There is a bit of delay with this post since I was out of the country for 2 weeks, but here it is the second part of my BFR.
So part one of my BFR wasn’t the best. Neither was part two. I tried to get it scheduled the same week, but the CFI’s schedule was full. He said he’d try to get out of an aerial tour and schedule me. But then I never heard from him….
It took me about a week and half to get it scheduled with my work. I had to get it in before we left the country on vacation for two weeks though since I didn’t want it looming over me. It took place the day before I left for vacation.
We left off with him saying schedule it in the afternoon and it’d be about 30 minutes in the pattern with crosswind landings. Well, obviously that’s not what happened. I shouldn’t have been surprised with how the last lesson went. We actually departed the pattern though. I did a power off stall, two steep turns, and headed back to do landings. He said my steep turns were amazing, but steep turns were always my favorite part so I have a lot of practice with them.
The crosswind wasn’t terrible that day, but it would be approaching my limits, especially if I was flying solo. The controller I felt like he didn’t like me since he made me wait forever to take off and then always extended my downwind, and let someone cut in front of us one time! So we have two long finals where he had me set up the plane for landing early and basically have it in crosswind landing configuration the entire time instead of crabbing it. So I was just slipping it in the entire way. We did one short approach, which was great. And it was approaching the last 30 minutes of my lesson. We had done a full stop and were taxiing back to take off again when I asked “How many more do you want to do?” this was after 4 or 5 landings. He asked if I was done and I just said I had to leave at 5pm. So he terminated with tower and we taxied back to the ramp. Was he just going to keep me landing for days or what? It seemed like no real plan.
He had commented on saying obviously I’m good at flying and that my original CFI did a good job with giving me a great foundation. Of course, I bragged about him then and said what an amazing instructor my NY one was and he was completely badass, as well.
We went back to debrief and finish the oral portion. It was just all over the place it seemed. He pushed again about the airlines and what I want to do after I get my BFR. I’m assuming now he was pushing to get a student out of me for additional ratings. No, thank you! I was very vague and non-committal. Saying I just wanted to “punch holes in the sky” (which I don’t really enjoy that saying, but it seemed to work in this case).
He was also amazed – and I think he may have thought I was lying – when I said the airplane time was only 1.1. Commenting that we got a lot done in that little amount of time. For me, I’m wanted to say it’s over double what I thought it was going to be!
I got the sign off and glad to have that out of the way. I spoke with Jake afterwards and we agreed something was off about the situation. The CFI said he didn’t want to go to the airlines, but obviously was trying to build time for some reason. And also, if he wanted another student out of me so bad, he shouldn’t have tried to screw me out of time like he was doing.
I’m thankful this experience wasn’t in the beginning of my training. I’m glad to have it out of the way now. I may not have learned a lot about flying from this, but I did learn a lot about how to treat students and potential students.
Lesson time: 2 hours
Flight time: 1.1 hours
Total BFR cost: $600!