||[Dec. 30th, 2005|06:26 pm]
Last night I went flying with a crazy instructor|
He had a cool irish/english accent, but didn't seem to be willing to let me fly the plane for longer than 30 seconds at a time and wanted to "demonstrate" all the maneuvers. This is a bad sign, since basicly everything I've read claims "demonstration" is a bogus training method that no competent instructor will use.
He was also late to the appointment, seemed rushed and anxious the entire time, and claimed that spending any time on anything beyond simple maneuvers in the first 10 (!) lessons was not worth it. That might seem reasonable, but keep in mind that there's about 20-25 minutes of flight including taxi, takeoff, landing, and flying each way to the "practice area" which could be used to take even early students through the methods flying near an airport.
When I had spoken with him previously, he was quite a bit calmer and willing to explain things slowly, which is why I took the flight (the only negative sign I had was that he almost angry that I was talking to other instructors).
One benefit of his being late was I got some night flying experience (it became dark while we were out over the pacific). Of course, he hadn't done any night flying in a while, and the PAO controller had to ask us if we saw the airport "well duh, that's were we're going!" and then tell us we were headed to Moffett and not PAO (I had originally pointed the plane at PAO, because that's where the Dunbarton bridge was, but he was convinced it was San Carlos and the San Mateo bridge, so we went further south). He also couldn't remember the plane's call sign once it got dark (its printed on the dashboard, but not lit up), which is probably excusable to some extent.
I'll be calling the other instructor back.
Tomorrow is New Year's eve. Airfare to the other side of the country was way expensive this year so I'm going to be in the Bay Area. Anyone have any plans?