a major airline captain. Schiff’s roots are deeply planted in general aviation where he has flown a wide variety of aircraft (97 types). His total flying time exceeds 20,000 hours. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and is a 35-year Gold Seal flight instructor and FAA Safety Team Representative.

Tuesday Aug 09, 2022

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Earn FAA Wings Credits for listening: more about the transition from the “Sage on the Stage” teaching model to the “Guide on the Side” method. They will discuss the five steps of effective collaborative critique: Replay, Reconstruct, Reflect, Redirect, and Review.
Susan Parson is an active general aviation pilot and Master instructor and serves as Special Assistant, FAA Flight Standards Service, is editor of FAA Safety Briefing magazine, and lead on the ACS project.
She holds an ATP certificate, ground and flight instructor certificates with instrument, single engine, and multi-engine land ratings. She instructs for her Leesburg-based C182 flying club and the Civil Air Patrol. Susan authored several online training courses and over 80 GA safety articles.
Paul Preidecker is chief flight instructor and examiner for a regional airline, has 7,500 hours, an ATP Certificate and type ratings in the CL-65 and Do-328. He’s a simulator and line check airman, FAA Aircrew Program Designee, and FAA Designated Observer with 6,800+ hours of instruction given in Part 61 and Part 121 operations.
He volunteers on the NAFI Professional Development Program committee and in many other capacities with industry and the FAA and serves as a member of the NAFI Board of Directors. An accomplished aviator and teacher, Paul aims to contribute to aviation safety blending accepted best practices between GA and Part 121.

Tuesday Jul 26, 2022

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Pilot, Author, Podcaster, and NAFI's brand new Director of Publications and Editor Beth Stanton joins the More Right Rudder Family! Beth shares with us her background, the details of how she became NAFI Editor, and how she feels about working for NAFI.

Friday Jul 15, 2022

Andy Watson, Author of "The Pilot's Guide to Air Traffic Control" shares a special tip for flight instructors in the practice area.

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