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Meg Godlewski, WAI 8165, is a Master CFI and active flight instructor. She also writes for www.GeneralAviationNews.com.
I am an instrument stu-
dent with aspirations of
working as a professional
pilot. I just started instru-
ment ground school and
I am realizing that the
CFI who trained me for
my private pilot certifi-
cate royally shortchanged
me on navigation includ-
ing VORs and NDBs. We
did everything with the
GPS! I’m afraid that I won’t be able to keep up with my
class, or worse yet I’ll get bumped back to private pilot
when the instructor realizes I don’t know how to use
VORs and NDBs. Any suggestions?
The only entity that can pull your ticket is the FAA, and
please remember that the private pilot certificate is truly a license to learn, but you must take the initiative and apply
yourself. I would suggest finding an instructor to tutor you
one-on-one to bring you up to speed.
I’ve been working on my private pilot certificate for
the better part of a year at the same flight school. I’m
on my fifth CFI! The problem is they keep leaving for
other aviation jobs. I complained to the owner of the
flight school, who told me he’s going to get back to me
with a plan, but that was two weeks ago. How long do
you think I should wait?
I wouldn’t wait one more minute. I think it’s time for you to
go shopping for a new flight school and a new CFI who will
commit to creating a plan and helping you complete your training. It is your time, your money, and ultimately your decision if
you want to stay there and wait.
I am 17 years old and about to graduate high school.
I plan to have a career in aviation and I am anxious to
begin. I am about to take my private pilot checkride, so
I have a ways to go. Is there any way to expedite the
commercial certificate so that I can start earning money
in aviation to help pay for my education?
You may consider taking the advanced ground instructor
knowledge test. Having that certificate allows you to work as
a ground instructor and therefore you could get a job tutoring people. I did that, in a Starbucks of all places, on Saturday
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