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Berichi Aviation

Brody wrote on 4/22/2016 3:03:11 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: Charlie Berichi

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: Yes

Pros

Best rates, new airplanes. The staff are extremly professional.

Cons

They are very busy. I had to wait two weeks to get a discovery flight.

My Review of Berichi Aviation:
I have an inherent fear of flying. I went with my girlfriend on her discovery flight. I've never had more fun in my life. These people are awesome. The sights they showed us, absolutely phenomenal. Their plane was brand new and they don't try to scare you if you tell them not to. I went on a helicopter ride in Las Vegas one time for my birthday. Those guys try to make you sick, very scary. Berichi Aviation was nothing but professional during our entire time with them. We both got free t-shirts and polo's, too! 5 stars!

Ultimate Air Academy

Christosisathief wrote on 2/15/2016 9:45:57 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: Christos Flagkakis

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: Yes

Pros

Cons

Unreliable Equipment
Dangerous Maintenance Procedures
Low Quality Instruction
Untrustworthy Staff

My Review of Ultimate Air Academy:
Stay away from Christos Flagkakis. I am one of dozens of students who have been ripped off by this guy. As inexperienced aviators we trusted his judgement and did not believe that would actually steal our money. We were wrong but many of us advanced our career and became industry professionals while Christos languished in his mediocrity and inability to live with integrity.

Thankfully we are now in a position to report his crimes which include some pretty serious allegations. His name in our industry is absolute crap and has been for almost a decade.

Christos , I hope you saved the almost $100,000 which you stole from your students , you will need it, I promise.

East Coast Aero Club - Bedford

xenedra0821 wrote on 2/4/2016 12:41:25 PM:
Quality of Aircraft 5 Quality of Instruction 5
Availability of Aircraft 5 Availability of Instruction 4
Cleanliness of Aircraft 5 Facility Amenities 4
Community Atmosphere 5 Friendliness of Staff 4
Professionalism of Staff 5 Value of Training 5
Overall Score: 4.7/5

Employee(s) worked with: Jim Henry

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: Yes

Pros

Clean, well-maintained aircraft
Exceptional instructors
Thorough Training
Knowledgeable staff

Cons

Price (in comparison to other schools)

My Review of East Coast Aero Club - Bedford:
I started my PPL training at another school and moved on after I lost confidence in my instructor. I was a little put off by East Coast's pricing, but they are truly worth every penny. My instructor is exceptional, the planes are very clean and well maintained, and I feel like a welcomed part of the family every time I walk in the door. Even the owner has taken the time to walk out with me to the plane and chat with me. I have also been impressed by the office staff, who all seem to be very knowledgeable. Admittedly, I'm a fairly difficult to please non-people person person, but I can only offer the highest of praises for the people I have met here and especially of my instructor - Jim Henry. His schedule is a bit limited, but if you are able to train during daytime hours, I definitely recommend syncing up with him.

Aero-Smith

aviator008 wrote on 1/13/2016 12:20:37 AM:
Quality of Aircraft 3 Quality of Instruction 3
Availability of Aircraft 3 Availability of Instruction 3
Cleanliness of Aircraft 3 Facility Amenities 3
Community Atmosphere 3 Friendliness of Staff 3
Professionalism of Staff 3 Value of Training 1
Overall Score: 2.8/5

Employee(s) worked with: Lee Jones

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: No

Pros

Cons

chief flight instructor never signs you off

My Review of Aero-Smith:
I spent a huge sum of money with them and the chief flight instructor never signed me off for the check ride..They keep saying you are not ready for the test then it came down to you have a lot of money with us basically saying to you to get lost...The chief flight instructor Lee Jones is a piece of garbage...

Florida Aviation Academy

Pilotwings123 wrote on 12/19/2015 6:04:01 PM:
Quality of Aircraft 2 Quality of Instruction 3
Availability of Aircraft 4 Availability of Instruction 4
Cleanliness of Aircraft 2 Facility Amenities 3
Community Atmosphere 1 Friendliness of Staff 2
Professionalism of Staff 1 Value of Training 1
Overall Score: 2.3/5

Employee(s) worked with: Raul Puga, Carrie Sommer, Jack Fitzgerald

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: No

Pros

Instructors for the most part are good
Good location
Good airport

Cons

Poorly Managed
Long history of stealing students money
Director of flight school is very rude
Aircraft are maintained to minimum standards
Highly priced compared to other schools
Mostly a scam to get money out of international students

My Review of Florida Aviation Academy:
Don't know where to begin with this place, the airplanes are old and their rental rates are high. They make you pay for your training in installments. Don't give these people a cent of your money. I wouldn't trust the owners (Jack and Carrie) with a plastic spoon let alone my money. Carrie will schedule you for flights that you do not need. There is no structure to their program. Would stay away from them at all costs.


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Ask The CFI: Pitch or Power For Airspeed?
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3/2/2016

Whether we should control the airspeed of our aircraft by using pitch or power is a hotly debated topic in the flight training community. One school of thought is that we should use power for adjusting our airspeed, the other thinks that pitch should be used to control our airspeed. While it might be instinctual to use power to increase our speed like we do in nearly all other motorized vehicles, I am going to outline why in my experience as a flight instructor and pilot, that it is easier to understand and control our aircraft's speed using pitch, not power.

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