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My instructor will not sign me
off for a checkride...
Question: I have a PP certificate. I have 46 hrs dual IFR
training. I have 250hr total. My instructor is afraid to sign me
off. I scored 98 on my written test based on a home study course I am a self learner and I
needed a CFII for guidance. What can you recommend? I have too much
invested in this guy. Point me in the right direction Please.
Answer: First I would talk to the instructor. Call and
schedule some non-flying time with him and ask him, "What does it take
to get from right now to a checkride?" Make a list
together. You may not agree with the items on the list, but its
not the time to debate it. Right now, you only want to gather
With a curious mind, find out why each of those items are on the
list. Were they things you have done incorrectly? Was your
performance not consistent enough? There's nothing wrong with an
open, honest dialogue with your instructor. Its natural for us to
have some defensiveness when we hear things we dont like. If you
can approach this discussion with humility and willingness to
understand your instructor's concerns you will find the answers you
The FARs say you need a minimum of 3 hours in preparation for the
practical test. If you choose to go to another instructor, you
would explain your situation and ask if he would be willing to do the 3
hours with you. After three hours, the new instructor will have a
good understanding of your capabilities. If the new instructor is
unwilling to sign you off, sit down and ask him, "What does it take to
get from right now to a checkride." Make the same list. If
you find similarities between the two lists, then you have confirmed a
plan of action.
I hope this helps, please let me know how you are doing...
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