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Century Air

marc wrote on 4/8/2015 5:07:41 AM:
Quality of Aircraft 1 Quality of Instruction 1
Availability of Aircraft 1 Availability of Instruction N/A
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: Dave

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: No

Pros

clean premises

Cons

Expensive
trainers keep changing

My Review of Century Air:
Century air is extremely expensive for learning to fly, there are many cheaper options out there. Be ready to spend upward of $25K for average of 100+ hours private pilot certificate. They will drag until you hit these numbers.
I observed reckless charging during ground trainings. a 15 minute feedback will show as 45 min of ground training. The training center does not control this at all, so you end up paying a huge amount for feedback and ground training.
If the aircraft is without fuel, which is most of the time I experienced, I had to wait almost an hour to pump the fuel and get back in. This one hour is charged as ground training and many such cases. So, there is an element of greed that I noticed.
This center will also ask you to make $3000 as advance payments, which is an advantage to the school but a huge disadvantage to the students. Why? because students cannot track how much is being charged every day of your training. Can you recall how many hours of ground training you went through 1 week from now? so pretty much trying to squeeze as much out of you.
they also keep your log book with them. the real idea is, if you wish to leave midway, you really cannot and they will not refund your deposit of $3000.
I completed my training but spent a fortune. Shop around couple of training centers and consider Century to be your last choice. there are many places where you can get trained well and 50% cheaper.

I would NOT recommend century flight training school.

Miami Fly

Pilot305 wrote on 3/18/2015 12:26:53 AM:
Quality of Aircraft 3 Quality of Instruction 2
Availability of Aircraft 3 Availability of Instruction 4
Cleanliness of Aircraft 3 Facility Amenities 3
Community Atmosphere 1 Friendliness of Staff 1
Professionalism of Staff 1 Value of Training 1
Overall Score: 2.2/5

Employee(s) worked with: Valdes

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: No

Pros

It's the only place in Miami with a tailwheel.

Cons

The instructor has a temper.

My Review of Miami Fly:
The instructor asked that I forego my usual routine of going through the preflight checklist including insisting that he checked the tanks for fuel. He snapped because I was not holding the throttle gently enough. Once airborne, he insisted that I only look straight and not go through the usual visual scan to identify oncoming traffic. He insisted that I keep my hands off of the yoke and maintain my altitude with gentle pushes of the yoke to point the nose down and was not allowed to trim. This all seems unbelievable as I write it, but it happened. Finally, I asked to just turn around and land. He yelled when I elected to use flaps on for a no wind landing, and continued on his tirade as I tried to ignore him exiting the aircraft which was difficult to ignore asking me "where did you learn how to fly?!?" For a while, I thought that maybe I was a bad pilot, but I had very positive feedback on subsequent checkouts since the time of this event. I almost reported him to the FSDO but decided against it. Maybe it was the wrong thing to do, because I terminated our flight because I thought he was dangerous that day.

Russell Aviation

brentbodkin wrote on 2/21/2015 4:16:53 PM:
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: Mickey Russell

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: Yes

Pros

It's all good.

Cons

None

My Review of Russell Aviation:
The phone number has changed to 719-395-6779. They provide accelerated IFR training that is not like other flight schools. It really is a "Masters" flight program that every pilot should take if you want to learn about extreme cross-wind landings, high altitude operations and mountain flight training.

Sunstate Aviation

Devindog88 wrote on 2/16/2015 2:49:51 PM:
Quality of Aircraft 4 Quality of Instruction 4
Availability of Aircraft 1 Availability of Instruction 1
Cleanliness of Aircraft 5 Facility Amenities 3
Community Atmosphere 1 Friendliness of Staff 1
Professionalism of Staff 4 Value of Training 2
Overall Score: 2.6/5

Employee(s) worked with: Mike, Steve

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: No

Pros

Good airplanes

Clean building

Fine airport

Good training programs

Organised

Cons

Too busy

Cold staff, no friend feeling

Tired looking instructors (understandable)

Too thorough, repetitive training attitude

You will likely never have the same instructor twice.

ABSURD PRICES.

My Review of Sunstate Aviation:
I really wanted to say yes to recommending this nice, organised school, but they're overbooked. Not enough planes or instructors.
I liked the planes, they seemed well taken care of for the amount of use they get.
If you book way ahead of time go ahead and try.
I went in hoping for a quick instrument rating, but no availability and I'm kind of glad, the rental prices are ABSURD. $160+ for an Arrow! I can rent that same kind of plane anywhere else in mint condition for 130-150 buckaroonies.



Tailwheels Etc.

Devindog88 wrote on 2/16/2015 2:22:25 PM:
Quality of Aircraft 1 Quality of Instruction 2
Availability of Aircraft 3 Availability of Instruction 3
Cleanliness of Aircraft 1 Facility Amenities 4
Community Atmosphere 1 Friendliness of Staff 4
Professionalism of Staff 1 Value of Training 1
Overall Score: 2.1/5

Employee(s) worked with: Randy, Travis, Liz, Rick

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: No

Pros

Greeted quickly, good location, clean bathroom

Cons

Planes are death traps, over used. Too many students, too little aircraft and maintenance.

My Review of Tailwheels Etc.:
Obviously overworked school. Instructors seem like they don't know lift from that feeling when you think your fart is gonna propel you off the toilet.
The planes aren't even planes. More like overused bolt buckets that aren't even shaped like planes anymore (ok, well, maybe shaped like them, but you get the idea). I understand the planes are used a lot, when I brought it up to them (politely and very briefly, mind you I am not a jerk) they just said something like "Oh yeah they're used some several thousand hours per month blah blah". They take nothing seriously here, not even your life.
Just... don't risk it here if you value your wallet and life.


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