I have chosen to follow a Flight Instructor’s Code of Conduct based on the Aviator’s Model Code of Conduct.
My tailored Code of Conduct Summary is available here:
I. General Responsibilities of Instructors
make safety a cultural value,
seek excellence in airmanship,
develop, exercise, and teach good judgment and aeronautical decision-making,
recognize and manage risks effectively, and teach sound principles of risk management,
demonstrate and teach situational awareness, prudent operating practices and personal operating parameters (e.g., minimums),
aspire to professionalism,
act with responsibility and courtesy, and
adhere to applicable laws and regulations.
II. Students, Passengers, and People on the Surface
promote and maintain student and passenger safety, and then reasonable student and passenger comfort,
manage risk and avoid unnecessary risk to students, passengers, people and property on the surface, and people in other aircraft,
brief and de-brief students on planned flight lessons and inform them of any significant or unusual risk associated with the flight,
seek to prevent unsafe conduct by students and passengers, and
avoid operations that may alarm, disturb, or endanger students, passengers or people on the surface.
III. Training and Proficiency
participate in regular recurrent training to maintain and improve instructor proficiency beyond legal requirements,
participate in flight safety education programs,
remain vigilant and avoid complacency,
train to recognize and deal effectively with emergencies,
plan every lesson carefully,
follow a training syllabus and ensure students are progressing, and
maintain an accurate log to satisfy training, currency requirements, endorsements given, and maneuvers practiced, for both instructor and student.
seek to maintain the security of all persons and property associated with their aviation activities,
remain vigilant and immediately report suspicious, reckless, or illegal activities,
become familiar with the latest security regulations, and
avoid special-use airspace except when approved or necessary in an emergency.
V. Environmental Issues
teach and seek to mitigate the environmental impact of aircraft operations,
minimize the discharge of fuel, oil, and other chemicals into the environment during refueling, preflight preparations, ground, servicing, and flight operations,
respect and protect environmentally sensitive areas, and set such examples for students
comply with and teach applicable noise-abatement procedures and mitigate aircraft noise near noise-sensitive areas, and
review and adhere to prudent hazardous materials handling procedures.
VI. Use of Technology
become familiar with, properly use, and teach appropriate technologies,
teach students to monitor applicable airport advisory frequencies and report position accurately when approaching airports without an operating control tower and other higher-risk areas, if radio-equipped,
use transponders or other position-indicating technologies during training flights, if available or otherwise directed by ATC, and use ATC radar advisories for VFR enroute operations,
carry redundant transceivers and navigational equipment and use them in appropriate circumstances, and
use flight simulators and training devices as available and appropriate.
VII. Advancement and Promotion of Aviation Instruction
advance and promote aviation safety and adherence to the Code of Conduct,
volunteer in and contribute to organizations that promote aviation and airports, and should use their skills to contribute to society at large – and encourage their students to do so too,
demonstrate appreciation for other aviation professionals and service providers,
advance a training culture that values openness, humility, integrity, positive attitudes, and the pursuit of personal improvement,
promote ethical behavior within the aviation community, and mentor new and future instructors.