Finding a CFI
I have finally decided to persue my private certificate. Can anyone offer some advice on selecting an instructor? I live in the Anchorage area so I'd like someone local.
Just start looking. There are quite a few flight schools at Merrill. I would highly recommend Land and Sea. I did mine at Aerotech, they are good too. I hear that Take Flight doesn't always have their ducks in a row, and can be hecktic a lot.
In your own plane, or renting a plane, too?
When I worked at Take Flight they did not do instruction for folks that owned their own plane, but you might get a referral. I think Land and Sea is the same way. Not sure about Aero Tech.
The guy from Land and Sea I talked w/ at the trade show seemed pretty good, plus they do some tailwheel work. You also might try Arctic Flyers at Lake Hood.
There will probably be a pvt ground school starting at UAA in January- you might want to look into that. I have always thought it saves time and teaches you alot of nice to know stuff that you will not get if you study one on one with your instructor.
A lot of picking an instructor has to do with personalities. There are alot of good ones out there, and every one learns in a different way. I have ahad ones that were too nice and ones that were A-holes. I really liked flying with Glen at Aerotech when I was finishing up my instrument, but did think they had some older planes. I really like flying on base if you have access, plus its alot cheaper.