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Instructor kills my passion and dream to be a pilot
Pilot Career - Becoming a Pilot
Thursday, 07 August 2014 12:49

Real Life Flight Instructor Career

Hi Captain Lim,

First of all I would like to thank you for this amazing website. It has given me lots of information about flying. I bought your book Life in the Skies recently and found it really interesting.

I am currently a student pilot in a flying school doing CPL/IR and frozen ATPL course. I am doing flight simulator training for 10 hours on twin engines now. I am finding it tough to learn as my instructor who is a former air force pilot, is giving me a hard time by screaming, shouting, smacking heads, etc.

I am trying my best to learn and focus on my part here but with all that’s happening, it’s really hard for me to concentrate. It kills the passion and my dream to be a pilot.

I would like to know, do pilots in airlines face the same treatment or they are treated more professionally?

I understand the need to motivate students, whether through positive or negative encouragement but is it a necessity for instructors to shout and scream at students who are learning? Or it’s how they are taught in the air force?

I hope you can share your thoughts and opinions on this.

Best regards


Hi Tan,

If you have read the part in my book under ‘Epilogue’ page 210 you would notice that the route to a pilot career is often filled with ups and downs, but with hard work, the end result is one of fulfilment.

I have encountered similar situation like yours but I had wished that the instructor had more patience. There are good instructors and there are bad instructors but luckily most are good ones.

Some instructors, especially those who have just left the air force, tend to still have the strict military discipline. However, most would soon mellow down when they realize that their civilian counterparts need a different approach to deal with.

Do not let this episode demoralise you but to work harder as there is always something better in the future.

Airlines generally have more experienced instructors and pilot trainees are treated more professionally.

Wish you all the success in your flying training.

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