Instructor Symposium Session Descriptions

Kay West/
Emelia Bernava
PTS – Past/Present/Future

A history of the origins of the PTS and an outlook of where it is heading in the future. Also, how to use the PTS to prepare students for the check ride; from the Applicant’s Checklist, examiner responsibilities to preparing for the tasks.
Emelia Bernava IACRA/Endorsements

IACRA – How to use this electronic version of 8710-1 Pilot Application.  Learn how IACRA transitions from applicant, to recommending instructor, to designated examiner.
Endorsements – A review of logbook endorsement requirements.
Mike Bauwens
Understanding Mountain Flying
1. Mountain micro climate
2. Steering winds
Katabatic Winds
Anabatic Winds
Inversions and light and variable winds
Upper level winds
3. Mountain Crossings
Mike Bauwens
Balloon Instruction Techiques / Fixing Learning Difficulties
Instructor teaching points, techniques, and problem solving1. Inflation
2. Prelaunch preparation
3. Liftoff
4. Decision Making
5. Overburning
6. Level flight
7. Contouring
8. Ground Tracking
9. Navigation
10. Approaches, Steep Descents, Venting/Landing
Adam Magee
Fundamentals of Instruction

Correlation, the ultimate goal of flight instruction, takes many steps and processes. In this presentation we will examine the application of the fundamentals of instruction in flight training through questions from instructors. You might be surprised that the answer correlates to the fundamentals of instruction.  Come with questions and keep your cell phone handy for this interactive presentation!

Adam Magee/
Kay West
Balloon Training Syllabus

How to use a training syllabus to track training and logbook entries.  This Excel version is designed to cover all phases of instruction and can be passed from instructor to instructor to keep everyone informed, including the student, as to the student’s progress.  The item checklist covers all aspects of training, per FAA Areas of Operation and is an essential tool for final review prior to a check ride.

Bert Padelt
Teaching Fuel Management

Lack of proper fuel management can result in potentially life threatening consequences. This session will examine ways to instruct students to prioritize fuel management from the planning stage of a flight through the landing phase. Discussions will include controlled reactions to emergency situations based on constant awareness of fuel system components.

Carroll Teitsworth
Teaching Balloon Landings

1-Irreducible minimums
2-Control the descent (find a way to explain)
b-Acceleration (use of instruments?)
c-“Long blast”
3-Flight path for approach
b-Advanced (high wind)
4-Delicate control vs. gross control
a-At altitude:  How close can you get?
b-When it is needed (dropping through a fast layer)
5-% variations in speed in balloons vs other disciplines
6-Don’t quit flying it.  Be the boss.  Be a pilot, not a passenger.  Don’t just go along for the ride.  Exercise your Captain’s Complex.
7-Learn the lessons…both of ‘em.

Kay West
Preparing a Student for a Check Ride

Steps for preparing a student for a check ride. A well-prepared applicant possesses skills and knowledge and knows what to expect on the check ride day. Preparation minimizes stress and allows for a positive and rewarding outcome. Learn review tools and tips for passing tasks and what examiners look for while testing applicants.

Hélène Viens as Moderator with all the speakers
Breakout Discussions on Topic TBD
Joe Doerer as Moderator with all the speakers
Open Floor Questions to Presenters

Got an instruction related question you’ve always wanted to discuss but could never find the right person to ask? With a combined total of over 200 years of ballooning experience, our expert panel of six presenters will probably have your answer. Join us as we open the floor to comments from you and other symposium attendees.