Looking for a CFI - not that easy

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Re: Looking for a CFI - not that easy

Postby chicagorandy » Fri May 04, 2018 12:05 pm

I applaud the comment - "Learning to fly IS flying".

Those of us who want to start to learn at an advanced age and limited resources get hope and comfort from the notion that learning, wherever and however often you can, still allows a person to experience the wonder of flight.

Thanks

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Re: Looking for a CFI - not that easy

Postby sportflugzeug » Fri May 04, 2018 2:06 pm

My fifth flight is tomorrow. When I first met my CFI, I told him that I wanted one plane to train on; the same plane that I would have for my check ride. I also brought up that I wanted him to be my CFI during my entire training; I asked if he was just building hours and then he would move on to bigger and better things.

He said one plane one CFI. :D

I’ve read to many stories on here that switching CFI can be hazardous to training, as well as switching up planes.

Though I have a 5+ hour roudtrip drive for flight training, I love the plane I am training on and my CFI is awesome. It is worth the trip!

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Re: Looking for a CFI - not that easy

Postby TimTaylor » Fri May 04, 2018 2:27 pm

Maybe you could "double up." Drive over early in the morning and have a morning lesson. Go eat lunch and rest a while, then have an afternoon lesson. Drive home in time to get to bed at a reasonable hour.
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Re: Looking for a CFI - not that easy

Postby sportflugzeug » Fri May 04, 2018 2:54 pm

Tim,
I like that idea. Fly am, do the city of Chicago, fly pm.

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Re: Looking for a CFI - not that easy

Postby TimTaylor » Fri May 04, 2018 3:06 pm

sportflugzeug wrote:Tim,
I like that idea. Fly am, do the city of Chicago, fly pm.

That's how we did my Sport seaplane endorsement and it worked very well. Flew about 2 hours in am, lunch, then flew about 2 hours in pm. Had check ride with another CFI on day 2.
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Re: Looking for a CFI - not that easy

Postby drseti » Fri May 04, 2018 3:36 pm

Type47 wrote: If I want to get my private, maybe 6 hours of additional training in my own plane?


More like 10. You need to do your airspace training (unless you already have the endorsement), night flying (including a night XC), flight solely by reference to instruments, the longer 3-leg, 150 nm solo XC (unless you already did that), and 3 hours minimum in preparation for the checkride.
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Re: Looking for a CFI - not that easy

Postby TimTaylor » Fri May 04, 2018 3:43 pm

Plus another written and another check ride.
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Re: Looking for a CFI - not that easy

Postby 3Dreaming » Fri May 04, 2018 4:37 pm

drseti wrote:
Type47 wrote: If I want to get my private, maybe 6 hours of additional training in my own plane?


More like 10. You need to do your airspace training (unless you already have the endorsement), night flying (including a night XC), flight solely by reference to instruments, the longer 3-leg, 150 nm solo XC (unless you already did that), and 3 hours minimum in preparation for the checkride.


The airspace endorsement really doesn't do you much good for the private pilot, because the 3 TO and landings must be solo for the private.

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Re: Looking for a CFI - not that easy

Postby Type47 » Sat May 05, 2018 8:56 pm

drseti wrote:
Type47 wrote: If I want to get my private, maybe 6 hours of additional training in my own plane?


More like 10. You need to do your airspace training (unless you already have the endorsement), night flying (including a night XC), flight solely by reference to instruments, the longer 3-leg, 150 nm solo XC (unless you already did that), and 3 hours minimum in preparation for the checkride.


At 180 + hours flying and constant studying, I am confident I can pass the written with little prep at this point.
Just need night cc and instrument flight then on to the checkride prep.

I am more likely to just go up with an instructor for a couple hours here and there just because I want to learn and experience flying at night and who can’t benefit from instrument training?
That would check off those boxes.

Then I could keep flying and adding hours until the time if or when I want to go for PP.

Maybe one of my biannual flight reviews becomes checkride prep and practical test.

Of course, I have thought of it. But I have no current plans.
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Re: Looking for a CFI - not that easy

Postby Jim Hardin » Sun May 06, 2018 8:18 am

sportflugzeug wrote:My fifth flight is tomorrow. When I first met my CFI, I told him that I wanted one plane to train on; the same plane that I would have for my check ride. I also brought up that I wanted him to be my CFI during my entire training; I asked if he was just building hours and then he would move on to bigger and better things.

He said one plane one CFI. :D

I’ve read to many stories on here that switching CFI can be hazardous to training, as well as switching up planes.


If 'one plane' means the same make and model then that is a good idea. I used 3 during my initial Student to PP path. When our C 150 was down, I went up in the C 172. Different but it was still Flying!

Same Instructor - good as long as you like them and feel they are concerned with your best interest and not just following the syllabus. And that instructor attitude trumps all else! Why would you care if he want to build time and move on. If he is a professional his end game will have no bearing on his instruction.

If you don't like him or have any reservation about them, then try another one and see what happens! You are paying a lot of money. Spend it on Satisfaction not on being uncomfortable :wink:

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Re: Looking for a CFI - not that easy

Postby sportflugzeug » Sun May 06, 2018 10:30 am

My CFI and I just “clicked” when I was introduced to him. He is extremely friendly, patient, and understanding.


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