No person will be more influential in nurturing your desire to fly than your first flight instructor. A good flight instructor will make the flight training process enjoyable while challenging, teaching you the intricacies of flight at a pace that is suitable to your schedule and level of learning.
It is therefore important that you are comfortable with your instructor and his or her method of teaching. If a personality or schedule conflict arises, find someone else to teach you. A professional flight instructor will understand and accept your choice to fly with someone else. Remember, you are the one paying for the flight lessons.
Unless you already know someone who flies or who is a flight instructor, your search will begin in the yellow pages. Call nearby airports and ask to speak to a flight instructor. Ask them questions and gauge their responses. Most will offer to take you on an introductory flight—short, inexpensive flights which allow you to observe their flying and teaching skills. If you find a potential instructor, ask for references. Professional flight instructors will be more than happy to provide you with a list of satisfied customers.