The other day with my flight instructor I was put into a situation, which concerned me. The objective was to practice IR for private pilot rating. Immediately after takeoff I was instructed to mount my view limiting device (in this case a plastic hood.) I then initiated positive control procedures by asking “do you have the flight controls” I was surprised when I was told “No” and then I was chastised for not putting the hood on before takeoff, and told that during the practical exam the examiner is not required to hold the flight controls while I put on my hood. I of course asked how I was expected to taxi and takeoff with the hood on, and I was told that I should have it on and move it up out of view. I just said OK!! Because I did not have enough information to argue the point not to mention I had more important things to deal with.
I have not found a regulation one-way or the other but,
I question the accuracy and soundness of mind of this statement, number one because I see this is a safety issue for a few reasons.
-A flight instructor refusing to take control of the aircraft because “an examiner may do that”
-Even if the hood is out of view initially it has the potential to fall and block the view of the primary controller of the aircraft during a critical time and close to the ground.
-It is an added unnecessary distraction for an inexperienced pilot.
-Even if up and out of view the device could create unnecessary blind spots.
-It is unpractical
-It is unnecessary considering a safety pilot is required during this type of training who is capable of acting as PIC.
I am already taking action to find another program because this is not the first issue I have had with this instructor/the program, but this raised a serious concern for me. I wonder if I should just continue ignore it or how I should address it.