A Big Change

A major change has occurred since my last post. I have switched flight schools and I am now at Waukegan Wings at Waukegan Regional Airport. I really like the people at Campbell and the decision to change was not an easy one. In the end, it came down to what training environment I feel most comfortable with. I thought that the homey and laid back atmosphere at Campbell would suit me well. If the day ever comes when I buy my own airplane, I will probably base it there to be a part of that close knit community. But, for training, I found I was a little uneasy with the somewhat unstructured approach that prevails there. Other students would, no doubt make the opposite choice. The point is that each flight school is different and each student must take it upon themselves to find one that suits their particular personality and needs. The detailed syllabus and structured training approach at Waukegan will, I believe, more closely match mine. If you are having doubts about your own choice, by all means talk it over with your instructor. A good one will make an attempt to guide you and, if the decision is to change instructors and/or schools, will wish you well as you part ways with no hard feelings.

I have flown my first lesson at Waukegan Wings and I hope to be able to post the details soon. I invited my new CFI to have a look at this blog and make sure she is comfortable with sharing our lessons with the (few) readers I have. So, you will just have to be patient for now.

  • John says:

    Early in my training, I had a CFI who was … well … a doofus. I stuck with him out of some feeling of loyality. I could have gotten better instruction and I was wrong to not take action.

    Many student pilots do what I did and I’m glad to hear that you did not.

  • Tom says:

    I know you are not implying it, but, just to be clear, my old CFI is not a doofus.

    I agree completely with John’s point. As students, we are investing huge amounts of time, effort and money into our training. We owe it to ourselves to find the instruction that best matches our needs. Whether it is a bad instructor or a great one that just has a style that doesn’t click, it really is OK to make a change.

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