QI have a student who is signed for aviation use. Oregon Aero carries them. The cush-
a bit of a bully. He’s 17 ions are not cheap, but are very well made and worth the in-
and wants to make a ca- vestment. And if you amortize the cost of the cushion out over
reer of flying, but he’s the life of your aviation career it is not terribly expensive.
managed to offend most Taller pilots have challenges as well. For them, the usual
everyone here at the answer is fly a larger airplane. I have one client who is six
flight school because he foot nine and we had to put him in a C-172 right off the bat
wants something and he because of his long legs.
wants it NOW. How do I
Meg godlewsKi handle him? I recently flew with a client for a biennial flight Talk to the student about review and he did so poorly I did not sign him off. his behavior. He may not realize how he comes across. Sug- I explained that I could not sign him off because gest he fly with another CFI and then ask that CFI for his/her Qin my opinion he was not a a safe pilot.
observations. You may have a personality conflict with the I recommended more training. He became very
student that manifests with his behavior. angry and refused to pay me, then stormed off.
Part of the issue may be a lack of maturity on his part, or Did I handle this correctly?
his parents could be part of the problem, if they cater to his CFIs are like lifeguards. If we see something unsafe or
every whim. And finally refer back to your FOI. If he is overly potentially dangerous, we have to correct it. If you honestly
aggressive he could be having a reaction to the stress of fly- felt that this guy is unsafe then you did the right thing. How
ing. If he concerns you that much you may want to fire him would you feel if you signed him off and then he had an
until he grows up a bit and learns to keep himself in check. accident? If you are concerned that he will continue to fly
illegally then you should contact your local FAA and ask to
QI’m a little on the short side and I am having speak to a FAA Safety Team representative and express your
trouble seeing over the nose of the aircraft. concerns. ✈
I keep trying different combinations of pillows and ...............................................................................
cushions but nothing works. Can you help me? Meg Godlewski (WAI #8165) is a NAFI Master Instructor and
I recommend making the investment in a cushion that is de- writes for General Aviation News.
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