- Interview several instructors on the ground before you fly. You will spend a lot of time with this person—you may not be best friends, but you should have a pleasant relationship. Talk with other clients, as well, to gain the full picture.
- Go beyond personality and check attention to detail: Do they use a syllabus and assign you study material? Are they prepared for every flight? Do they conduct pre-flight and post-flight briefings?
- Ensure your instructor stays available to train on your schedule—and be willing to try someone new who can deliver when you want to fly.
- Expect to pay for all of the time the instructor spends with you—ground and flight instruction—just like you would any other professional, like your attorney or doctor.
- Be open to an instructor who may not match your demographic, but lets their quality of training shine through.