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Florida Aviation Academy

AgPilot wrote on 9/18/2017 8:14:44 PM:
Quality of Aircraft 4 Quality of Instruction 5
Availability of Aircraft 5 Availability of Instruction 5
Cleanliness of Aircraft 4 Facility Amenities 5
Community Atmosphere 4 Friendliness of Staff 5
Professionalism of Staff 5 Value of Training 5
Overall Score: 4.7/5

Employee(s) worked with: Jack and Carrie

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: Yes

Pros

Good Value
Excellent Instruction
Accelerated Training Courses
Flight Simulators
Student Housing Close to School
Airport with Control Tower/3 runways

Cons

I finished so fast I didn't enjoy Florida

My Review of Florida Aviation Academy:
This flight school offers great value for the money. I completed my training there after starting out in another state with an independent instructor and no structured course. What a difference I found at Florida Aviation Academy. The courses are structured so that you can succeed, and they help you all along the way. The support is tremenedous - I didn't think I would ever finish my licenses the way I was doing it before, and now I am working at my first airline job. In fact I got the job because Carrie set me up with the interview and they hired me immediately.

Ultimate Air Academy

Hgvc wrote on 8/24/2017 1:03:56 AM:
Quality of Aircraft N/A 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 2 Value of Training 1
Overall Score: 2/5

Employee(s) worked with: Christos

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: No

Pros

Plane duchess was good but all else was a sham. Full of excuses lies. Very decietfull and disrespectful. Shady and abusive kind only when he wanted money then Mr Hyde. Glad to be rid of who ever gets Tangled up in his web beware.

Cons

See pros

My Review of Ultimate Air Academy:
Plane duchess was good but all else was a sham. Full of excuses lies. Very decietfull and disrespectful. Shady and abusive kind only when he wanted money then Mr Hyde. Glad to be rid of who ever gets Tangled up in his web beware he is now at the regional his attitude is macho. God help us if he goes to majors.

Texas State Aviation

Sev&Carl wrote on 8/3/2017 7:12:23 PM:
Quality of Aircraft 3 Quality of Instruction 1
Availability of Aircraft 3 Availability of Instruction 1
Cleanliness of Aircraft 2 Facility Amenities 1
Community Atmosphere 1 Friendliness of Staff 1
Professionalism of Staff 1 Value of Training 1
Overall Score: 1.5/5

Employee(s) worked with: George Wilhite

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: No

Pros

Cons


My Review of Texas State Aviation:
- Total rip off: Instructor is motivated to rip you off by slowing the progress. He is paid by the hour after all. So far had 7 lessons - of which 3 was total waste.

- No procedures: instructor does not provide clear and concise maneuvers' procedures. So I downloaded the procedures from the internet to practice on my home-simulator and was told off for getting into slow flight at 1500RPM (as the procedures I downloaded defines) rather than at 1800RPM as the instructor asks. Both numbers are within POH range - but no explanation why I should get into slow flight at 1800 RPM rather than at 1500RPM. I still do not know why he wants higher power setting but not 1500RPM. He says "just do as I demonstrate - haahhhh"???... But why????...

- No ground briefings prior to flights: Would expect the instructor should explain before each flight the maneuvers to-be practiced on the board in a classroom, what the target alt/heading limits should be at what power/pitch setting. Rather the instructor uses the plane in the air as a class room and tells you to do things on the go.

- No post-flight review: After each flight I would like to know how my performance was. Rather brief "that was OK" type of feedback provided but not the techniques to overcome the issues - i.e: if I am losing altitude during steep turns, I would expect that the instructor should tell me to put the power up and trim for 2-3 rounds of pitch-up attitude... I find all these instructions on the internet - so why do I pay for instructor time???....

- Environment is totally unhealthy: School is run at a very old building - not cleaned regularly. The toilets are revolting, break-room/kitchen areas are extremely dirty. Don't want to even fill my bottle from the water-cooler. As soon as my flight is over want to get out of the building and head back home.

- Cancellation: After my 7th lesson I cancelled my training with Texas State Aviation- now trying to recover the fees I paid upfront. Lets see if there is any bit of professionalism in the refund process...

- Signed up with Redbird Skyport Flight School, next door - Excellent. Very professional approach - new and well maintained building, newer planes, Redbird motion simulators, fixed-price/fixed-time curriculum to get it all done in appx. a month...

- Texas State Aviation thumbs down...

Texas State Aviation

Sev&Carl wrote on 8/3/2017 6:53:27 PM:
Quality of Aircraft 3 Quality of Instruction 1
Availability of Aircraft 3 Availability of Instruction 1
Cleanliness of Aircraft 2 Facility Amenities 1
Community Atmosphere 1 Friendliness of Staff 1
Professionalism of Staff 1 Value of Training 1
Overall Score: 1.5/5

Employee(s) worked with: George Wilhite

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: No

Pros

Cons


My Review of Texas State Aviation:
- Total rip off: Instructor is motivated to rip you off by slowing the progress. He is paid by the hour after all. So far had 7 lessons - of which 3 is total waste.

- No procedures: instructor does not provide clear and concise maneuvers' procedures. So I downloaded the procedures from the internet to practice on my home-simulator and was told off for getting into slow flight at 1500RPM (as the procedures I downloaded defines) rather than at 1800RPM as the instructor asks. Both numbers are within POH range - but no explanation why I should get into slow flight at 1800 RPM but not at 1500RPM. I still do not know why he wants higher power setting but not 1500RPM. He says just do as I demonstrate - haahhhh???... But why????...

- No ground briefings prior to flights: Would expect the instructor should explain before each flight the maneuvers to-be practiced on the board in a classroom, what the target alt/heading limits should be at what power/pitch setting. Rather the instructor uses the plane in the air as a class room and tells you to do things on the go.

- No post-flight review: After each flight I would like to know how my performance was. Rather brief "that was OK" type of feedback provided but not the techniques to overcome the issues - i.e: if I am losing altitude during steep turns, I would expect that the instructor should tell me to put the power up and trim for 2-3 rounds of pitch-up attitude... I find all these instructions on the internet - so why do I pay for instructor time???....


- Environment is totally unhealthy: School is run at a very old building - not cleaned regularly. The toilets are revolting, break-room/kitchen areas are extremely dirty. Don't want to even fill my bottle from the water-cooler.

- Cancellation: After my 7th lesson I cancelled my training with Texas State Aviation- now trying to recover the fees I paid upfront. Lets see if there is any bit of professionalism in the refund process...

- Signed up with Redbird Skyport Flight School - Excellent. Very professional approach - new and well maintained building, newer planes, Redbird motion simulators, fixed-price/fixed-time curriculum to get it all done in appx. a month...
- Texas State Aviation thumbs down...

Texas State Aviation

Sev&Carl wrote on 8/3/2017 6:09:52 PM:
Quality of Aircraft 3 Quality of Instruction 1
Availability of Aircraft 3 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: 1.4/5

Employee(s) worked with: George Wilhite

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: No

Pros

Cons


My Review of Texas State Aviation:
- Total rip off: Instructor is motivated to rip you off by slowing the progress. He is paid by the hour after all. So far had 7 lessons - of which 3 is total waste.

- No procedures: instructor does not provide clear and concise maneuvers' procedures. So I downloaded the procedures from the internet to practice on my home-simulator and was told off for getting into slow flight at 1500RPM (as the procedures I downloaded defines) rather than at 1800RPM as the instructor asks. Both numbers are within POH range - but no explanation why I should get into slow flight at 1800 RPM but not at 1500RPM. I still do not know why he wants higher power setting but not 1500RPM. He says just do as I demonstrate - haahhhh???... But why????...

- No ground briefings prior to flights: Would expect the instructor should explain before each flight the maneuvers to-be practiced on the board in a classroom, what the target alt/heading limits should be at what power/pitch setting. Rather the instructor uses the plane in the air as a class room and tells you to do things on the go.

- No post-flight review: After each flight I would like to know how my performance was. Rather brief "that was OK" type of feedback provided but not the techniques to overcome the issues - i.e: if I am losing altitude during steep turns, I would expect that the instructor should tell me to put the power up and trim for 2-3 rounds of pitch-up attitude... I find all these instructions on the internet - so why do I pay for instructor time???....


- Environment is totally unhealthy: School is run at a very old building - not cleaned regularly. The toilets are revolting, break-room/kitchen areas are extremely dirty. Don't want to even fill my bottle from the water-cooler.

- Cancellation: After my 7th lesson I cancelled my training with Texas State Aviation- now trying to recover the fees I paid upfront. Lets see if there is any bit of professionalism in the refund process...

- Signed up with Redbird Skyport Flight School - Excellent. Very professional approach - new and well maintained building, newer planes, Redbird motion simulators, fixed-price/fixed-time curriculum to get it all done in appx. a month...
- Texas State Aviation thumbs down...


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On too many occasions, I find applicants tend to overshoot (too high on the proper glide path) when executing a simulated engine out approach and landings especially, the no-flap. 

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