The CFI checklist
For all of you who are as aeronautically or linguistically challenged as me, a “stage check” has nothing to do with guitarists checking their gear or volume level on stage, or dress rehearsals at a theater. It’s a check during pilot training to see if you have reached a certain “stage” of your training and is sometimes also called “progress check”.
When translating this strip to German for Fliegermagazin, I had a hard time with it. I finally settled on translating “stage check” as “stage check”. After all, many aviation terms are adopted in English as they are.
Anyway, it’s a bit of a throwback to the old days, when teachers could discipline their students by knocking them on their fingers with sticks or a ruler. Anyone in here old enough, or raised in a place backwater enough to have experienced this first hand? My parents still did, but fortunately this method had been disposed of by the time I went to school.
Been reading Lightning Boys. One story of one student goes: he was flying with one instructor in a Jet Provost side by side trainer, and if he did something wrong he would get a wrap across his bone dome. Well this carried on until the student got tired of this and hit the instructor back. The instructor looked at him and said well done we will do fine now. Sit down there’s more…. the student got another instructor and again hit him across the bone dome so again the student hit back. Next thing was the instructor took over and head back. The student got pulled up in front of the Group Captain in charge of training and a charge if hitting a instructor. The student explained what happened with his previous instructor and what happened on this flight. The student got the the charge dropped and the second instructor got a wrap on the knuckles and made to apologise.
The “ruler to the knuckles” teaching method is why, as a leftie, I write badly with my right hand.