I was pretty excited for a 5 hour flight in a piper arrow in a new school this coming weekend but my instructor that I have not flown with before texted me saying that he will not sign me off after one flight and would like to narrow down the time to 2 hours only. Although I was not expecting to get signed off after one flight, I canceled the flight as I didn't want to fly with an instructor with a definitive mindset of not signing off. I would have liked to fly with an instructor who'd judge me based on my performance and learning capability during the flight and ground training and then decides whether to endorse me or recommend further training. Not only I have had bad experience with one of my "time builder" instructor as a student pilot, I have heard from other pilots that some instructors can give us hard time and not be fair.
So I wanted to ask two questions.
- Is there a FAA recommended list of maneuvers/training material for each endorsement? So that if a student fulfills all the requirements and fly all the maneuvers safely, he'd get endorsed?
- How do we keep instructors/DPE in check? Obviously they are experienced and safer pilots but it is quite possible that in one out of hundred scenarios they are wrong and pilots receiving training are right?