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Subject: Flight School Advice
 
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plammer21User is Offline
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07/05/2013 10:10 PM  
I am wanting to start training to become a career pilot soon and was hoping to find some advice about where and which schools would be best to train at. I have heard from talking to pilots that the mountains (CO. MT. UT.) are the best. But have also heard that Oregon has the most to offer. Also that if you could get into a long line course that would really help you find a job after training. Also if anyone could give a little advice on the best school. I want to make sure I train where it will make me the most marketable to find a job after training but dont know what to think when everyone has something different to say. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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07/06/2013 1:30 PM  
A long line course will not help you get an entry level job, so don't waste your money! The only job you'll be able to get after training is flight instruction, so pick a school where you think you have the best chance of being hired after graduation. A school with many helicopters and a steddy turn around would be best, with a continual flow of incoming students! You don't need to train in the mountains, or do any other "specialized" training like long line, or turbine transition, you need a school that will hire you after training you, that's the most important part of picking one! Hillsboro in Oregon might be a good choice, or Bristow in Florida? I'd go to Florida, there seems to be more low time jobs out that way than in the West!
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07/07/2013 10:41 AM  
Raven has a good point, no sense wasting your money on a long line course at that point in time. Use the funds to get your CFII first. Doing your training at higher altitude MAY help you get a job after flight training. Just because many schools that operate in the higher altitudes tend to prefer instructors that have experience at those altitudes.

Look for a school that is a good fit for you and what you want to accomplish. I would ask the other members of this board and the ones on justhelicopters.com their opinions of the various schools. Keep in mind that they are just opinions, and like a$$h0les everyone got one. Narrow your search to 2 or 3 schools, then go visit them. Just because it is a big school doesn't mean it will be a good fit for you. And usually they are big for a reason. For example Bristow and Hillsboro tend to cater to foreign students. That could mean that as a national, you could be at a disadvantage when it comes to scheduling school assets like helicopters or instructors.

All things to keep in mind.
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07/07/2013 11:34 PM  
Totally Agree with what Raven and Rick say. Also when you do find a school, you want your first instructor to be able to take you from Private through commercial, possible CFI/CFII if they can. I know some students that have went through 5 different instructors, while negotiating private and instrument training. When you visit the school, try and take a flight lesson. Ask if you can sit in on a ground school. Chat to teh student and the instructors. If you do start flight training, you are going to be investing a lot of money in yourself, so you want that investment to be fruitful, ask yourself why is this flight school good enough to train me. You are a paying customer.
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07/11/2013 3:08 PM  
I had a great experience with Leading Edge Aviation in Bend, OR. Worked hard as a student, hired on as an instructor, they paid for my turbine trans (only do this for the hardest working CFIs), put me on their 135 and after LEA I went into ENG/Fire. i HAD TO WORK MY BUTT OFF TO GET THESE OPPORTUNITIES!!!
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07/14/2013 9:46 AM  
You might look into Treasure Valley Community College in association with Silverhawk Aviation Academy in Caldwell, Idaho.
plammer21User is Offline
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07/14/2013 3:10 PM  
Thanks for all the good advice! Its very helpful. I have looked into Silverhawk a little. Do you know much about them and there operation?
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07/15/2013 8:54 PM  
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