WDD wrote:So.... back to the topic.
New guy to flying here. Just passed my written (95%) and am now looking for an instructor. Why not a PPL? Seems to be the question every local CFI asked me.
Seems Sport Pilots aren't real pilots, you can only fly around your home airport, you can never rent a plane, "we don't teach that", there are only 150 recreational pilots which means this type of license is no good, you can only fly tiny clown car planes, and something else about causing global warming. Think about it. I tell them I want to give them money to rent their airplane and pay them to teach me, and I see their planes aren't flying all the time and instructors need hours to get their commercial. And they'd rather not.
Net-net, the GA community around here not very friendly, and not on your side. So no, I'm not going to discuss anything about my health, background, reasons for flying, what kind of car I drive - nothing besides my name, rank, and serial number. Why would I?
So it seems that if you have kidney stones you can't get a medical? What about a plantar wart on your foot? And that is the other reason I'm doing Sport. I get the sense that if I sneeze the wrong way I'm barred for life from getting a 3rd class, and barred for life from a Sport Pilot license.
I can do both sides of the coin. As a CFI when introduced to a perspective customer, I inquire about going the Private Pilot path. Many are just plain stingy and the 20 hours vs. 40 really sounds $$$ to them. Pretty weak argument when you explain that it is performance based. Likewise they may not be aware of the Basic Med. A CFI cannot assume that everyone has their motivations
and should be treated that way. One of mine wanted a Sport Pilot as a stepping stone while he finished High School on his way to a airline pilot career via Embry-Riddle. Should my approach with him be the same as everyone else? And just so you know, Instructors already have a Commercial Certificate.
With the right endorsements, a Sport Pilot is free to fly pretty much anywhere. But the fact that they do not know that and won't admit it is discouraging.
I would also consider talking with the owner. If you get lucky, he will be one who recognizes you as a Customer
and is ready to make sure your needs are being met!
Last resort? Ultralights
They are not regulated but getting some dual in GA or LSA is recommended.