I have been lurking on this site along with JH picking up various pieces of knowledge and learning a lot from all you experienced aviators for the better part of 3 months now. I've always been interested in aviation, and I recently decided to look into my rotor wing cert. I found out about SSH and decided to attend due to the only fact that they're location was convenient to where I currently lived, and it did not require me to relocate. I knew full well they're reputation, and what I was getting myself into, and I can't explain it, but for some reason, I really did have some ominous feeling about going thru with it. I guess a 200K investment after interest with no guaranteed job offer will do that to somebody. Long story short, my life recently changed with a job offer in the FAA. I am considering taking it, so I called up SSH. Simply put, my ominous fears were realized. I have only attended 2 ground classes, that is it, and I was told that if I pulled out, the school would charge a 1,000 cancellation charge, on top of 10% of the tuition cost, which by the way amounts to 7,000 So I am not going to throw a temper tantrum, if anything I am in awe that people can do this to there fellow man. I am being charged 8 g's for attending 2 classes taught by an individual with less than 150 total heli hours himself. (So much for learning from an experienced pilot) That is the reality of this school. And the logic behind this maneuver is to discourage any "would be drop out's" from not cutting out under the reasoning "oh my god, 8 grand for nothing, I might as well stay and finish” This is a sheisty and disgusting tactic. You should only pay for services that are rendered to you. In closing, let my situation be something to learn from. This tactic, this school, is not fair nor just.
Another thing I noticed, how can this company provide jobs to 1700 students? (The current amount of attendee's) when the company currently only employs 500 ? lol.... do the math... Another FYI, I just checked with Robinson to find out details about there safety course and its availability, and found that they are booked solid until July of 08!! I find that a little scary for the mere fact that I imagine most of the attendees would be up and coming CFI'S? Hoping to sweeten up they're resume with that little $400 class. That (ssh) does not pay for by the way.
So I have finally concluded that the ominous feeling that I felt would be coming from the realization that I am embarking on a path shrouded in mystery and uncertainty (i.e. uncertainty of employment within SSH, and if not where to find work and where.) In a field that seems like it is about to be flooded with a bunch of under 500 hr cfi's starving for instruction work and turbine experience due to schools like SSH. Then the industry is ruined for everyone due to the saturation of pilots within the market, I wonder what that does to salaries, not to mention what about the IRAQ vets who will be returning soon. And who could argue that they should have first rights to available flight jobs after what they have been thru. So, in conclusion, I’m sorry if I’ve rained on anyone's grandiose parade, that was not, and is not my intention, but it just doesn't add up, and before anyone takes a leap of faith and loses 8k because they sign up with this school and discover that they’re being taught a ground class by a newbie inexperienced pilot, and the student is in fact teaching himself over the internet via the school's "distance learning program" that doesn't work correctly, than my post may be of some assistance.
p.s if this situation (or anything similar) has happened to anyone, please speak up, because I wish I had someone like me tell of such a horror story instead of outside sources speculating. Although posts from the member fry, and various others have seemed to be very accurate.
The pool's full of sharks
Edited by clarity, 27 August 2007 - 19:54.