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US Aviation Academy

gugu1688 wrote on 7/14/2014 2:21:04 PM:
Quality of Aircraft 2 Quality of Instruction 3
Availability of Aircraft 2 Availability of Instruction 1
Cleanliness of Aircraft 3 Facility Amenities 3
Community Atmosphere 1 Friendliness of Staff 2
Professionalism of Staff 1 Value of Training 1
Overall Score: 1.9/5

Employee(s) worked with: Tiffaney and Chris

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: No

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My Review of US Aviation Academy:
I want to tell you some story about me. Six months ago, I google some US flight school on the website. I found this school and contacted Tiffaney by mail. She gave me a tuition list about 250 hours commercial pilot for 6 months, and just cost 42,657. I thought it is cheaper than other school after comparison with others. Three months ago, I came here to start my flight class, but I felt something wrong about tuition fee. School raised it, and they didn’t inform me. Two months ago, school assign me an instructor, Sanjay, teach me how to fly. He is a really bad guy. He didn’t teach me anything, even he didn’t allow me control my airplane during three flight missions. Go back to base, he always gives me ground school, and use half hour chatting or junk talking then charge me one hour fee. I didn’t learn anything from him. One and Half months ago, I got a new instructor to restart to teach me how to fly. But, he has 8 students on his duty. We cannot fly everyday, and we fly one mission per week. I always trust the school told us “On time, On budget.” But, it seems to make my beautiful dream become my terrible nightmare.



US Aviation Academy

flybradley wrote on 7/13/2014 8:50:35 PM:
Quality of Aircraft 1 Quality of Instruction 3
Availability of Aircraft 2 Availability of Instruction 2
Cleanliness of Aircraft 2 Facility Amenities 3
Community Atmosphere 3 Friendliness of Staff 1
Professionalism of Staff 1 Value of Training 2
Overall Score: 2/5

Employee(s) worked with: Chris

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: No

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My Review of US Aviation Academy:
Ads saying 6 months which was happened long back ago...and maybe 1 person out of 30..
Not enough engineers and poor management ends up very poor plane availability, planes are available when weather is bad.
Not enough instructors made me waiting for over one month doing nothing, 141 initial multi comm course is such a joke, no curriculum and don't know what to do next even the manager. Very strict weather standard just extends the period of time building, plus lack of plane availability could take up to months for just trying to build 100 hours. Everything above they made me feel like it's my fault, yes I think I've made a mistake which is choosing the wrong school. You get how much you pay for, planes are barely airworthy here, especially the light twins. They will resolve everything try to get you in, once you come you'll realize how inefficient the process is, which means doing the paper work at the end of each certificate, especially just getting money back after training, and the scheduling, keep waiting for scheduling once get rescheduled, usually another extra week. Lack of communicating between fleet management, scheduling, maintainance, website system, everything is individual, which would be difficult to conduct a successful flight. I tried to work my ass of and ends up spending 11 months. Less than 6 months for private+instrument(good number). More than 2 months for multi engine(30 hrs), including 3 weeks no instructor, 1 whole week for standby which means no plane available. I'm glad I finished flight training within a year because I met a very good instructor, otherwise I don't know how long it's going to take, good luck on choosing a flight school.

US Aviation Academy

Peter wrote on 7/2/2014 7:19:49 AM:
Quality of Aircraft 3 Quality of Instruction 3
Availability of Aircraft 3 Availability of Instruction 2
Cleanliness of Aircraft 3 Facility Amenities 4
Community Atmosphere 4 Friendliness of Staff 4
Professionalism of Staff 4 Value of Training 3
Overall Score: 3.3/5

Employee(s) worked with: None

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: No

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My Review of US Aviation Academy:

Advertisement said on time on budget and good weather
Every week has a few days thunderstorm
Don't have enough instructor
Most of student finish private over 5 months
Waiting for student solo two weeks more
Waiting stage 3 check two weeks more
Waiting EOC check a week more
I spend most of time for waiting in this school
Time is money


Ultimate Air Academy

Lucas Green wrote on 7/1/2014 6:03:48 PM:
Quality of Aircraft 3 Quality of Instruction 1
Availability of Aircraft 2 Availability of Instruction 3
Cleanliness of Aircraft 3 Facility Amenities 2
Community Atmosphere 1 Friendliness of Staff 1
Professionalism of Staff 1 Value of Training 1
Overall Score: 1.8/5

Employee(s) worked with: Christos Flagkakis

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: Yes

Pros

Reasonable Pricing

Cons

No dependable access to aircraft.
Low quality instruction
Lacks mission focus or any vision as pertains to development of a well rounded, professional aviator

My Review of Ultimate Air Academy:
Kristos is an experienced aviator and passionate instructor. However, be careful. When it comes to business dealings make sure you read all the fine print in the contract and leave nothing to "good-will". Several of his students (myself included) were dumb enough to trust him, paid upfront and have suffered for that mistake. He seems to be on the up and up, a charming and ambitious young man, but once he has your money; the good-will vanishes and he no longer gives a damn about your educational needs. It is just a very unstable atmosphere , for many reasons and not conducive to the focus which one requires to become a true, professional aviator.

All of that said, if you go into the situation with your eyes wide open,take complete control your training and finances, with a firm understanding that this is for licensing only. Then go for it but only for later licenses, once you are already a competent aviator

American Aviation

Tpaflygirl wrote on 6/24/2014 10:33:41 AM:
Quality of Aircraft 4 Quality of Instruction 5
Availability of Aircraft 3 Availability of Instruction 5
Cleanliness of Aircraft 5 Facility Amenities 4
Community Atmosphere 4 Friendliness of Staff 4
Professionalism of Staff 4 Value of Training 5
Overall Score: 4.3/5

Employee(s) worked with: Lynn Postel, CFI II

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: Yes

Pros

Quality instruction

Convenient location for both flying (practice areas) and driving

G1000 panel Cessna 172

Cons

Management caters to private jets so maintenance issues for the instruction aircraft is sometimes put on back burner--planes may be down for longer time.

My Review of American Aviation:
Lynn is a fabulous instructor -- he is thorough and sets high expectations for his students with regard to preparation, but he has the patience of Job!! He made the process enjoyable and rigorous so that I completed my training confident in my abilities and safety.

Facility is convenient if you are in the N Pasco, W Hillsoborough or Henrnando County areas. Clean, well maintained AC, including the glass panel outfitted 172.

The business doesn't really support the flight school as much as it could so sometimes the planes are unavailable. They cater to private jet business.


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