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CFIS spin training

Asked by: 2540 views Flight Instructor, Light Sport Aircraft

How soon after receiving a Sport Pilot Certificate, with intentions to pursue a CFIS rating, would it be appropriate to seek out and attend spin training?

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  1. Jonathan Seitz on Jul 01, 2013

    Spin training is always beneficial knoledge to have. Stall/spin awareness and recovery skills would save many people each year. It’s never too early to get good training.

    With that being said, though, you will probably have to re-do the spin training again during your CFI training after you finish your commercial.

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  2. Mark Kolber on Jul 01, 2013

    There’s no rule on when. Although not required, many people get spin training as a student pilot as a matter of choice, so there’s no “right” answer as to when it’s appropriate.

    But keep in mind that the spin training required for the CFI is not just training in doing spins. It’s training in teaching spins and, more particularly, ultimately demonstrating “instructional proficiency” in the context in the overall subject of stall awareness. As FAR 61.183(i) describes the CFI spin endorsement:

    a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor indicating that the applicant is competent and possesses instructional proficiency in stall awareness, spin entry, spins, and spin recovery procedures after providing the applicant with flight training in those training areas in an airplane or glider, as appropriate, that is certificated for spins; and

    Whether a CFI would be wiling to endorse a private pilot as having the proficiency level of a flight instructor for anything is a question only a particular CFI and student can answer together.

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  3. LTCTerry on Jul 04, 2013

    Rob is a sport pilot looking to become a sport instructor. In this scenario he will never “finish his commercial.” His instructor will indeed one day endorse him as flight instructor-proficient at spins as a “private” pilot. (If you want to be finicky about it, he’ll be endorsed on a certificate that is lower than a private.) A sport pilot must attain CFIS proficiency in order to become an instructor.

    Rob – in my opinion, properly done spin training has great value for all pilots. Yanking the nose up and stomping on the rudder, though, has little/no relation to actual stall/spin likely to kill someone.

    The CFI endorsement for spins is not for “spin training” but confirming that you are able to properly instruct a pilot in spin recognition, entry, and recovery. It’s not so much about flying as it is teaching.

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