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tpstrat14User is Offline
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04/30/2013 11:56 AM  
I just scheduled my first lesson and am thinking of canceling it. What really makes me nervous is not in my motor skills and ability to pick it up quickly, but the fact that the instructor I was just talking to didn't want to hear my concerns about safety. I asked for the more experienced pilot and he seemed insulted. He said "We're all experienced. It's like you're asking about the difference between a driver that's driven for 9 years and a driver whose driven for 12 years. The driver whose driven for 9 years may actually be a better driver". True, but all other things equal, the pilot with more experience will probably be more likely to correct my mess-ups and avoid a crash!!!!!. The fact that the dude I just talked to kind of disregarded my concerns is a problem for me. I want to fly helicopters for a living, but I don't think I'll be able to do that if I'm don't feel comfortable. I will feel way more comfortable sitting next to someone that has 900 hours flight time in the squirrelly R22 than someone who has 200 hours!!! How realistic is it to demand the more experienced instructors at the flight school I choose to attend?
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04/30/2013 12:30 PM  
If you don't feel comfortable with a particular CFI don't fly with him. They shouldn't get insulted by your request (unless perhaps it was they way you said it). If they rub you the wrong way at that school, find another, there are plenty! Remember, it's your money!
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04/30/2013 1:22 PM  
It is your money and your concern! So, ask for another instructor. Perhaps it was the way things were perceived or said and the intent was misunderstood It could be the instructor you were talking to is a good CFI and you just don't mesh with him/her? The high time CFI may not always be the best fit for you either. Don't be afraid to discuss it with him or the Chief CFI. I certainly wouldn't be offended. In fact, I have often told students to chat with other instructors and see if there is a better fit or preference. Military doesn't get that option and you often may fly with a different instructor every time you fly!
It is a challenging endeavor and takes a lot of commitment. Hang in there if it is what you really want.
Semper Fi

Risk is the price you pay to avoid a dull life.
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