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Northway Aviation

synthworks wrote on 10/18/2014 4:08:42 PM:
Quality of Aircraft 3 Quality of Instruction 5
Availability of Aircraft 1 Availability of Instruction 4
Cleanliness of Aircraft 5 Facility Amenities 5
Community Atmosphere 5 Friendliness of Staff 5
Professionalism of Staff 5 Value of Training 5
Overall Score: 4.3/5

Employee(s) worked with: Dennis Smith

Reason for visit: Aircraft Rental

I recommend this flight school: No

Pros

Great instructors...The Secretary is awesome.

Cons

All aircraft seem to be taken by students. Avionics systems have VERY Poor upkeep.

My Review of Northway Aviation:
I could never get a rental it seemed. I got my instrument rating there, then when it came time to remain current there were no planes available. Owner told me that students have priority on aircraft; Wrong answer Jim! I spent $12,000 getting my IFR rating, and rented his aircraft a bunch of times, and that is the treatment I get? If you want to fly IFR go to Regal Air next door, they keep their aircraft and avionics very well. Northway has a crappy new policy, no touch and goes without an instructor; again, Wrong Answer Jim!!! I think my biggest complaint is the fact that you must get fuel prior to your flight most times. It seems every time I wanted to go flying it was necessary to fire up and taxi to the self serve pumps for fuel. When the plane was low on fuel I began writing down the Hobbs time after I fueled the plane so I would not have to pay to get fuel. They "Made an adjustment" to the Hobbs time so I had to pay to taxi up to get fuel. At Regal you will find the tanks topped off when you arrive, plus the aircraft are available all the time. Although Northway has excellent instructors, the management leaves much to be desired. I asked Jim the owner about specifics regarding a Cessna 172 that was totaled by some moronic renter. He became very indignant with me and stormed out of the office like a 5 year old child. As a renter, I should be able to inquire about aircraft without Jim getting upset. Very very poor business ethic. Regal Air? Here I come....

Dean International Flight School

sabeena wrote on 10/11/2014 10:50:40 PM:
Quality of Aircraft 1 Quality of Instruction 1
Availability of Aircraft 1 Availability of Instruction 1
Cleanliness of Aircraft 1 Facility Amenities 1
Community Atmosphere 1 Friendliness of Staff 1
Professionalism of Staff 1 Value of Training 1
Overall Score: 1/5

Employee(s) worked with: Wesley Brady

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: No

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My Review of Dean International Flight School:

I remember when I went to this school. I was landing the airplane during a solo and my nose gear collapsed.... Robert Dean blamed me for the accident and said that the insurance that the school had guaranteed to me as part of the written contract would not cover the damage due to my negligence. He said if I didn't pay for the damages of the airplane he would stop my training and cancel my visa. I was in shock but I believed him since I wasn't familiar with how things worked in the United States. Now that I'm older I know that this unethical man scammed me. The insurance policy that is available to students at Dean International covers accidents regardless of who is at fault. But he and Wesley Brady took advantage of my ignorance and my family had to send him an additional two thousand five hundred dollars. I hope you remember me someday Robert Dean and Wesley and what you did to me..... sleep well at night knowing that you scammed me and several other students that had the same circumstance. Jha?aka!



Mountain Lake Seaplanes LLC

Danbell wrote on 9/5/2014 6:51:18 PM:
Quality of Aircraft 5 Quality of Instruction 5
Availability of Aircraft 4 Availability of Instruction 4
Cleanliness of Aircraft N/A Facility Amenities 3
Community Atmosphere 4 Friendliness of Staff 4
Professionalism of Staff 5 Value of Training 5
Overall Score: 4.3/5

Employee(s) worked with: mike kincaid

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: Yes

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My Review of Mountain Lake Seaplanes LLC:
I received my sea rating with Mike, it was a great time and very professional, hes a great instructor with true hands on experience. Not just some schmo that got his CFI and started instructing. I enjoyed the J3 Cub, I Have flown with Mike on occasion since my rating, he's a smart guy, I think he could drink more than he does, he's a little light in that department
Dan Bell STUNTMANS ASSOCIATION

Boeing Employees Flying Association

JoeBelson wrote on 7/28/2014 1:42:40 PM:
Quality of Aircraft 5 Quality of Instruction 3
Availability of Aircraft 5 Availability of Instruction 1
Cleanliness of Aircraft 4 Facility Amenities 3
Community Atmosphere 1 Friendliness of Staff 1
Professionalism of Staff 1 Value of Training 3
Overall Score: 2.7/5

Employee(s) worked with: Michael Davis, Steve Beardslee, Tom Howard

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: No

Pros

BEFA has great potential, many airplanes in good to very good condition and maintenance. Great online scheduling of aircraft. Tachometer Time. Fair hourly rates for equipment.

Cons

Too few instructors. BEFA politics and internal rumor mill. Accounting errors left me completely uninsured for my entire membership period. When they discovered their clerical error, my BEFA account was raided and my membership was terminated.

My Review of Boeing Employees Flying Association:
Was a guest member at BEFA for 13 months. Scheduling flight instructors has been the biggest challenge. BEFA's board has the tendency to discredit the first person they find for their mistakes, which including their own CFI/CFII staff. Obviously a once great organization and perhaps one day it will be again. Advise - Avoid interaction with their board. They told me I was insured and their equipment was insured for $2M and that buying renter's insurance was not advised. Later they told me I was flying without any insurance, because of their internal clerical system - the board voted to have my membership terminated, raided my account, and attempted to malign my character.


Aeris Aviation, LLC

Flyskyler wrote on 7/24/2014 12:39:12 AM:
Quality of Aircraft 5 Quality of Instruction 5
Availability of Aircraft 5 Availability of Instruction 5
Cleanliness of Aircraft 5 Facility Amenities 5
Community Atmosphere 5 Friendliness of Staff 5
Professionalism of Staff 5 Value of Training 5
Overall Score: 5/5

Employee(s) worked with: Dale, Phil, Jim

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: Yes

Pros

Beautiful club! Professional staff, friendly service although affordable. I couldn't ask for more.

Cons

I drive 40 mins to get there. Couldn't it just be in my backyard ?

My Review of Aeris Aviation, LLC:
I have always been in love with flight. Now I'm in a position whereby I have some time and can actually pursue it. I am currently working on my VFR license @ Aeris Aviation. The program is comprehensive. They teach you about weather, flight plans etc etc about getting ready for your flight. They also train you in the SIM and you get trained in a Cessna 172s. If you live in the Wisconsin - Illinois area you will be hard pressed to find a better quality school for such a great price.



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