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Hello all, I've 78 hours flying time with an instructor who does not seem to want to send me to get my final checkout ride, and am wondering if I can switch to someone who can. He keeps saying he wants me to perfect things just a little bit more.
In brief, I'm 41, I've over-fulfilled all private pilot prep requirements, have flown 78 total hours over the past 8 months(14 xcountry solo) mostly from Class C airport, scored 92% on the written, and feel very comfortable with soft fields, stalls, no flap landings, shorts, emergency procs, etc etc. I've always been a very good athlete (skiing, surfing, baseball, whatever) w/ excellent medical, and honestly feel very safe in the airplane. I've flown with 3 instructors and all say I fly well. I pay them $75 per hour for the C152, plus the instructor $50 per hour, and I've now invested $9000. This school is not that busy, and while I like the instructors, I feel as if they are just milking me for cash a bit.
I realize the more training the better, but my pocketbook is starting to hurt and I don't know what to do. Do I just suck it up and keep going until my instructor eventually says "yes". Can I find another instructor to sign me off to take my checkout ride with the FAA inspector? Any advice pro or con would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, David
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