As aviation educators and flight students, we finally can enjoy the amazing new technology that makes learning much more efficient and enjoyable. “Artificial intelligence” or “machine learning” are really not about scary robots taking over our lives. “Intelligent technology” is more accurately the incrementally increasing difficulty that is the heart of every video game. Using this same “learning technology” to your advantage makes your aviation education much more efficient and enjoyable.

To help you pass your instrument knowledge test, the new GoldMethod program learns which aviation questions are most difficult for you in your study and refocus your effort specifically in these problem areas. After you take the first quiz (and reliably miss some questions) all future versions of that same material focus specifically on the areas where you have demonstrated weakness. Easy questions you have mastered disappear as you progress. These technology tools enable more rapid, thorough learning (rather that the usual rote memorization) for FAA tests. Especially with the new ACS integrated knowledge/skill format thorough learning of the knowledge elements is critical.  This proven pedagogical technique, know as “dynamic persistence factor,”  is as old as Aristotle but is now leveraged with on-line teaching technology thanks to Gold Seal (the first company to put a private pilot ground school on the internet).

Not only is the GoldMethod more efficient at improving your knowledge base and recall, it is more motivating and fun, incorporating a social sharing function with badges and a leaderboard. You can have fun competing with your friends as you learn; have you noticed pilots are kind of competitive? Why slog mindlessly through the same knowledge bank questions you already know? GoldMethod optimizes your effort with this new technology and raises the “intellectual resistance level” as you improve.

The IFR intelligence-based software is only $99 and it’s so efficient Gold Seal guarantees your success; they will actually pay for your test if you fail! For members of SAFE you can access this new instrument course for only $29! (and yes our membership is still only $45 a year)  Gold Seal is donating all this money to SAFE during this promotion (group hug!) This is a limited Sun ‘N Fun promotion so jump on it now and turbocharge your aviation learning.

All proceeds from the special SAFE/GoldMethod Promotion go directly to SAFE!
The folks at Gold Seal have made this program available at a deeply discounted price and donate all proceeds to our organization! (Group hug!)

SAFE provides resources for educational excellence and professionalism and Gold Seal’s new GoldMethod perfectly exemplifies these ideals. SAFE CFIs also get a free access to the related FAA Ground School website to create their own personal website and track their students as they progress. Leverage Gold Seal technology for faster and more effective aviation learning.

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About the author 

David St. George (Lifetime Member)

David St. George learned to fly at Flanders Valley Airport in 1970. Proving that everyone is eventually trainable, he became an FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor for airplanes (single and multi, instrument, and glider) and serves the Rochester FSDO as an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. In this capacity, he gives flight tests at any level from sport pilot to ATP and CFI. For 25 years David was East Hill Flying Club's 141 Chief Instructor and manager. David holds multi and single engine ATP pilot certificates, with pilot ratings for glider and seaplane and several jet type ratings. He recently earned his 13th renewal as a Master Instructor and owns an Aeronca Champ so he can build hours for that airline job!

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