I have never quit anything in my life that I really wanted to do but today, after 9 + hours I have had enough of this arrogant instructor. Nothing I do is right. For example today, I taxied either too fast or too slow, 3000 feet doesn’t mean 3005 or 2995 feet. A heading of 130 doesn’t mean 131 or 129 no matter how much wind you have or how hot it is. Let’s see, gotta hear the thump thump thump of the center line when landing if not, you ain’t landing right. Too much rudder, too little rudder.
Here is the kicker for me. I can fly the plane just fine (172M) it is just this guy is ex military and is over bearing. He yells when you are taking off and during the entire landing sequence. Anything from “don’t look at the flap knob, look outside” to stay here stay there. What the heck happened to sterile cockpits?
Now this happened two weeks back. During my pre-flight and when I turned the master on to lower the flaps, I had no power at all. I switched it on and off several times, nothing. He comes out and askes what my “problem” is that the preflight isn’t complete. I tell him and he proceeds to tell me I ran “HIS” battery down. WHAT? I just unlocked the dang doors and tried to lower the flaps. He messed with the switch and then hit the panel with his palm and oresto…we have master switch control again. I asked if we were going to use another plane and he said nope…this one is fine. It pissed him off that I questioned his precious Cessna and the intermitting master switch. Reluctently I flew anyway and when we got back, I tried to see if it would come back on after switching it off…NOPE.
Last week, I go to check the fuel and the check valve sticks. I cannot stop the flow of fuel. Again, “WHAT DID YOU DO”? I done just what I supposed to do, check the dang fuel. What does he do, taps with a pocket knife or something until it finally quit. I went to climb up to check the level, “NO TIME FOR THAT” “YOU HAVE WASTED TIME ON THIS CHECK VALVE” Screaming I tell you.
I have 9.7 hrs in the plane, 7 hours ground school and I have to hear the same spill every time. This is “MY” school, “I run it the way I want to” and these are “MY” planes and I let who I want to fly in them".
Here is the part I don’t understand…where are the smiling faces and shaking hands you see in the advertisements you see all over the palce when people are taking lessons? I cannot say I wasn’t warned AFTER I paid some up front money. I found that he is banned from two other local FBO’s and one airport entirely.
I have such a bad taste for flight lessons now that I don’t even want go to another school. I’d rather take up knitting than to go through that crap again.
Sorry…I had to vent.