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  1. Just a quick question: I thought I remembered an EMS pilot once saying that there is a ton of workover available to someone who really wants to make money and/or travel, but never referred to it in any way as being mandatory. I'm seeing a few posts and references that workover can be required for pilots at times. Is this true? Or am I misreading this? "I know your 7 days are up, but we need you in Witchita for 5 days. Have fun."
  2. Does anyone have any recommendations of a LED torch that you like? This sounds like a good first step, but don't want to get one that could be hazardous if dropped in the tank. I think I saw someone mentioned a sealed LED light with the addition of a strap. Speaking of a 206. I've heard through a friend that his cousin is flying tours out west somewhere and their fuel gauge has been broken for over a year. I'll see if I can ask, but how would one check the fuel on that assuming a flat out broken gauge? Top off every time? The CFI's don't check the fuel level, everything is 100% re
  3. How does everyone visually check their fuel on preflight? I've been noticing the gauges have been slightly erratic, with them bouncing around maybe +/- 1/6th of a tank. The checklist calls for you to visually look in, but normally it is too dark to really see anything but a slight shine of liquid (unless it is topped off). The school also doesn't want students jamming sticks down in the tanks as well. So are there any other methods that can give you a good indication of if you are at say 10 gallons on the main? (R22)
  4. This is what has me concerned the most. There's little doubt that most can maintain a 2ft hover without exceeding the MAP chart and make a very long take off, but those little stress fractures that start adding up for future pilots and passenger. There are much heavier students than myself, so if this culture is prevalent for everyone to "just go", what is lurking on the inside that isn't apparent on a preflight. The helicopters at the school are definitely tired as well, with a few just being shy of overhaul. I don't want to necessarily say that nobody does a W&B, but I've only see one
  5. So as a student you are getting ready to make a long dual cross country flight in a R22. You do your planning and find that the destination is 2.5 hours away and your instructor says just to top it off. Even though you may want to just go and not do a W&B, because the temperature is a cool 45* F and very little humidity, you know that it's required to do one as per the FAR's and sit down to crunch the numbers (even though you can see the reluctance in your instructor's face). The numbers come out to be 1420lbs (50 lbs over max gross) and ever so slightly out of the CG envelope. Your
  6. Great information. I'm also thinking of going this route.
  7. I guess you could classify it as backpedaling, but I would say it's more of clearing things up. And yes I'm changing my language about the school because there is a lot of prejudice going on with the brief summary I gave. Anytime someone hears "guaranteed job" I don't blame them for having red flags go off (Boatpix). I'm now trying to emphasize that it's a guaranteed "slot", if you fit the criteria of a good pilot. So has my story changed? Definitely. But that is because there was so much outcry about my language and not the substance. People are equating them with slimy sales tactics and the
  8. I'm not sure if this post was for the original message of this thread or for the networking/pilatus discussion, but I'll emphasize again, the owner is not a pressuring salesman nor do I think I'm stupid for trying to secure a job post training. I don't know where to draw the line in the sand for being a salesman, but the idea behind the flight school is to have an opportunity for a person to instruct if they go through the program. This is counter to other programs who will guarantee you a job initially the day you walk in, to which I agree, is highly unlikely. I've talked to other instructors
  9. Thanks everyone for your input. I know the thread went in another direction about networking, which is good as it's all very informative, but let me ask this just to be clear. As I've pointed out I do have faith in this school as having better training and opportunities than my plan B school (or any others that are plausible) as referenced above. Do you think it would still be to my advantage to train at the plan A school immediately (or on my own schedule) even though they have their job cycle already relatively pre-determined? I understand everyone's concern about the guaranteed job, but w
  10. The owner aims to hire all of its graduates. Understandably if 30 students start all at one time, its great for business, but not for the end result of having them all be instructors. I said striking while the iron is hot because that is what everyone is referencing in this thread. I mentioned that I may have to wait a couple years before I can begin. I keep hearing that those who act now will be way ahead. I'm trying to make the right choice, and no Spike I'm not trying to sell anything or even reveal the name of the school as I don't want to tarnish anyone's reputation on my behalf. The m
  11. Maybe look at this situation from a different perspective. I haven't been able to find a better* school when you weigh out all of the relative categories. I somewhat agree with the strike while the iron is hot mentality, but obviously jumping into a school with strictly R44s is a "bad decision" regardless of the time. So there is a balance. I guess what I'm trying to show is that the school is great in the other categories: safety, price, availability, convenience, connections; and yes up to this point my mind was made up. I understand that there are no guarantees, but as mentioned in a prev
  12. Thanks Spike. My long post was just to clarify some of the misinformation and yes, it is human nature to reenforce a previously made decision. I agree it's sad that I'm supporting a school that could really care less about me, but I want to make sure it is emphasized that the atmosphere and sales tactics are not what many think (a particular one comes to mind on here). I just saw a lot of "don't go for the 'guaranteed job', go for a busy school!", but they are in fact the busiest school I have found. So I'm not trying to necessarily hunker down in my decision, I'm just trying to point out that
  13. Great posts everyone they really help. I’ll just go through and pick some of the things I saw and respond to clarify where I stand and going forward. “The school exists not to promote you and not to hire you, but to take your money. The school accepts you because you have money. You go to the school because you think you can get the most bang for your buck at the school, which for someone learning to fly is little more than getting basic FAA certification and the possibility of interviewing for a job. “ I 100% agree about them being very interested in my money. That’s business. I don’t
  14. I completely agree that if any school says "yea we hire everybody!" then that's definitely a red flag as the student instructor ratio would obviously not work. What seemed interesting about this place is they only offer the "guaranteed position" to 3 people per year, which calls for a waiting list. So the combination of tours and students has them in and out in the right cycle. I think my mind has made this school into the holy grail of flight training, and I'm not sure if it is true or not. When I compare them to every other school they always seem to rank the highest in terms of safety, qu
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