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Holtzy3

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Well great and bad news:
bad news first, my instructor canceled our flight for today saying the wind was too bad and he had another charter flight, we rescheduled for thursday.

great news, our A-hole partner just sent out an email saying he will be selling his share!!!
 

Holtzy3

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I do to think he would care, he would probably be on a charter flight less than 5 minutes later
 

Brian Clayton

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Seems like in your area it would be easy to find another CFI. I feel very lucky to have found a CFI who is interested in me becoming a safe, competent pilot in a reasonable amount of time. Not someone just "building hours" or with another job that takes precedence. Unless he is in the air with another student or the weather is bad, he is available when I am. I had a opportunity to use a friends airplane for free, just pay for fuel and the cfi....but that cfi was never available. It would have saved me 120.00/hour from what I am paying now, but the savings are moot if you cant get it done.
 

Holtzy3

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Actually there are no CFIs at my airport, the one I'm using now drives about 10 miles to my airport and he's the only one at that airport, there are 2 other airports within a 5 minute flight but they're on the other side of some hills and a small mountain (3800ft) so driving from there is at least a half hour drive. At those two airports, CFIs are a dime a dozen
 

BBerson

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So why don't you fly to the nearby airport and meet an instructor?
I assume you have soloed.
 

WonderousMountain

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Walk a mountain to get instruction,

May still find the 152 boring, but after the mountain you'll be happy to be sitting down!

Bitransportational Holtzy
 

1Bad88

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Could you have one of the instructors fly to your airport at your cost and then go fly your 152 for instruction? If it costs 20 minutes of time at $120 / hr per lesson that would be an additional $40 each time. Make sure your lessons are long to minimize the extra fees.
 

Brian Clayton

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You might be surprised. Just cause a CFI flies out of one of the other airports, doesnt mean he lives nearer there than your home airport. His commute might be closer to your airport. Besides, if instructing is his living, a 30 minute commute might not be a deal breaker anyway. Never know till you ask.....
 

bmcj

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Brian Clayton

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Not to sound ugly about this...... But you dont owe the CFI you have been using anything. You are the paying customer, and he cannot provide service. No reason you should have to cater to his schedule if you dont want to. The hours you have logged with him are still valid, he cant take them from you. Just quit wasting time on him and move on to someone who is interested in teaching you, not just using your money/airplane to get hours. From the problems you describe, the problem is not you...its him.

Your problem is not unique to your situation. Between rental planes breaking and "busy" CFI's, a friend of mine ended up with over 100 hrs for his PPL. The last one just quit calling back when he really only needed his signoff for the checkride. He had to find another, fly the min 3 hrs and get the new CFI's signoff. Another friend has issues right at the finish up point too with a different CFI/state...Crazy....
 

Holtzy3

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Yet another cancellation, we have a new buyer for the share of the airplane just awaiting confirmation, still haven't found a new instructor...
 

TFF

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Very few at a young age can pull off their dream. Good for you. Lots of people have the same dream but don’t get there so don’t hold it against us. You just happen to be that one in a thousand. Most comments are for the other 999 that don’t make it.
 

flyrite

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Flying is mostly boring. That's why we discuss airplane design here.
I agree that your mindset is why I’ve seen many of my friends buy a plane, spend their first year of two boring holes in the sky , Then the awe of just getting up leaves them and they either sell or the plane turns to a hanger queen.
Seen it many many times. If that’s all I did I would have moved on also. I can honestly say I enjoy my daily flying (average 2 hours a day) as much now as I ever have. Stop counting hours The key is to keep it fun. Get into Aerobatics’s or Backcountry or etc. etc.
 
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