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View Full Version : National Pilot Academy...anyone?


wannabePIC
01-11-2007, 02:51 PM
Anyone have experience with this institution?


Slice
01-11-2007, 06:35 PM
I've said it once and will say is again...the only academies one should ever consider attending in pursuit of flying begin with the words "United States".

USMA
USNA
USAFA
USCGA
USMMA

I think that about covers it...or just go Part 61 at a good FBO or www.prairieairservice.com

TankerBob
01-11-2007, 06:59 PM
you forgot Academy of Military Science... hahahahah


Slice
01-11-2007, 07:25 PM
you forgot Academy of Military Science... hahahahah

OOPS...I'm a grad too, I should know better! :rolleyes:

samc
01-11-2007, 08:03 PM
emphasis on USAFA. FORMS O-96 operations are a direct shoe-in for later aviation life...

wannabePIC
01-12-2007, 02:51 AM
Sorry for the ignorance, but could you help me out with the acronyms?
By my username and number of posts, you probably see that I'm pretty new to this game.

Thanks.

---Nevermind, looked them up myself. Actually, it's good advice. However, the military isn't an option for me. Besides, I did my time and I'm not interested in doing more. That is why I'm researching the civilian route.
And certainly no disrespect intended, but I'm looking for opinions of people who have experience with NPA.

Slice
01-12-2007, 09:06 AM
Sorry for the ignorance, but could you help me out with the acronyms?
By my username and number of posts, you probably see that I'm pretty new to this game.

Thanks.

---Nevermind, looked them up myself. Actually, it's good advice. However, the military isn't an option for me. Besides, I did my time and I'm not interested in doing more. That is why I'm researching the civilian route.
And certainly no disrespect intended, but I'm looking for opinions of people who have experience with NPA.

My point wasn't to go to a service academy. It is that almost every flight school that calls itself XYZ "Academy" is overpriced and the training is no better, if not worse, than you'd get at a mom and pop school. Check out www.prairieairservice.com. Great training and prices. I have no affiliation other than being a former student some years ago now.

wannabePIC
01-12-2007, 10:05 AM
Sorry, I misunderstood.

I don't doubt what you're saying at all. The thing that attracted me to NPA was the promise of 1100 hrs and CFII and ME certs in 14-16 months. Obviously, the part that repelled me was the $57k price tag.
Of course that is expensive, but if I can get into a regional in less than two years (starting from zero), I have to consider it

wannabePIC
01-12-2007, 10:52 AM
BTW, Prairie Air Service looks like an awesome place to train.

Slice
01-12-2007, 11:21 AM
IMHO, don't be in such a hurry to get to the regionals. You can still be there within 2 years going the traditional CFI route or even another way. Flying for the airlines, while better than any non-flying job I ever had, is not that exciting after you've done it for a while. Going to the same airports over and over again...The most fun I've had in my flying career aside from the military(which is a lot of work too) was flying GA while building time. I've met numerous people and made lifelong friends with folks I never would have known. Flown all over the States to grass strips, gravel, dirt, landed at Catalina Island, etc. ALL BEFORE I MADE IT TO THE REGIONALS! Since then, I've been a bus driver and a guard guy. Not a bad life but much different than before. The point is, if you do a zero to hero program, you may get there faster(or not) but you're missing out on a big part of the journey...parts that you will not have the time or money(for many, many, many years) to experience and enjoy. Just my $.02

KZ1000Shaft
01-12-2007, 02:03 PM
IMHO, don't be in such a hurry to get to the regionals. You can still be there within 2 years going the traditional CFI route or even another way. Flying for the airlines, while better than any non-flying job I ever had, is not that exciting after you've done it for a while. Going to the same airports over and over again...The most fun I've had in my flying career aside from the military(which is a lot of work too) was flying GA while building time. I've met numerous people and made lifelong friends with folks I never would have known. Flown all over the States to grass strips, gravel, dirt, landed at Catalina Island, etc. ALL BEFORE I MADE IT TO THE REGIONALS! Since then, I've been a bus driver and a guard guy. Not a bad life but much different than before. The point is, if you do a zero to hero program, you may get there faster(or not) but you're missing out on a big part of the journey...parts that you will not have the time or money(for many, many, many years) to experience and enjoy. Just my $.02

Very well said. You should raise your $.02 because you gave $2 worth right there.

N6724G
01-12-2007, 05:33 PM
I've said it once and will say is again...the only academies one should ever consider attending in pursuit of flying begin with the words "United States".

USMA
USNA
USAFA
USCGA
USMMA

I think that about covers it...or just go Part 61 at a good FBO or www.prairieairservice.com

Those would be great if one was young enough to attend them.But some of us are in our 30's and cant et into them as much as we want to.

Slice
01-12-2007, 09:46 PM
Those would be great if one was young enough to attend them.But some of us are in our 30's and cant et into them as much as we want to.

Thought about a sevice academy back in the day, didnt have the grades...looking back, no regrets and no desire to attend one today. If I could do it over FSU or ASU all the way baby! Party and get an easy 3.0...my other post was somewhat sarcasm/matter of fact.

wannabePIC
01-13-2007, 04:01 AM
Slice, thanks for your comments. I am considering quitting my successful career (I am very bored) and becoming an airline pilot. Besides getting over a couple obstacles I have in getting to flight school, I want to get as much insight as possible. I joined this forum to attempt to get a picture of how the industry really is. From my side of the fence (not a pilot), it's very exciting. Of course the reps from the schools will have you believe it's all golden. But I'm not so naive as to think every aspect is perfect. If I make the leap, I want to have an understanding of what I'm getting into.
Some people say "Don't fly for the money, fly for the love of flying". Well, that's not bad advice. Reality check is that I don't want to be broke either. I make a good living, and I'm willing to walk away to try something new, but I still want to retire.
You know, you mentioned flying not being too exciting after awhile. That's pretty much what I'm facing in my industry, and I've only been at it for 12 years. I have a lot of working years left.