HeliVane Posted September 2, 2013 Report Share Posted September 2, 2013 More than anything on these flight training posts, I see people looking to find flight schools that fit them perfectly. Location, ease of training, value in their training, trusting their training.These are all very important in the search for a flight school that fits their needs, but it should be understood that sometimes, your best bet is found when you step outside your comfort zone and sacrifice what you have now to prepare your future. I searched for a school nationwide that fit my needs at the time. Close to my comfort zone (home), accepted the GI bill, had adequate facilities, accommodated my youthful and very outdoor lifestyle and could produce (hopefully) a job for me at the end.I only found three. This was in 2009, and the economy was in the dumps. The flight school field to choose from was like grabbing bubbles; you'd find what sounded like a great school, only to watch it fold under the economic crash. There were still a lot of schools, especially part 61, but what I needed was a long-lasting and sustainable school that took the GI bill, but wasn't in the middle of the prairie lands.That meant a part 141 school, with an adjoining college or university, and still had to incorporate my outdoor active lifestyle.That left one.My girlfriend and I decided to go for it because future helicopter pilots have the same mentality as helicopter pilots. She and I rented out our two houses to who knows what kind of people, quit both of our corporate jobs, consolidated our belongings into a single 1,200 square foot townhouse and moved away from both our families. It was the most intense first six months of our lives. And in the end, we are so happy to have done so.Now, I am a helicopter flight instructor with 1,000 hours, have a degree from an accredited college, have a new addition to the family in a beautiful little girl, fly every single day, still own our two rental houses, get an amazing view from the office every day, and couldn't be happier. All because we had the courage and foresight to just go for it.I hope everyone else can get the same results as I did, but the lifestyle often comes with a lifestyle change. Be ready for it, and reap the rewards, there's very few careers that look anything like that of a helicopter pilot.Let me know how your story went- I'd like to see more of us flying and filling in the gap of the last generation with strong knowledge and skill sets that surpass the last generation. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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