It's one thing to start learning to fly ... sometimes, unfortunately, it's quite another to actually finish.
An upcoming "Expert Panel" in EAA Sport Aviation magazine is going to tackle this particular issue, and we want your input as well.
If you're an instructor, what do you do to keep students on track and actually get them over the finish line? For all of you, when you were a student (and, yes, we're all still students, or should be ...), what was your secret? How did you stay motivated to actually push through and get it done?
We're looking for all sorts of things here, whether it's practical advice on scheduling and curriculum or thoughts about how you or your students used your passions to keep the "eye on the prize" as they say.
For me, there were three things that kept me moving when I first got my Private ... man, nearly 25 years ago:
1. My Dad was paying for it ... up to a point. I didn't want to let him down or feel like he'd wasted his money, nor did I want to have to pay any more out-of-pocket as a broke college freshman than I absolutely had to.
2. Being a college freshman meant chasing college girls. Flying to dinner made for a wonderful first date - enough said.
3. Finally, and most importantly, I'd wanted to be a pilot literally my entire life ... I'd waited nearly 18 years already, and I was just too determined to let anything slow me down for long.
In addition, I was lucky enough to have two fantastic instructors - first Kurt Selbert and then Doug de Bruyn (Kurt moved on to another flying job about 3/4 of the way through, if I remember right). These guys were not only good (and occasionally very patient) teachers, they were persistent as well. If I called to tell them I had to miss a lesson for some reason, they didn't let me off the phone until we'd scheduled the next one. If I ever started to stumble or show signs of hesitating, they'd be there with a pitch-perfect mix of coaching ... and haranguing.
So, there's my initial take, at least off-the-cuff ... now it's your turn!