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  1. I thought I would have to get an EKG but because I'm under 35 he said I didn't have to worry about it. Maybe that's why it was cheaper for me.
  2. Thanks for the quick reply! I'm aware that I really have no reason to have it but he offered it at the same price and it does feel good to know that I was able to qualify for it.
  3. This may seem like a silly question but until recently I had never gone for a physical. I started turned in my MedXpress online portion a fair amount of time before going in for the actual physical. Mainly due to nerves that I wouldn't pass due to my eyesight. Going off some advice I received previously, I went in to apply for my second class certificate since I knew that if I started down this road I'd want to go for at least my commercial cert. Anyway, I went in and ended up walking out with a first class cert the same day. From what I've heard, this process could take weeks. The doctor is actually the one who informed me that he could issue me a first class cert right then because I met all the requirements and it was the same price. I was ecstatic because I had been worried for so long on whether or not I'd even qualify for second class but the more I think about it the more I wonder how legit it is. Could it really be that easy or was I duped? I'm not trying to sound uniformed or ungrateful if it's legit, just curious.
  4. No offense taken, that's why I'm here asking questions. Thanks for the viewpoints.
  5. Thanks again everyone for your responses. Mulling these points over and now realizing that I'll already be preoccupied with just learning the basics, I was wondering if it would be too unconventional to obtain my PPL at my current location and then relocate for my commercial certification, in order to train and get more experience in a higher altitude environment, later on? Are CFI's less willing to train pilots that they did not train for their PPL? I imagine it would make it harder to find a follow up CFI/CFII job by not sticking with one school, but would the versatility be a plus later on or are the hours too negligible to make a difference? Assuming funds were unlimited and weather permitting, how quickly could someone with a PPL earn their commercial (minimum)? Sorry for all of the questions, I just want to be sure I have a solid plan before committing to a school/program. As always, all input is much appreciated.
  6. Thanks for the input, I was unaware that the military's flight schools were at sea level. I had tried the military route when I was younger (as a warrant officer) but they wouldn't have me. I'll keep those habits in mind when I start training. I appreciate your view on this. I've been hearing/reading plenty about pilots who learn at sea level being "power management lazy" (thanks for that Goldy). Aside from actually learning in high altitude environment, can you offer any advice that could help me avoid being one of those pilots? While I do eventually intend on relocating to one of the states mentioned in my original post, I'm putting it off until my savings account is a bit more stocked.
  7. First of all, thanks so much to everyone who's taken the time to respond so far! Sorry that my responses are out of order, I'm new to utilizing MultiQuote. I have read plenty on the forums of the importance of a CFI and CFII in order to be marketable and that is indeed also on my to-do list. The estimate is also fairly accurate to mine, according to the schools I've been researching, since I do not at all expect to obtain my Cert's within the "minimum requirements" most schools seem to provide their Program Cost lists for. However, one of the schools I'm looking at is Helicopter Academy. From what I've been researching, they do guarantee their pilots with jobs once they hit the 300 hour mark, though I haven't personally spoken with any pilots who went this route. Thanks for the insight! My main reason for not jumping on training at a high alt school is because the cost of relocation, increased living expenses (I have a pretty sweet/cheap arrangement currently), and the added stress/costs of living while job searching in the meantime will seriously cut into my savings for these plans. I have a great job and benefits at the moment and while I would rather not sacrifice my guaranteed income which will help me afford future hours, I'd consider it if the perks outweighed everything else (but that doesn't seem to be the case so far). I'm so glad you responded! One of the schools I was looking into relocating for was in the Rockies (Heli-Op) so your input is especially valuable as far as employment after training goes. I would have indeed been one of those paying for the "experience to stand out" as you so eloquently put it. The interview from day one comment is semi-worrying because I have a more alternative appearance to professional one. Lucky for me, my current employer is Equal Opportunity and I am generally complimented on my "award winning personality", so hopefully that will work out in my favor. Hahah, I love the mountains! However I love the ocean just as much! You're the second person I've seen on here raving about Boatpix and while I was curious what my "in" would be for that, I just recently discovered that one of the main schools I was looking into is the right one for it! Thanks for the reassurance. ^.^ Thanks again to everyone who has responded! I feel much more confident in my decision to stay put until I obtain the certifications necessary to take on the industry. How lucky/blessed I am to be situated in an area with so many opportunities in the field. Fly safe, everyone!
  8. Hello, everyone! I'm new to the site so apologies if this has already been covered somewhere, if it is, I wasn't able to find it. A little bit of backstory: I've been wanting to become a pilot for awhile but have been waiting until I had enough funds to get through my PPL relatively quick. My end game is to become a commercial pilot and while I am well aware of the cost and time investments involved it is the location of my school/training facility I'm inquiring about. I hail from South Florida but am interested in flying for the working abroad opportunities. I was told by another helicopter pilot I had met that the biggest disservice I could do myself was learn to fly on flat land. I have looked into going to CO/AZ/WA for schooling but noticed that in order to take the High Alt/Mnt course I would need to already hold my PPL; Additionaly the schools I was looking at informed me they would not consider training anyone on this course with less than 500 hours already. This information makes me think it would be smarter to stick with my current job while working towards my PPL at a local school (Pelican, Helicopter Academy, Florida Helicopters, etc.). My concern is that having my starting hours on "flat land" will negatively affect my chances at an international job. Would it be better for my future in flight to get my PPL in a more mountainous state even though they won't be considered High Alt/Mnt hours until after the add-on course? Or does it even make a difference? Sorry for the wall of text but any insight would be greatly appreciated!
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