QI work at a flight school where I don’t get paid if the propeller isn’t turn- ing. When the students
show up unprepared, I’m
torn between sitting down
with them and doing
ground (which I don’t get
paid for) or just throwing
them into the airplane
and letting them fall behind. What should I do?
Let me give you a simple piece of advice: don’t work for
free. It is bad for you, and it is bad for the business of flight
instruction in general. Explain to the student that when they
show up unprepared they are wasting time and money. If the
student doesn’t show up prepared, and you don’t get paid for
ground time, you won’t be losing out if you simply refuse to
fly with Captain Unprepared. Have him/her sit and study (
unassisted by you) during the block of time you were scheduled
to fly, instead. If you are smart you will cover yourself by having another student on stand-by who can take the slot when
you cancel on your unprepared client.
I am a student pilot with aspirations to have a ca-
reer in aviation. Last month I was pulled over for
a DUI but the court knocked it down to a Reckless
Driving charge. I’m embarrassed and angry with my-
self for doing something so stupid, and worried that
I have ruined my chances to be a professional pilot.
Do I have to report this to the FAA? Will it cost me
my medical certificate?
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