Problems with my instructor

Discussion in 'Pilot Training' started by Naiara, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. jordane93

    jordane93 Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    You can try a flight with another instructor. Maybe your personalities are not meshing.
     
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    or not meshing.
     
  3. jordane93

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    Edited. That's what I meant!
     
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    I think distraction is a reasonable lesson to learn and be taught. However, there is no prescribed response to managing distraction. If your CFI is testing your ability to multi-task by throwing curves at you, then you can respond by focusing only on what matters. In my case, he would ask me about lost comm procedure while I'm shooting an approach (e.g., "What would you do if...") - my response initially was to answer him which would then lead me to miss something in the approach. My revised answer was "I'm focusing on this approach right now. Let us talk about this in a while." Other than a simulated or actual equipment failure, shut the F up and stop talking until I'm done.
     
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    THIS.
     
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  6. jordane93

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    The notion that a CFI has to constantly talk is wrong. It's the biggest weakness I see in new CFIs. There is a time to talk and a time to shut up:)
     
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    Like CFIs, Barbers need a license too... But there are still good barbers and not-so-good barbers. Drop him like a bad habit and find another... I had 6 different instructors ranging from hot-shot, to hot-head, from too timid, to overly aggressive. Finally I found the Perfect fit (for me)... Communications between you and your CFI is like your engine. If either quits, so does the lesson/learning.
     
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    I'm going to focus something I think has not been mentioned enough. When considering an instructor change, one of the things we worry about is the effect on our progress. Will we end up repeating things and, if so, how much?

    If that's a worry, you might be surprised how little it can be. In my primary training, I wasn't faced with an incompatible instructor. Instead, I had a CFI change when my instructor left while I was on vacation.

    My reaction when I returned was dismay. I was close to solo but still had a huge problem with landing consistency (I'm being very kind to myself saying that). At this rate, having to start working with a new instructor, I thought I'd never solo.

    I soloed on my second lesson with the new CFI.
     
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  9. Naiara

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    Thanks so much to everybody advice ! this is great staff and a big help. I going to try with another instructor and now that I have a little more experience I ll talk very clear about expectations and ways to work with my new instructor. Now I understand that is something I should do it from the beginning with my current instructor, I just didn't know any better. And now is too late to fix it.
     
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    It's your money. You're the customer. You are hiring the instructor, and you can fire him. Regardless of whether it's a good or bad relationship, different people have different strengths and weaknesses and have different ways of saying and demonstrating things.

    I've often told my students that one instructor might tell you something 100 times, and then someone else comes along and says essentially the same thing, but in a slightly different way, and all of the sudden it clicks. You get it.

    It's far past time for you to try another instructor. Never be afraid or ashamed to take you money somewhere else.

    Best of luck and keep us posted.

    PJ
     
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