QUOTE(c150student @ Feb 16 2007, 12:54 AM) [snapback]113236[/snapback]
Thanks again! Though this is my 7th instructor to date (the rest quit after being in the plane with me), its still difficult when techniques taught by previous instructors dont match with the new ones, and then its hard to decipher the best way of doing things.
Oh, and its a he. I'll be blessed if my next instructor is a she (with a few other criteria). Give me an extra incentive to fly the plane right!
Hey, if your instructors can`t handle you then, have a con-fab, maybe you are doing something they can`t handle. Or maybe you have had a continous string of DO DO (as in the bird) instructors.
If I may, all an instructor wants, is for you to fly so safely that it is virtually impossible for you to die or injure yourself or anyone else and - for you to be a great pilot. (The last bit is more on how you achieve the first bit, if you get my drift)
. . .and to drive the aeroplane skillfully . . and thats all there is to it.
. . .and to make you into a Commander . . .
. . .and do all your paperwork, pass all your exams and get better and better . . .
. . and be nice . . which you are. . .
. . and to stop getting lost . . .
. . .and to be cool and quiet . . . (actually, forget the "quiet" - have you ever been to a fighter pilot p--- up? in the pub . . seriously "un-quiet"!!
Female Instructors are a great creation. They just want the job done. They don`t give a monkies what you think of them. They would like to see a result. They don`t "judge" you and compare you to themselves. they are most forgiving if a stray word rocks the air as they do not imagine it is aimed at them.
Chaps on the other hand, mostly, have to have the core inside honoured and acknowledged, this works with coffees - like giving and ice cream to a baby. If you are in awe of one - then you have a diety on your side. If you rough him up the wrong way it could be delicate. With chaps there is coalition first, detente and lets get it on. some chaps are so great you would follow them through fire because - "those" are SO concentrating on getting the job done - and know they have such stature that they do not need to be defensive. Here you have a pragmatic person. Like the chick - Pragmatic.
If you show them (Chaps or Chappesses - that you REALLY want to be able to fly, more than anything else in the world, they will always meet you half way, unless you came to the club via the route past the stables and brought a load of manure with you on your shoe, LOL, there is always another way to skin a cat, to do something. You must press on. Maybe you need a harder instructor or a softer instructor - but find one who makes learning fun, who causes you to learn as opposed to just teaching you.
A good instructor can teach a King or a Serf.
Some students are a dream to train - others are hard work.
Being a student pilot is either great fun or a f--g nightmare, or simply just, ok, depending on the day.
Its all a big psychological game of finding a slot, getting into it and becoming a Chrysilis (spelling)
- you have to become one of these before you can fly like a butterfly or even an eagle.
If you want this, and are determined and can afford the training and your performance is s--t, then there is work to be done. Avoid all those who negate the situation with no light at the end of the tunnel.
Unless, it is OBVIOUSLY, OBVIOUSLY not for you.
Comparisons. this is a good trick. once upon a time yours truly just could not get the circuit (pattern) tidy.
In this pattern I could not get the perfection required - there IS a certain level of perfection, for a good landing is the result of a good approach. yup.
So, one day we went off to fly the navigation route from hell. It was extremely hot +100deg F minimum, and there was this poxy haze making nav very difficult. Not only but also, on arriving at Dest, I was landing, the instructor took the aircraft and raised the nose from whatever attitude it was in and with a cool blip on the stall warner touched down. We were landing West in the afternoon in the Haze - baaad news!
The return journey was equally `dolci` in the sense it was hot and one could not see jack diddly poop.
However - the circuit at our base aerodrome was as welcoming as Big Momma and Apple Pie and I entered the circuit and greased it on. Although really hacked off, irritable and soaked, but soaked, in sweat.
Moral? If you are having a hard time not getting it when you know you should have it by now, then try something most arduous and your insurmountable task will seem like a walk in the park in comparison to what you have just put yourself through.