....or is it 3.0, or 4.0, or something, anyway I am trying something different. I have struggled to get the right instructor and situation to complete my training. I have completed my written and I ncluding my hood time for my Private, I have more than 15 hours under the hood with a CFII. I had a guy who is a good instructor, come to town for a few days. I paid him very handsomely for two and a half days plus put him up in a hotel. I got six hours logged out of it and a bunch of ground school that covered things I can learn on my own and other things that I already feel comfortable with. The worst of it was that he came across as abrasive and caustic which was not an environment for efficient learning. Previous to him I had flown with someone who is a good instructor but is fifty or so miles away, so that wasn’t working out great, mainly because of the ferrying back and forth. There is a local CFI that I have known for a while who told me that only the last three hours must be done with a CFII. He is a reasonably good instructor with a very reasonable rate. He says he can get me there. Whether or not it is true that only the last three hours must be done with a CFII should be a non issue as far as that goes since I already have fifteen hours hood time logged with a CFII. My thinking now is to take the local CFI to the old instructor fifty miles away and have a meeting. If the CFII flies a check with me occasionally as I move along and then finishes me up for the checkride while the local CFI flies with me as an instructing Safety pilot, it might work. The remote instructor has said that I should get a safety pilot and practice rather than paying him to do it, but I can’t really find anyone on the field to safety for me. The local instructor doesn’t charge much and it might very well be that he can teach me all of it such that all I will need to do is fly the last hours with the the remote guy and let him set up the checkride. Thoughts? Since none of you to know the detailed background, feel free to ask questions and thanks for your thoughts.