We hope your time as a student will be a productive and satisfying learning experience for you.
As a staff group, we believe that being a student pilot carries with it certain rights and responsibilities, as does being a staff member.
In setting out some of these rights and responsibilities we aim to clarify:
What you, as a student pilot, can reasonably expect of us, and;
Our expectation of you, as a student pilot.
We value things like excellence, honesty, co-operation, respect for others as individuals, and fairness. From our side, then, you can expect us to show that respect and concern for you by:
- taking care not to in any way exploit our position of relative power and authority in relation to you
- treating you with the courtesy and respect we would want for ourselves
- accommodating and respecting your different points of view
- treating you as associates in the learning experience
- being punctual
- being honest with you about our mistakes and oversights if we make them;
- listening to you and responding to your needs, as best we can
- being available for student consultation and responding to your calls and messages as promptly as we can (please attempt to make an appointment and
- bring your regular instructor with you)
- being fair in assessing your work and being willing to regularly reflect on our own human biases regarding age, gender, ethnicity, place of
- residence, etc. We aim to be mindful of their potential influence
- You can expect us to seek and encourage regular feedback from you on:
- the quality of our teaching performance
- the quality of your learning experience as a whole
You can also expect us to provide feedback for you by:
making reasonable efforts to provide written and/or verbal comments in such a manner that you might reasonably learn from the experience.
We will be trying to conduct ourselves in a professional manner as educators, so you can also expect us to:
- provide the best quality education possible in the available circumstances
- show enthusiasm for our subject(s)
- do our best to keep abreast of current technology in our field
- be familiar with key resources and references
- keep to scheduled times
- hold high expectations of you, as students and be willing to offer support to help you reach your best standard
- spare you the burden of listening to improper public discussion on staff problems and conflicts should they arise. Our problems should not become yours
We will expect of you, as student pilots, that you:
- treat us with the courtesy and respect you would want for yourself
- are also punctual and prepared for classes and your programmed flights
- take serious responsibility for your own learning. We can do many things, but we cannot make you learn. Only you can
- conduct yourself with consideration and regard for your fellow student pilots
- will and should seek help and advice and clarification from staff when you need it.
We believe you have rights in this learning association.
- You should not tolerate unfair discriminations
- You have the right to offer feedback to staff even if it has not been expressly solicited
- You have the right to seek a second opinion on assessment matters where you have strong reason to believe you are being unfairly treated, and where you have tried unsuccessfully to negotiate and discuss the matter
- You have the right to complain to the Instructor, Chief Instructor or Chief Flying Instructor (in that order) if you believe a staff member is behaving unacceptably.
Believe our staff has rights, too, in this association.
- Staff have the right to expect student pilots to also be mindful of the potential influence of students’ own human biases (re age, gender, ethnicity, etc) when evaluating staff performance
- Staff have the right not to be harassed by students, or be subjected to unreasonable behaviour.
We look forward to working with you at Australian Pilot Training Alliance.