If you remember my earlier post about the search for CFIs, here is a continuation. I was overwhelmed with the process. Mainly because I hate calling and talking to new people. It’s extremely draining for me.
I finally found someone who I felt comfortable with and his schedule worked with mine. We had a lesson already and it seemed good to go. The next lesson I got extremely frustrated. We were working on approaches and while he was trying to help, he was trying to take the controls with me on it and guide me. Maybe there was miscommunication. It just was so bad. I didn’t know what I was doing. I didn’t know if I was fighting against the wind or him. The approach was terrible. I also completely believe in letting the student screw up so they can learn. I do it at work all the time. It’s a much more effective learning tool in my opinion.
I came home pissed and spoke with Jake. Of course, being him he’s like “you gotta find someone new” I about broke down in tears at the thought of starting all over again with those calls. I just couldn’t face that. It didn’t sit right with me either. Let me give it another chance and explain to him what I need as the student.
The next lesson before we went up I told my CFII that I needed to make mistakes myself and that when he’s on the controls too it just confuses me. He realized my point of view and understood. That lesson and from now on he’s backed off and let me do it.
It was a good learning experience about expressing what I need as a student. And maybe also for him. I’m glad I didn’t just give up and ghost. I realize I can be a difficult student because of my aviation instructor background. It’s a weird category most students aren’t in for the CFI and involves a learning curve on both sides.