I am using VORs as the primary navigation equipment - I do my flying in Cessna 152's while flying in the real world, and we don't use GPS while flying outside, so we don't on the Frasca 142 either.
As for finding an instructor as you suggest, very frankly, I have my hands tied, as I have taken a package with this flying school here, so who the instructor is, is in the hands of the main person who runs it.
But I am pretty happy with my Sim instructor - he seems to know well what mistakes we are making, and is helping us go towards the right way. This is in contrast to my instructor for private. I did not particularly find him to be as much of a positive moulding influence on me as I would have wanted.
I have a lot of holes to plug in my knowledge - In fact, i always found it hard to ask him(Private instructor) all my questions...his answer to most of my questions would be that I am thinking too much,and that I'm being mechanical, and that I should be flexible, etc! Due to this, I resorted to books and more books - and stayed in the mindset that whatever he teaches me, is not enough...! That I must always add layers of safety, and plug the holes myself.
It is especially after this, that I have decided that I must ALWAYs be ahead of the game - while learning, while flying the a/c, in everything! I want to learn as much as is possible from you guys...! In fact, I want to learn ALL the things you have learnt over the years, so that I can also work towards becoming a safer pilot.
My Sim instructor, though, seems to be open to any questions, and doesn't blast the hell out of people while flying...! My private instructor did that initially during the middle 15-20 hrs of the 40hrs i flew with him..! The minute the cockpit door shuts, the shouting starts..! "Your thumping on the brakes!" The most difficult thing with my private instructor was that he never used the same procedures in their entirety...there would always be something different each time, and it would always be me according to him who didn't know the procedures. But at the same time, I feel grateful to him, in that he taught me to fly the plane..maybe not the way i wanted, but he still taught me to t/o, navigate, return, and land without putting a hole in either mine or someone else's a/c...hehe!
Thnks for the kind response, and if you are willing to tell me more, i am more than willing to learn and listen.
Additionally, if there are any books you'd recommend, I'm ready to look into them, and read them.
Thnks a ton.
Fly your Best'!