This post you linked to me is beyond epic! The good news is most of the questions are a go for this FBO, however not all of them are. I’m looking at getting my PPL before I leave the Army for two main reasons. 1. I want to fly, I want to start learning asap about flying. 2. They are a Part 61 school which I think will be a lot of fun based on the schedule they set for their training. Answers to your links questions
- They have set pricing for base hours needed to meet the FAA standards. I realize that if I need more time to learn it could cost more for training.
- Based on my avalibility with the military I should be able to fly 2-3 times a week, so I think I could finish within 4-6 months pretty easy.
- See question 2
- Since I’m only going for PPL ME doesn’t apply
- See question 4
- I didn’t ask this question because I wasn’t concerned with it in this area. Maybe I should be, but they compete with a local college for flight school, though the school is a Part 141 program. This isn’t a huge school, so I’d imagine they may have 15-25 students.
- They have 4 full time instructors, then a few work part time that CFI for the nearby college
- Not sure exactly
- They have 2 C172s with another on the horizion
- Both 172s are essentially the same
- The school will rent, but the owner said that the flight training takes precedence over rentals.
- They own the ACFT
- They hire a local maintenance crew from the airport.
- They don’t have jets
- Payment is done in installments similar to ATP
- They do not
- I’m paying out of pocket, but they also refer to Sallie Mae style loans
- Didn’t ask this question as I wasn’t planning on progressing this far with the school.
Housing. I’m still in the Army so this is a non issue as of now.
I sat down for about 2 hours with the school owner, and he went through a lot of stuff I can’t even remember. He flies a Bombardier Challenger 300 for a company, then manages the flight school. He also mainly does ground instruction with the school. He talked about going through a cram course with http://aviationseminars.com to get the written completed prior to flight training. He described how the flight training would go, and what to expect. He also talked about what the cross country flying would consist of and where we would fly too. I was excited about this one! He talked about his experience and how he got to where he was. I liked what I saw from his presentation. Maybe it would be good for me to do this, maybe it would be best to wait until I get out and go with ATP for it all. Honestly, I just want to start flying! My goal with this is to get in the air, get my PPL, and just enjoy some flying until I get ready to join ATP after I leave the Army.
This forum has been the most help I’ve had since I started asking questions about my future endeavors! I just wanted to point out some of the “horror” stories I have read about. I wanted to see what you gentlemen had to say about these knocks people has on ATP. Everyone has a different experience. Just like the Army isn’t for everyone, I’m sure ATP isn’t as well. I have no doubts if I can deal with military life, that I can deal with ATP or the Airline industry!
Chris and Adam, thanks for your guys professional and thoughtful responses.
Also, I’m trying to decide between Denver and Scottsdale for my ATP training. I would imagine that weather in AZ would be better in general. Maybe way hotter, but no worse than Afghanistan that I’ve dealt with. However, high altitude, snow, crappy weather that happens in Colorado could limit my ability to build hours based on cancellations. Colorado, could be better because I have a lot of family there. Arizona, I would want my family there after I finished training. I’m just trying to make a solid plan well a head of time.