For the benefit of others who are contemplating IFR training I will relate my recent training experience.
I decided to undertake one of the accelerated courses with the objective of making the most efficient use of my time and passing the check ride before my new bird is ready. I started by purchasing the King IFR course on CD. I found the course to be excellent and easily passed the written test.
For my accelerated flight training I chose a nationally known school and scheduled my training six months out knowing I could easily complete the written material in that time.
Shortly before I was to begin training I was notified that my scheduled instructor would no longer be teaching and that another instructor would be scheduled. The new instructor had tens of thousands of hours of flight time and instrument instruction time, all of which sounded good to me. Based on the reputation of the school I accepted this with out question (You might guess that this is the reason I am writing and that it was a mistake. If you did you are right as you will soon see.)
Training started well however I began noticing a few things. However, being severely goal orientated I ignored these focusing on the objective.
As not to bore you I wonÂ’t dwell on the company who employ instructors who have not had a physical or a check ride in years, need glasses but wonÂ’t buy another pair and think there are not any other planes near the VOR where you are practicing holds (sneaking a look while checking the magnetic compass can be scary), employee instructors who in there most recent jobs limited themselves to check rides only, declining to teach. While there is more I think you already get the picture.
I hope my experience was isolated, and that others are not lulled into a false sense of security by an instructors hours and the employers reputation. Pick your instrument or any instructor for that matter after doing your homework, check references and sources just as if you were hiring a critical employee or buying a 50 year old airplane.
By all means get your IFR ticket, it will make you a better pilot, not to mention the flights you will not have to cancel due to weather.