After thinking about it for years, I started my pilot training a month ago. I picked a private CFI who had access to couple of Cessna's. I was referred to him through a distant friend. He seemed very busy with his schedule but he assured to accommodate me for two times a week. We flew two lessons on the first two weeks. More on those flight experience later (but I can say the experience was very different than I have heard/read). After the first two lessons, I was stood up a few times at the airport for various reasons from this CFI. I understand life happens to people so I shrugged it for the first two times. When it happened for the third consecutive time with some silly excuse, I decided to stop and look elsewhere. I paid money in advance and he is open to paying the remaining back. Since that experience, I inquired a local flight school in Chandler. They have a wait period of 4 months (yes you need to wait to pay them 15K to get trained It's understandable coz they are unable to retain quality CFIs. I started inquiring other private CFI's and among the two I met I don't have that warm and fuzzy (given what I have gone through). I still have a lot enthusiasm to learn. I am 80% into preparing for the written test, bought headsets, ipad, foreflight etc., The question is: 1. Should I wait for the reputed flight school for 3 or 4 months 2. Should I continue looking for private CFI. I want to stay local to Chandler, AZ for training coz of proximity from where I live. 3. Are there alternatives to the above I am looking to fly two times a week at least. Any recommendations for any of the points above would be great. Alternatively, suggest CFI names that you trust in the Chandler area through a private message (please!) Sincerely, An Aspiring Student Pilot!