Tuesday, July 08
Selecting an instructor
By Brady Lane at 9:45 AM
This was a fun process.
After meeting with each instructor, I was just itching to go flying. They really got me excited to begin lessons.
I took my time looking for an instructor because selecting a good instructor is huge. Think about it - I’m going to be spending 30+ hours in a confined area with this person while trying to learn new and challenging skills.
I started at www.sportpilot.org/instructors. Here, you can search a database of instructors in your area. After doing this I asked around to some of my pilot friends to see who they recommended (and didn’t recommend).
I then wanted to meet face-to-face with three instructors to help me make a decision.
I was mainly looking to see how our personalities matched up. Do we communicate well? Is this somebody I feel comfortable with? Here are the questions I asked each instructor...(PDF).
Now I have a tough decision. Since I’m completely comfortable personality-wise and competency-wise with each of them, here are some factors that I’m considering in making my decision...
- proximity (one is here in Oshkosh, two are about 45 minutes away)
- experience (two have numerous years of experience, one is freshly trained)
- aircraft (one is a tailwheel, two are nosewheel planes)
- price (they are all about the same, but one is $20 more/hr.)
With AirVenture around the corner, I'll likely have to wait til August to begin. But that's OK. AirVenture's worth it.