Jump to content


Tampa Bay VR FT Forum 468Helicopter AcademyFRASCA FT468
Photo
* * * * * 3 votes

Flight School Reviews


  • Please log in to reply
215 replies to this topic

#201 cadetpilot

cadetpilot

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 4 posts

Posted 18 December 2015 - 23:49

Learning to fly can be one of life's most rewarding adventures. The freedom of moving in three dimensions is not only fun but can lead to interesting career and travel opportunities. To take advantage of aviation's rewards, you must make sure you get the good, solid information and aviation training that you'll need to be a safe, confident pilot in the air.


  • pillsoi likes this

#202 everdayimhovering

everdayimhovering

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 1 posts

Posted 23 January 2016 - 16:15

Interested in doing some flight training in NYC/NJ area. Found a school in Linden, NJ called Core Helicopters. Any information would be beneficial. 

 

Thanks



#203 kjackson81

kjackson81

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 6 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 10 February 2016 - 09:52

I absolutely loved my time with FlyHAA (http://www.flyhaa.co...copter/courses/). I was able to learn from some great trainers that made things easy to understand. I would recommend them to anyone. 



#204 RotorHead56

RotorHead56

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 1 posts

Posted 10 April 2016 - 19:11

Hey so I'm going to be headed back to southern California after I get out of the military. I am looking for a good flight school that accepts the GI bill and won't screw me over. It's been pretty discouraging seeing how a lot of these schools have been completely scammin people. Does anyone have any good experiences with any flight school or the VA involved flight schools? 



#205 Cod

Cod

    Student Poster

  • VR Member
  • PipPip
  • 16 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:South Dakota
  • Company working for:Tours/Utility

Posted 12 April 2016 - 13:02

Rotor head, my recommendation is:

Step 1.  Do your research.  I spent 6 years doing mine while preparing to leave the military.

Step 2.  Build a short list of 2-3 schools and visit all of them. 

Step 3.  Select your school, then move to where your school is.

In this way, you have better options than moving to some random area, and then casting about for whatever school happens to be in your neighborhood.  An aviation career requires mobility, especially in the early days of your career.  I'm not saying this is definitely your situation, but if you can only live in a certain location in the United States, it may be tough to find work and this might not be the best career move for you?

 

All that said, I earned all my helicopter ratings through the post-911 GI Bill and Central Oregon Community College.  (The flight partner is Leading Edge Aviation, Bend, Oregon.)  COCC is a squared-away program and is run squeaky-clean, as proven by what I have seen first-hand, as well as passing VA audits with flying colors.  Best of luck to you in the future!



#206 vic82

vic82

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 2 posts

Posted 14 April 2016 - 14:41

Has anyone done any training with Helicopter Academy https://www.helicopteracademy.com/ They are offering me 100 hrs in the R-22 for $30,000. I have over 1000 hors and  Commercial with instruments from the military.



#207 Pohi

Pohi

    VR Veteran Poster

  • VR Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 962 posts

Posted 15 April 2016 - 09:30

Has anyone done any training with Helicopter Academy https://www.helicopteracademy.com/ They are offering me 100 hrs in the R-22 for $30,000. I have over 1000 hors and  Commercial with instruments from the military.


Do a quick search of these forums. You should find all sorts of different opinions about them and their programs.

#208 r22butters

r22butters

    VR Veteran Poster

  • VR Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,053 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Pluto,...at least until the next election :) ,...damn the wifi here is unbelievable!
  • Interests:Admiring the city lights and coastal sunsets from a thousand feet,...when I have the dough. :)

    ,...oh' yeah, and boobs!
    😕+🍟+🚁+🌃=☺
    .
  • Company working for:Just a happy casual renter! :)

Posted 15 April 2016 - 10:19

Has anyone done any training with Helicopter Academy https://www.helicopteracademy.com/ They are offering me 100 hrs in the R-22 for $30,000. I have over 1000 hors and  Commercial with instruments from the military.


Wow, things are that bad for 1000hr pilots!?

You probably never thought that anything you flew in the military was as difficult or complex to fly as the mighty R-22 Mariner, so as to require 100hrs of "training",...not to mention the extreme skills needed to fly photo missions!

Just remember, if you're holding a camera in your hands it not loggable as flight time. :(
Side boob is just so awesome,...yes it is!

#209 RagMan

RagMan

    VR Veteran Poster

  • VR Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 629 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 15 April 2016 - 14:10

Has anyone done any training with Helicopter Academy https://www.helicopteracademy.com/ They are offering me 100 hrs in the R-22 for $30,000. I have over 1000 hors and  Commercial with instruments from the military.

 

 

You would be better off going to a flight school and paying for quality time in a helicopter. Is your 1,000 hours Total Time, or Pilot in Command time?

 

If you haven't gone through and figured out / calculated your Pilot in Command time as per Federal Aviation Regulations from your time in the military, that would be a good place to start. If you wish to use your military time and convert it to civilian time, you will have to abide by the FAA standards of logging Pilot in Command time, as the military logs it very differently. 

 

Otherwise, this may be a good place to start.

 

http://www.justhelic...28/Default.aspx


 


#210 vic82

vic82

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 2 posts

Posted 15 April 2016 - 14:47

I have just over 1000 PIC hours and over 1300 total time, all turbine. I'm between this and Bristow for CFI, and looking for a way to build my 2000 hrs.

 

 

You would be better off going to a flight school and paying for quality time in a helicopter. Is your 1,000 hours Total Time, or Pilot in Command time?

 

If you haven't gone through and figured out / calculated your Pilot in Command time as per Federal Aviation Regulations from your time in the military, that would be a good place to start. If you wish to use your military time and convert it to civilian time, you will have to abide by the FAA standards of logging Pilot in Command time, as the military logs it very differently. 

 

Otherwise, this may be a good place to start.

 

http://www.justhelic...28/Default.aspx



#211 bruchpilot02

bruchpilot02

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 2 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Interests:I'm a 23 yaer old guy from Europ working as aflight instructor in the US. I'm happy to share my experience whith anybody who has the same dream of becomeing a helicopter pilot. Feel free to contact me with questions about flight training or the inital job as a flight instructor (bruchpilot02@gmail.com). I'm still kinda new but I'm happy to share what I know, also especially about coming to the US as a non US citizen.

    Cheers

Posted 17 June 2016 - 01:29

Aloha, I did most of my training in Hawaii with Mauna Loa Helicopters and can really recomend this school!
Stuff and instructors were very helpfull and skilled, I had for sure a great time there. For me as a non US citizen the F1 visa opend a many doors for me and also helped me to land my first job, didn't take long until I got picked up at a school as CFI.
I'm happy to share more of my experince there if somebody is interessted.

#212 IWannafly30

IWannafly30

    Student Poster

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 13 posts

Posted 08 June 2018 - 22:21

Southern Utah University in Cedar City has been in complete compliance with the VA regs for the last 3 years.  You can even get your private through CFII if you have the eligibility and benefits. Ask for Robbie and he will guide you through the whole process. I started 3 weeks ago and I absolutely love it!  https://www.suu.edu/aviation/aas.html



#213 octagon

octagon

    COM Poster

  • VR Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 30 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:USA

Posted 06 August 2018 - 06:34

I'm a student at Total Flight Solutions in Lousiville, NC (Triangle area). Great experience learning there. Everyone seems to love aviation, and they enjoy teaching. The administration is friendly and efficient. Prices are reasonable.

 

My instructor is knowledgeable and safe, and he always tries to maximize my learning value, making sure that every minute I'm paying for helicopter flight time is put to optimal use. He's patient and always keeps an upbeat vibe going, even if he has to give me the same correction multiple times.

 

The mechanic responsible for the aircraft is very experienced and enjoys his job. Whenever I have a question about some part of the helicopter during preflight checks he's happy to come out to the helicopter and explain the details of how the various parts are maintained and how to tell when a part is out of spec (they also have a number of example parts that are out of spec that students can use to feel what an unacceptable part feels like).

 

Safe, good training, good vibes, no hassles; I recommend this school.



#214 El_X

El_X

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 2 posts

Posted 23 September 2018 - 15:11

Looking for updates to Helicopter Flight School reviews. I know things change over the years with management and aircraft, so seeing what recommendations, reviews, or recent experiences there are.
Im looking at attend a program by either Jan 2019 or July 2019. Currently in OHIO working on fixed wing PPL while attending school but weather is spotty. My home state is NM and have heard of Vertical Limit Aviation but not many reviews. Also looking at Mauna Loa Hawaii. Anyone have recent experience or reviews? Pro/Con difference between their two Hawaii locations?

#215 r22butters

r22butters

    VR Veteran Poster

  • VR Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,053 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Pluto,...at least until the next election :) ,...damn the wifi here is unbelievable!
  • Interests:Admiring the city lights and coastal sunsets from a thousand feet,...when I have the dough. :)

    ,...oh' yeah, and boobs!
    😕+🍟+🚁+🌃=☺
    .
  • Company working for:Just a happy casual renter! :)

Posted 24 September 2018 - 10:52

Looking for updates to Helicopter Flight School reviews. I know things change over the years with management and aircraft, so seeing what recommendations, reviews, or recent experiences there are.
Im looking at attend a program by either Jan 2019 or July 2019. Currently in OHIO working on fixed wing PPL while attending school but weather is spotty. My home state is NM and have heard of Vertical Limit Aviation but not many reviews. Also looking at Mauna Loa Hawaii. Anyone have recent experience or reviews? Pro/Con difference between their two Hawaii locations?


I did my commercial at Mauna Loa at the Kona location. However, as it was twelve years ago the only experience of mine that could possibly still be relevant is this,...

Its the driest part of the driest island, so on those few days the islands were being pounded by a nasty storm, we were the only ones who could still fly. In fact, if I had been at either of the other locations I would have had to postpone my checkride, whereas on the Big Island I just had to re-work the xc part of my test a little.
Side boob is just so awesome,...yes it is!

#216 Boatpix

Boatpix

    VR Veteran Poster

  • VIP Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 277 posts

Posted 18 October 2018 - 15:45

We remain the only school that can guarantee you a job.


Tom McDermott, manager
HelicopterAcademy.com/BOATPIX





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users



Arkansas Helicopters VR FT200GuidanceVRFTForum200VOLO_VRFT200702HeliVRFT200Anthelion_VRFTForum200Precision_FTForum200Heli Aviation FT200JerryTrimbleUNDVRFTForum200