So I have a week left of the CFI acad. and let me tell you it really was the biggest mistake of my training. I decided to go to the Chicago DuPage branch and I don't know if others are better but this one is terrible.
- Where to start...we have supposedly 5 or 6 days left of the academy and I still have not done my CFII APR. I am scheduled on Tues. and im the only one out of eight that is signed off, so most won't even have the II done in the 30 days.
- The overall flight portion of the program is hogwash. You pay for there airplanes at some very high price (don't have the exact) and they won't schedule you. You have to fit in with the schedule. So lets say that tomorrow you are suppose to fly and someone else wants to pay them to fly you will get bumped by the other person.
- I had all 5 written tests done basically before getting there. The first weekend we went over the II written and they made me sit in class and listen...I was not aloud to study something else. I was somewhat OK with this because I was doing my CFI part 141. Two weekends later was the CFIA/FOI test I didn't show up to class because it was 61 and I had more important stuff to study...and flyers had a fit about this and I was pulled into the office to be talked to.
- There are 1-2 good instructors but the rest are a joke. I have to do my own collision avoidance while in the airplane due to a couple close calls so if App. gives us a traffic adv. I come out from under the hood. Another instructor flew us right over a grass strip that was used to throw "shooters" out while the jump plane was over 10k which twr told us. Another instructor likes to talk like an idiot in the cockpit even when you go over and try to reinforce sterile cockpit. You miss radio calls on CHI APP....agrh. This same instructor must have a good stick to be alive this long but some of the things he has done and told people about make me just shake my head. Like taking a student up into known icing in a skyhawk to teach them a lesson. Losing a the vacuum system on TO on a 250 mile x-country and deciding to fly the x-country instead of just coming back around and shooting the ILS and calling it a day (BTW he told us it was like 500ovc)...an instructor telling people its ok to bust DH's
- Cancelling an airplane on your part and being harassed about it. Doing the IMSAFE checklist doesn't work for them. Also deciding to make a no-go decision when the turn coordinator was inop while under IFR (It was clear and a million, but we were under IFR with my name on the fp and according to 91.205....idk)
- Me calling instructors on their mistakes...I guess they just know it all. According to my conversation with the Chief FI.
- And my latest exp. was I had 1 flight left until my APR. That flight was in the afternoon. So me and another student decided to hit the sims instead of listening in on class about systems of a 172rg...I have 30+ hours in a 182rg and there almost exactly the same. While practice teaching Part. Panel and some ADF stuff the chief flight instructor comes up to me and asks me what I am doing out of class. I explain to him what I am doing and he leaves and I got no weird vibes from the conversation at all. However the next day they want me to teach someone 1 on 1 during class time. I told him no I wasn't going to because I wanted to hit the class about x-country's and weather. The chief instructor called me out in the lobby of AF and basically decided to rip into me. I was so angry I almost walked out with the rest of my money at that point. I instead decided to have a conversation with him telling him how unprofessional that was that is not how a Chief FI should act.
- 90% fail rate and a bad name at the CHI FSDO because they sent students that are unprepared while in class but someone who is studying out of class and in class they are giving a hard time.
- Me having my APR on tues. and probally failing it because I have to take it with the Chief FI which whom I ripped into.