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Lesson Plans to Train Like You Fly, Arlynn McMahon – ASA

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Lesson Plans to Train Like You Fly, Arlynn McMahon – ASA

This guide for flight instructors (CFIs) presents lesson plans in the form of scenario-based maneouvre briefings. A rich resource for active instructors, these lesson plans are also helpful to CFI applicants preparing their own materials. This fourth edition incorporates critical information previously published in Train Like You Fly: A Flight Instructor’s Guide to Scenario-Based Training, current best practices, and tried and true advice for teaching both visual and instrument flight.

This book is designed to work in complement with any syllabus and the FAA Test Standards. It explains how to teach each maneouvre, making the flight instructor’s favourite syllabus even more effective and enjoyable for clients. Each maneouvre briefing features a series of drawings instructors can discuss with their clients or replicate in the classroom and an accompanying script to teach from, which includes a story or motivation on why and how the maneouvre is applied in actual flight. Common errors are discussed in the form of keys to success to positively inspire clients to become sound aviation citizens.

In addition to lesson plans, this book includes templates, checklists, and assignments to build proper flight preparation habits and help determine a student pilot’s readiness to act as pilot-in-command. These tools are especially helpful to the applicant preparing for their initial CFI checkride, as well as active CFIs preparing students for major flight training milestones, such as first solo, solo cross-country, and their checkride.



Arlynn McMahon soloed on her 16th birthday. Since then, her feet have rarely been on the ground. She is a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and earned an MBA in Strategic Leadership from Amberton University.

Arlynn has helped more than 1,000 students and CFIs fulfill their dreams of flight. She joined Aero-Tech, Inc. at Bluegrass Airport in Lexington, KY as a flight instructor in 1984 and later became vice president, chief instructor and training centres manager, responsible for all training and flight activities at the company’s three locations, overseeing a fleet of 30 airplanes.

She is the 2009 National CFI of the Year and 2009 recipient of the NATA Award for Excellence in pilot Training. She has written articles for general aviation media and training curricula for other flight schools and an OEM.

Arlynn holds an ATP and an FAA Gold Seal, and Master Instructor with CFI, CFII, MEI and AGI. She has flown over 12,000 accident-free hours, including 9,000 dual given. She has flown general aviation in all 50 states. She was one of the first Designated Sport Pilot Examiners.

She still loves to instruct. She is also an author, her books are published by ASA and available online and wherever pilot supplies are sold. She is a consultant and guest speaker at many regional and national aviation events and seminars. She works with General Aviation Awards as the Nominations Administrator. She is also a Distinguished Toastmaster, a master gardener and a volunteer at the county emergency management and preparedness office. She holds an FCC General Amateur (HAM) Radio License and a US Coast Guard “Six-Pack” captain’s license with a sailing endorsement (OUPV Merchant Mariner). Arlynn married her flight instructor, Charlie. When not in the cockpit they share sailing, SCUBA and all types of fun in the sun.


Edition: Fourth
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 272
Illustrations: Black and White
ISBN Number: 978-1-64425-305-2
Dimensions: 8.375 x 10.875 inches
Copyright: © 2016-2023 Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc. All rights reserved.
Date Published: 2023

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