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#61 Azhigher

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 00:18

I guess I'll post my review of my school here.

I did all my training (0 hours - CFII) at Quantum Helicopters (Quantumhelicopters.com) in Chandler AZ.

Honestly, I couldn't have asked for better. All my instructors were great, no shortage of aircraft, and I never felt like I was getting milked for cash or being held back for any reason. I handled my own financing so money wasn't an issue but word is they help out with that kind of thing if you need it. Overall, I'd recommend them to any prospective student looking to get some training.

The best part is probably that they try to hire each and every student that gets their CFI through them. A nice little bit of security in these troubled times...

Edited by Azhigher, 18 March 2009 - 00:19.


#62 flyby737

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 09:42

Just finished my training at Longhorn Helicopters. Professional instructors new well maintained equipment with outstanding avionic's packages. 5 300C 's and a 206 several instructors and one of the owners is a DPE. A great experience would highly recommend them.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:01

Looking to train in the Pacific NW???

I'm finishing up my CFI training now with Jerry Trimble http://www.jerrytrimblehelicopters.com.

Small school with 1 VERY well maintained R22.
Super flexible training schedule, and the best rates I have seen. I started out at a very large and very expensive school....training was excellent, but it was super expensive, and you can't compare learning from a 400 pilot to a REAL pilot with 30 years in the business. I HIGHLY recommend Jerry Trimble. Great guy who can offer you so much from his many years in the business.
He is also very proactive in helping you find work. Larger flight schools rarely offer any assistance.

JTH's is located in McMinnville, OR. MMV is a very friendly moderately busy airport in Golf airspace so you can fly in almost any weather. HIO is our local towered airport so you can get ATC experience there. There is an FAA testing center on site, free coffee, friendly people.

Beautiful area (I grew up in this area, so I am biased!!) and lots to do for recreation.

PM me if you would like more info. Since I changed schools, I have never been happier!!!

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 23:01

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 15:11

:D

ATP completed!!

After all these years, and having passed the Knowledge Test on other occassions and letting it expire, I have the ticket in my pocket!

Helicopter Solutions ( HelicopterSolutions.net ) provided the workup for the Practical, and an aircraft (Bell 206B) at a VERY reasonable cost. I showed up with the written completed, and they did an "inventory flight" with me to see where I stood on currency and proficiency, and geared a program for me that really worked.

The check ride was tough and fair. I had a really good day on the approaches and the oral, though long, was to the point and direct. No "gotcha" questions or bad attitude. Overall, I enjoyed the exhausting ride.

Bottom line, it is about the bottom line! ATP passed on the first attempt at a total cost of less than $4,000. Cost will vary based on your level of competency, but I believe I got my money's worth! I believe they will do well for anyone, at any level of experience.

Thanks to Tim and Cliff for the assistance!

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 17:59

Hello,

I am training for my commercial and CFI at http://www.maunaloahelicopters.com/ on the Hawaii islands, great learning environment.

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 16:29

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Edited by Rotorookie, 10 March 2014 - 16:30.

R22, R44, S300C, AH1G, AS350B2/B3, 206L3/L4, EC130B4/T2


#68 betr_thn_Icarus

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 11:43

I'll vouch for Helitahoe's instructors. Great couple of guys there! One of them was an instructor of mine. While on the ground I must warn you you will need a handfull of good comebacks ready at all times...lol All jokes aside, I would send my best friend there.
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Posted 03 February 2010 - 02:05

My experance with Bristow new iberia campus.
OK!. well here we go. So after spending time searching for schools nation wide i came up with bristow. I sent them an email from Afganastan where i was at the time and set up an appt to see the school and take an intro flight. Im curently on my r and r so i flew out to Louisiana from my home in vegas to make the flight and tour the school per the arangement i had made with them....now here is where everything started to go sideways. as i stood in the "lobby" looking at an empty receptionist seat...wondering who the guy was on the couch working on his computer and the girl on the other couch who looked like a student was.. an air of unprofessionalism kind of came over me...After a min or so, the girl finally asked if she could help us some how. I told her who i was and that i had a tour and flight set up with (name omited)... she was nice and went in the back and retrivied someone who introuduced herself as Mrs mary...ok well i then informed Mrs mary who i was and what i was doing there...she then dissapeared and while we could hear her asking around for my pilot she remained gone for several min until fainally returning to inform me that he was not there but if i waited for 2 hours...someone could get me a flight...no tour no apoligy, no anything other than i need to wait if i wanted to pay them for a flight. I again informed her i was intrested in attending the school, that i had flown out for the sole reason of talking to them and touring the campus as well as taking a flight but all i got was a blank stare. Pretty upsetting considering i have been looking for the last 6 months at relocating to Louisiana for this school figuring it was prolly a pretty pro operation considering the company....just my experance.....im now looking at colorado heli ops based soley on some of the great posts made by someone who works for them..... In this market it just floors me that my business was taken this lightly and i felt like as i walked out the door they could have cared less? anyway...good luck and i hope you have a better experance if you decide to go with this company... ;) mike

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 12:04

My favorite school is Quantum Helicopters in Chandler, AZ. I also went to Universal, they were ok, but had some strange ideas about dress code that I thought were a little too controlling.

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 02:41

Anyone have some info about Twin Air LA?

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 12:21

I'm just about to finish up my Commercial Helicopter add-on at Kissimmee Helicopters.
My instructors have been great and I've never had a problem with the availability of their R-44.
Solo'd the aircraft no problem, I researched the rental/instruction market extensivly and this was absolutly the best rate to be had, I paid 299.00 an hour wet plus 40.00 for instruction in the Robinson R-44, good luck finding that anywhere else.
Call Thom at kissimmee helicopters (they are located just south of Orlando,FL)
407-973-9347
www.kissimmeehelicopters.com
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Posted 16 June 2010 - 09:49

Ok, I started training over a year ago with the goal of CFII. I have been to a few schools along the way.Two stick out the most. BRISTOW, We all know the name! Not so good at all. Took over 10,000 from me and left me short of important knowledge. Donít be fooled into this school by there size. A student to them is just a number. My top pick! SRT Helicopters based out of KBFL Chris is the man. Real world training and high expectations. Bakersfield is a little out of the way. But your training sets your foundation for the rest of your career. Good luck with your blade time and keep them spinning over min RPM.

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 16:09

I have said it before here Bristow was bad. Not a good school in the least. SRT is where I am now and very happy. Check em out at SRTHelo.com

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 16:41

I see Chris is getting you to plug for business, things never change.

I went to Bristow, not a bad school but it is a corporation and they care more about your money than they do about the student. It used to be an awesome place when it was HAI. Much higher quality in my opinion. You will get your certs but without the personal touch of other schools.

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 23:53

I'm still in the military but, I am having a hard time finding schools that will take the post 9/11 gi bill. I read there has to be a college attached to the school or vice versa in order for the gi bill to work for them (excepth the 60% from the old gi bill).

I have found a couple ( like vertex i think) schools that take the post 9/11 gi bill but where else is there in texas and california? Oh and currently I live in Oak harbor washington but i plan on moving to one of those states.


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Posted 13 July 2010 - 03:45

So anyone have anything to say about vertex in texas? I need to go to a school that accepts the post 9 11 gi bill somewhere in cali or texas.

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 19:41

Anyone have some info about Twin Air LA?


Twin Air is not in LA it is an hour to the Northwest in Camarillo, CA. It is a small school but fairly inexpensive - if you opt for a complete "Program" to CFI you are guaranteed a job.

hope that helps...

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 08:09

Hello all,

Another new guy here. Is there any word, good; bad; or otherwise about Chappell Heli or PeeDee Heli? Both are in South Carolina

http://chappellhelic...com/default.htm

http://peedeeheli.com/

Thanks in advance!

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 22:07

Hey WTF,

I have seen there websites but the best one in that area is www.heliplaneaviation.com They are based in Anderson and are top notch. Check them out and ask for James or Scott.




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