Undoubtedly this question has been asked many times, but perhaps my situation is a little different than others. I'll try to be detailed but succinct:
I've accrued about 18.5 hours, 17.5 under the same CFI. I've checked off the 3 nighttime hour requirement (although my CFI said before my checkride we'll do more to get my nighttime pilotage skills improved), and 2 of the 3 required hours of XC, plus about one hour instrument time. Over the course of all this training time I've accrued 90 landings (my CFI loves touch and goes and we can do 10 landings in little over an hour). Yet still I'm not ready to solo. Now, I know I'm not the most proficient pilot he's seen, and perhaps I'm just average among the overall population, but 90 landings, and not including the hundreds of landings I've done on my simulator and countless hours around the patterns of my local airfield? Rarely do I have a hard(er) landing and some downright kiss that runway on or near centerline. Here's the other compilcation: My CFI is a one-man shop with his own planes, has logged 18,000 hours in his career and is a lifelong instructor, about 29 years experience as a CFI. If my CFI was part of some instructor mill at a flight school, I would certainly consider walking away or having a serious discussion with him at this juncture. However, since I respect his seniority it's creating a lot of cognitive dissonance. Am I missing something? Another little twist: he says I'm on a trajectory to be one of his 45 hour and done students (he has numerous students done in under 50 hours and an extremely low failure rate), so perhaps he's one of those people who solo people later after making sure things are absolutely positively perfect? Has anyone had an instructor who went about the process in this manner?