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Can You Mentor New Pilots?

Anonymous Posted: 02.02.2008, 10:29
Unregistered User We're looking for experienced SPA pilots who are willing and able to mentor new recruits. This idea is under discussion, and nothing is cast in stone at this point. But here's the gist of it:

As a mentor, you'd spend a little time with a new pilot to help him understand the basics of how SPA works, how to make a flight, how to report a flight, and like that... You'd work with him via email, via Teamspeak, or via telephone if that works. You'd point him towards training materials if that seemed appropriate. The time required would mostly depend on the new pilot.

The idea is to give new pilots an immediate personal relationship in SPA; a "go-to" person, as it were, so no newbie is left floundering around, wondering what to do next.

If you're willing and able, just post your name here. Thanks, gents!

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Anonymous Posted: 02.02.2008, 10:32
Unregistered User I volunteer.
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SPA031 Posted: 02.02.2008, 11:03

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We need a chat room were they can go when they need help and where the instructors can meet them.

8-)
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SPA118 Posted: 02.02.2008, 11:59



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Good idea Bob. Can't we look into that?

I volunteer, by the way.

Eric M. Eder, SPA118
Miami Hub Manager
miamanager@stpaulairlines.com

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tbone-guy Posted: 02.02.2008, 18:15

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Wow...thats a great idea...I'm afraid, at the moment I'm very busy with studying for exams...but as soon as they are over(end of June)...I Volunteer...

Cillian - SPA173

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daveraine Posted: 03.02.2008, 03:36

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Good idea but, i thought we had a training department for that.

Dave
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KenLeMay Posted: 03.02.2008, 10:32

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We can use Teamspeak for a "chat"area...between that and our own online server, that should suffice.

Ken LeMay
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YETIV8R Posted: 03.02.2008, 11:48

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I was wondering the same Ken.

We even have training room in TS.

Anyhow, great idea guys. And thanks for pointing this to our new pilots.

Naresh
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SPA031 Posted: 03.02.2008, 12:56

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Does Teamspeak let us share a web link?

Does Teamspeak let us share a file name of an aircraft to look for in flightsim.com?

Does Teampeak allow video conferencing?

Does Teamspeak allow you to share documents?

I would like to do all of these things in one place.

This is what I am talking about, gents.
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YETIV8R Posted: 03.02.2008, 14:17

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Mr. Flying Fossil,

[quote=Robert_Thompson]Does Teamspeak let us share a web link?[/quote]
Yes, you can send a private text message through TS.

[quote=Robert_Thompson]Does Teamspeak let us share a file name of an aircraft to look for in flightsim.com?[/quote]
Yes, you can send a private text message through TS.

[quote=Robert_Thompson]Does Teampeak allow video conferencing?[/quote]
No. I'm always naked at home, except for a male G-String. You don't want to watch my hairy body, do you? Yeti here. :-P

[quote=Robert_Thompson]Does Teamspeak allow you to share documents?[/quote]
I would use email for that.

I[quote=Robert_Thompson] would like to do all of these things in one place.[/quote]
Only thing that is stopping me for doing that is the CHAT feature is extremely hard to incorporate with our system. There was stuff that you can buy but it requires monthly subscription.

If you have FSX Deluxe version, trainer can hop in with you and share the cockpit.

Hope that helps.

Naresh


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Anonymous Posted: 03.02.2008, 19:03
Unregistered User All g-strings and body hair aside, Naresh highlights the point that extra capabilities, features, and functions usually require two things--money, and someone at SPA to support them. Even when something's free, it still requires some level of support, and ultimately that's going to fall on Naresh. I'm not voting up or down on anything, but I am saying that we need to be mindful and considerate of our no. 1 IT resource.
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SPA031 Posted: 03.02.2008, 19:15

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Leave it to Naresh to rain on our parade.

If we are asking for ideas, then don't step on them,.

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YETIV8R Posted: 03.02.2008, 19:32

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Oouch, that hurt! :-O

I was barely answering your questions there Mr. Fossil. :-D

Rev, great points there mate. All I am saying is that we can utilize what we currently have for that purpose. If that does not suffice then we will step forward for upgrades or new features.

That's how system runs in the corporations, household, organizations and everywhere. Am I not right? 8-)

Always, :-D

Naresh

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Anonymous Posted: 03.02.2008, 19:35
Unregistered User Okay... The purpose of this thread was to come up with list of volunteer mentors. [b]Everyone who's volunteering for this, please state that clearly. [/b] We can talk about process later. The discussion is great, but we need to inventory the volunteers first, or the idea will go nowhere.





edited by: rev45, Feb 03, 2008 - 07:39 PM
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SPA031 Posted: 04.02.2008, 06:53

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Let me explain where I'm coming from. I live in a city with the second highest rate of commuter traffic in the country. Our highways are choked with cars every morning and evening. When things are going smoothly, it only takes one accident for the traffic to grind to a halt for hours. The commuter mood is pretty ugly when they finally get to the office.

I have an interest in telecommuting. I even dedicated my web site to the subject. I am always looking for ideas on how we can communicate and do business on line. So, I say, keep the discussion open and let's hear what y'all have to say.
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Westcoast Posted: 04.02.2008, 15:09

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Guys,

[u]First[/u] of all, I'm volunteering to mentor. As everybody's hub manager, that's what I'm supposed to be doing in the first place. However, most new pilots never make contact with me, and so it's hard to know what they might need. So, the basic idea here is to REQUIRE all new pilots to make and sustain contact with a mentor. In order to do that, we need more than one person to serve as a mentor to make sure that the mentor has sufficient time to do a good job. Anyhow, count me in.

[u]Second[/u], it has been my (long) experience with volunteer organizations that the trick is to accept what every member brings to the party gratefully and to try to make best use of that. Each of us has his contribution to make. What counts is what it is, not what it isn't. I value both what Bob and Naresh have brought to this organization. Surely we can find a way to use both contributions. Let's not let the best be the enemy of the good. Certainly we have the tools available now to manage a mentor program. However, if we can develop something we can afford in the background that makes it better, let's keep our minds open.

Mike

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SteveL Posted: 05.02.2008, 20:55

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I think Bob said it best when he said,
"I'd rather be flying"...Oh wait, that's part of his auto response.

For those that have the time to mentor, bravo zulu to you. It could be a great for the newer pilots.

I would love to help, but my life is kind of stuck in the real world these days. The limited free time I do have (till this vid card croaks for good), is spent flying.

I'm sorry I don't post as often as I used to, but I have chosen to prioritize.

Good luck boys..

Steve


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Stumpjumper Posted: 15.02.2008, 21:39

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I'd be willing to give it a shot~~~I feel that to mentor a new pilot to SPA specs and performance, you need to do it one on one, with teamspeak doin' the talking. It's a whole lot easier to answer a bunch of questions verbally than typing back and forth, wouldn't you agree?
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Anonymous Posted: 16.02.2008, 13:01
Unregistered User Teamspeak would be my first choice, but I think it depends on the new pilot, too. Some need no help at all, and some will need or want lots.

I don't think anyone envisions this as a full-blown training program. We just want to make sure that new pilots aren't being "balked" by not knowing what to do next, or how to do it. Things like FSACARS, flying on line, or even Teamspeak, can frustrate folks. One of the goals would be to go through a checklist of those things. Another goal would be to give the new pilot a go-to person for questions or problems.

Personally, I think we're always going to have a lot of folks who sign up, and then decide this isn't for them, for one reason or another. That's okay. But we want to make sure that nobody's leaving because they didn't know what to do next, or for lack of personal contact.

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