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#1 Sunchase

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 07:54

Hello to everyone!!!!
I am looking for a good school in California for getting PPL. I am a foreigner. I chose CA for many reasons, I hope they have decent schools there.
Please share, if you have some information or personal experience.
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Posted 16 August 2019 - 00:45

Many good operators in SoCal with most having pretty easy access to anything from congested airspace to remote ops. Do a search on the topic and you'll see a pretty good list from a few years back. Some of the legendary instructors have retired, but their legacy continues. I completed RW training at Helistream at Sa-nn-ta-ah-ah-nah as Peanut would say/ KSNA (technically off airport) or Fullerton/ KFUL. Consistent instructors, good inventory of aircraft (but pretty much Robbies for training), excellent Mx, they provide a lot of recurrent gov training, they're involved with other contract work (Fire, utility), you may have opportunity to join after full training. Also, you'll be getting a lot of confined space training off the bat from a rooftop heliport. Always fun in the beginning having either hangar doors or walls to keep your skills tight with recirculating air. Western Helicopters at Riverside/ KRAL is also legendary. Did some initial training with Bob Spencer years back but finished with Helistream (shorter commute). Do some followup in person and see what might be the best fit.


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Posted 16 August 2019 - 01:30

At SNA I highly recommend you check out Rogue Aviation...they have an excellent pass rate.

www.flyrogue.com

 

My personal observation is that Helistream has moved heavily into Law Enforcement contract training in the last few years and that is their focus.


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Posted 17 August 2019 - 00:38

Many good operators in SoCal with most having pretty easy access to anything from congested airspace to remote ops. Do a search on the topic and you'll see a pretty good list from a few years back. Some of the legendary instructors have retired, but their legacy continues. I completed RW training at Helistream at Sa-nn-ta-ah-ah-nah as Peanut would say/ KSNA (technically off airport) or Fullerton/ KFUL. Consistent instructors, good inventory of aircraft (but pretty much Robbies for training), excellent Mx, they provide a lot of recurrent gov training, they're involved with other contract work (Fire, utility), you may have opportunity to join after full training. Also, you'll be getting a lot of confined space training off the bat from a rooftop heliport. Always fun in the beginning having either hangar doors or walls to keep your skills tight with recirculating air. Western Helicopters at Riverside/ KRAL is also legendary. Did some initial training with Bob Spencer years back but finished with Helistream (shorter commute). Do some followup in person and see what might be the best fit.


Thank you so much 🙏🏻
Helistream is on my list along with Civic Helicopters
Ill search info about Western Helicopters
thank you 🙏🏻

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Posted 17 August 2019 - 00:40

At SNA I highly recommend you check out Rogue Aviation...they have an excellent pass rate.
www.flyrogue.com
 
My personal observation is that Helistream has moved heavily into Law Enforcement contract training in the last few years and that is their focus.

Ill check them
Thank you 🙏🏻

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Posted 19 August 2019 - 20:14

At SNA I highly recommend you check out Rogue Aviation...they have an excellent pass rate.
www.flyrogue.com
 
My personal observation is that Helistream has moved heavily into Law Enforcement contract training in the last few years and that is their focus.


Unfortunately, they dont provide M1 visa

So, my list so far:
HeliStream
HeliPro
Civic helicopters
Western Helicopters

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 16:56

Would appreciate any info on California Aviation services (Riverside)




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