Originally Posted by TiredSoul
When I had initial CFI applicants training I would have them teach a steep turn at PPL ( pre solo) level and teach a steep turn at CPL applicant level. There is a lot of difference.
Really? Besides 5 degrees of bank and doing the 2nd turn immediately thereafter, what's the difference?
This is something that is unfortunately perpetuated a lot in CFI checks and training, that the "knowledge level" for Commercial vs. Private is different, as in you go into more depth in systems or something. Nowhere does it tell you to do that. Now, as a CFI, you must understand the theory, aerodynamics, steps, errors, instructional knowledge, etc., but as far as teaching it, you are teaching them to meet the standards. If there are more areas specified in the PTS/ACS, then you have more areas to demonstrate knowledge on, but if not (which is the case much of the time), it's the same level. It's a false idea to think that a Commercial student won't kill you just as dead as a Private one, and that you won't see the same exact errors from both, just possibly that you might see them to different extents, but even assuming that is a bad idea IME.