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I got my CFI/CFII in 2009 and My ME in 3/2010. Since then I Moved to Europe and have not flown so I'm due for BFR and IPC. I renewed my CFI in the fall. I am currently converting my FAA to JAA but I also want to build time so I am going to the US for the summer to flight instruct. The plane I will be using is through my student's boss.  Before I start teaching, there are a lot of things I need to catch up on so all your help and recommendations are appreciated. 

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  1. Micah on May 01, 2012

    There’s a lot to sink your head into so that you’re prepared. I would start broad, focusing on these items:
    1. It looks like you already know your student. A large part of the CFI-student relationship is the two parties knowing each other and communicating effectively.
    2. Pick a syllabus. You should both know what to expect.
    3. Stick to basic, certain texts. If the syllabus calls for certain texts you can use these; I’ve found that most students don’t need much more than the Airplane Flying Handbook and the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (in addition to the POH, of course). There is a lot more to learn, but these do a good job of covering the basics.
    4. Fly a lot. Get yourself current, and put yourself through proficiency training on your own, both by yourself and with an instructor. If you had been flying regularly, you wouldn’t need this immersion, but this will be beneficial to you and your student. If you’re actively flying to convert your FAA to JAA this may already be covered.
    5. Stay immersed. Spend time around other pilots, students, instructors. Back seat and watch other instructors teach and other students learn. Read up. Participate in online communities like this forum.
    That’s a start. 

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