So here we are at CPL ME IR: Week 7 and to be totally honest with you, things are not going so well at the moment.
So here is the thing, there is a simulator instructor who’s attitude to training is causing problems.
- This guy refuses to give you any training. I am trying to learn IR for the first time and you can not ask him a single question.
- He spends his time berating and belittling you. He will tell you, you can’t fly, you are useless, you will never be a pilot etc.
Throughout the session, he will be shouting at you over the headset from his desk behind the simulator.
- Everything that has been learned about teaching and crew resource management is not being applied.
Despite having a very difficult time in the simulator with this guy, I had completed 8 hours in the sim with him. I turned up for my 4th session and from the second I walked through the door I could tell something was not right.
We were supposed to be doing non-precision approaches for the first time and he asked a question I wasn’t totally sure on. So I looked it up from the SOP’s.
He started ranting and raving and calling someone and talking about me in Polish.
I used Google Translate to see what was being said. I will not repaet the things that this guy was saying here, but it was derogatory to say the least.
I found this to be very unprofessional behavior, especially as I am a paying customer.
Then, as if this isn’t bad enough he tells me to leave the simulator. I look at him and say “Are you serious?”. I pick up my things and tell him I cannot believe how unprofessional he is and I am not going to accept this behavior.
You have to understand, despite this guys attitude I have never spoken to him with anything but respect.
I leave and call the course liaison and explain what has gone on. You have to keep in mind this is at least the 5th complaint about this simulator instructor in the last month.
I am told to come in tomorrow and speak to the owners.
As I am leaving to head home I see that the sim instructor has canceled all my slots for the week and given them to somebody else who was ready to start but there were no slots available. I find the timing of all this suspicious to say the least.
I have the meeting with the owners and in the end, I am told that they will sort it out most likely with a new instructor.
So because of this, I have been sitting around my room my training at a standstill because I have not had a simulator session since Tuesday night. I mean I have used the time productively but I need to be in the simulator.
I have been told I should be able to resume tomorrow which I hope is true.
I am due to come home next Wednesday to renew my medical and fly some hours but rather than being finished in the sim, I have spent the week out of training.
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