Eric Hineman - Flight Instructor

Aspen Flying Club

Flight Instructor: CFI, CFII, MEI
Certificates Held: Airline Transport Pilot Single Engine Land, Airline Transport Pilot Multi Engine Land, Instrument Rated
Education: Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Eric went on his fist flight in 1996 in a Beechcraft Twin Bonanza and has been hooked over since! He started his flight training in Iowa in 2000 and went for his Private Pilot Checkride on September 11, 2001. Since then, his passion for aviation has only grown. Eric earned his initial CFI rating in 2005 and has been an active flight instructor since then. Eric has flown all over the U.S. and has experience in a variety of aircraft, in a variety of weather, with a number of great stories as well!

Eric also has extensive aircraft maintenance background on multiple aircraft types, his experience in maintenance will help you better understand aircraft systems. Eric also has extensive G1000 and Technologically Advanced Aircraft experience as he learned the intricacies of the G1000 when he attended the Cessna factory training in Wichita, Kansas. Eric also has an extensive background in Aviation Safety, Aircraft Accident Investigation, and Human Factors.

Whether you are flying for fun, looking to expand your aviation experience, or working towards a professional career in aviation, come fly with Eric and take your next step towards your aviation goal.

5 useful questions to ask an instructor:

Why did you become a flight instructor?
Regardless of the answer, the way an instructor talks about why they fly is what is important. Look for someone that is excited by teaching. They should have a genuine interest in giving others the gift of flight.

How long have you been flight instructing?
Some Instructors have thousands of hours under their belts and have been flight instructing for their entire careers. Others have a few hundred and are just beginning. A seasoned instructor will have a lot of experience but may have a set teaching style. A freshly minted instructor has less aircraft time but is able to relate to common learning obstacles, having undergone their own flight training in the not too distant past. There are advantages to both types of instructor.

How do you keep track of your student’s progress?
Using a syllabus is essential so that both student and instructor can track progress and milestones so make sure your instructor uses one. Talk to other students and ask them what kind of reading their doing, what books they’re using and the type of homework they’re getting. There should ALWAYS have some type of “homework” assignment at the end of each lesson.

What is your availability?
Some instructors are part-time and work separate jobs during the week. Others are full-time, but may want to have personal and family time on the weekends. Find an instructor with compatible availability. Flying at least twice a week is the best way to progress quickly through accomplishments with less effort and less overall costs. Choosing an instructor that is able to fly on the same schedule helps to keep flight training on a consistent path.

I’ve heard people talk about “stalling an airplane.” Can you tell me what it means?
This is a classic question. Regardless of knowing what an “aircraft stall” is or not, how an instructor explains this concept will give great insight into how they can explain concepts. Are they patient? Do they use simple terminology that is easy to understand? Do they ask questions to make sure their student understands, or do they over simplify to brush off the question? Find an instructor whose instructing style is a good match.