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With so many options out there, how does one decide if a school is reputable just based on a visit. I've kind of narrowed down between Quantum and Universal, one of which because it's pretty close to home. Anyways, any input would be appreciated. Side note, I'm 80% chapter 33

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If only I had a crystal ball lol. That's what I've found to be consistent through all of my research. I'm starting to get up there in age (36) and I'm ready to take the leap. I do have a degree non aviation related in the event I need it to fall back on.

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I recommend Middle River Aviation or Helicopter Academy. Helicopter Academy grantees a job after you log 300 hours with them. With Middle River Aviation, you could probably negotiate the same, perhaps with less hours.

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Well, Universal and Guidance Aviation are both solid programs in that area (from what I've read and what others say about them.) I don't have any info on Quantum.

 

Check into Leading Edge Aviation in Oregon as well if relocation isnt a problem.

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Probably the same with Quantum, with all their foreign students.

 

Fwiw I went to Quantum and had a very good experience.

 

If you make it all the way through CFII with Universal you should have a job.

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I'll second the vote for Quantum. I have no experience with the others so it's not a vote against them but went to Quantum for a couple add on ratings and found the owner, Neil Jones, to be very professional and accommodating. All instructors I interacted with were great as was the quality of helicopters and maintenance. Not only is there a possibility of work there after completion but I got the impression that Neil Jones created an atmosphere for his instructors to move on to other jobs and facilitated this when possible.

 

If your in the area of those two schools I'd try to spend some time hanging out a little and observe their interactions. Things like aircraft and instructor availability when scheduling will have a huge impact on you too.

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