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Birdman1995
01-13-2019, 05:19 PM
Looking for info on AeroGuard flight school for my nephew who is graduating from high school this spring.

I read their website, but need some real word intelligence.


rswitz
01-13-2019, 07:25 PM
Just briefly ran through their website. Haven't heard of it before but seems to be a fine flight school.

I'm not sure what the cost is or what the relationship with SkyWest entails but if there is any kind of written commitment to SkyWest, I would be thourough in your research.

SkyWest is a great place to be, but I'm always weary of flight schools that have "connections" to regionals because it's unnecessary in this hiring climate.

Almost every regional is hiring all they can and committing to any one regional now may only limit your nephews options in the future when every airline is hiring.

This industry changes so much every day.
When hiring starts exploding at the majors during the next several years when he finishes flight school and his 1500 hours, I'd want to keep his options open without being tied to a regional.

My 2 cents - go visit several flight schools and talk to the instructors. Get a feel for the place. Find a few you like and choose the cheapest one. Airlines don't care where their pilots get their ratings and having 75k of debt won't help him get hired at United, nor make him a better pilot.

I went to a small mom and pop outfit in FL and spent a 5th of the price of one of these big name brand schools. I've never even been asked where I got my ratings and certainly never had issues getting hired because of it. As long as maintenance is good, instructor is good and he gets along with him, that's all that matters.

So unless SkyWest is funding the program with no strings attached, I'd look around before signing up.

ninerdriver
01-14-2019, 01:33 AM
Just briefly ran through their website. Haven't heard of it before but seems to be a fine flight school.

I'm not sure what the cost is or what the relationship with SkyWest entails but if there is any kind of written commitment to SkyWest, I would be thourough in your research.

SkyWest is a great place to be, but I'm always weary of flight schools that have "connections" to regionals because it's unnecessary in this hiring climate.

Almost every regional is hiring all they can and committing to any one regional now may only limit your nephews options in the future when every airline is hiring.

This industry changes so much every day.
When hiring starts exploding at the majors during the next several years when he finishes flight school and his 1500 hours, I'd want to keep his options open without being tied to a regional.

My 2 cents - go visit several flight schools and talk to the instructors. Get a feel for the place. Find a few you like and choose the cheapest one. Airlines don't care where their pilots get their ratings and having 75k of debt won't help him get hired at United, nor make him a better pilot.

I went to a small mom and pop outfit in FL and spent a 5th of the price of one of these big name brand schools. I've never even been asked where I got my ratings and certainly never had issues getting hired because of it. As long as maintenance is good, instructor is good and he gets along with him, that's all that matters.

So unless SkyWest is funding the program with no strings attached, I'd look around before signing up.

All of this.


Birdman1995
01-14-2019, 07:59 AM
Good info. Iíll look at other schools in AZ also.

Thank you!

rickair7777
01-14-2019, 08:27 AM
Regionals are trying to get candidates emotionally invested in their particular company as early as possible... get 'em on the hook so to speak.

If there is financial consideration provided for basic flight training, then there will be an obligation, which is reasonable.

I would not accept any sort of obligation for anything other than cash or flight training below the ATP level.

Some programs may offer a slight benefit in seniority, it's OK to do that as long as you were going to work there anyway.

But your choice of regional employer should be based on career progression considerations to the majors (and geography if that even matters to you, typically more important for older folks with families). Avoid the usual bottom-feeders in most cases.

trip
01-14-2019, 08:44 AM
Never heard of them.

Cefiro
01-14-2019, 08:49 AM
I donít think this school is actually affiliated with SkyWest. Sounds like they have an instructor pathway agreement with SkyWest and help you get tuition reimbursement. Most flight schools have both these things.

zondaracer
01-14-2019, 09:42 AM
Aeroguard was PanAm. SkyWest bought a stake in Aeroguard about two years ago.

Cosgr
01-14-2019, 09:56 AM
Aeroguard was PanAm. SkyWest bought a stake in Aeroguard about two years ago.

The progression was PanAm to TransPac to Aeroguard now.

zondaracer
01-14-2019, 09:58 AM
The progression was PanAm to TransPac to Aeroguard now.

Yeah that. One of my friends did all of his training there and then instructed. After completing IOE at skywest, he got a pretty nice bonus/tuition reimbursement.

Sculprit
01-15-2019, 04:26 PM
Iím a OO employee who attended the program at AeroGuard. Some of what people posted above is accurate and some of it is inaccurate. Iíll shoot you a PM.

hawk21
01-15-2019, 05:50 PM
I love my company but it's a rip off to sign your life away to a regional before you even have your ratings. Hopefully you're not actually committed to SkyWest if you go through them.

trip
01-16-2019, 06:37 AM
Iím a OO employee who attended the program at AeroGuard. Some of what people posted above is accurate and some of it is inaccurate. Iíll shoot you a PM.

Typical, super secret program, donít talk about this in public or social media, yay, yay, yay...

Birdman1995
01-16-2019, 08:53 AM
Thanks for some of the direct messages. Here is some of your feedback. Thoughts?

Sounds like a decent school, but they seems like they have growth problems. Not enough planes, which affects time for both students and CFIs.

They are adding locations and students with no additional planes in site. Stealing planes from AZ for CA.

I hope this is worked out for next summer if my nephew decides to go there.

ATP May be a better option.
Small schools donít offer students financing.

Any other ideas?

CoefficientX
01-16-2019, 07:38 PM
Sorry to hijack the thread a little but I have a nephew interested in persuing aviation. He asked me about Southern Utah University. SUU is making claims about a pipeline to Skywest and some form of tuition reimbursement. Anyone have any insight or experience with this program?

Thanks

PeterE
01-17-2019, 01:37 PM
The pipeline is not needed. It's a ploy to fill the flight school with students and SkyWest with new hires that don't know any better.

I would absolutely NOT sign with any one regional (SkyWest or otherwise) years from taking a job.

The regional airlines are especially volatile and locking yourself into a stagnant mess would be crazy and potentially cost years of seniority at a major/LCC. Go learn to fly on the cheap, CFI like crazy and see what company is attractive in 2-4 years when all this is complete.



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