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Javichu
12-26-2015, 04:31 PM
Does anyone know if Transpac would rent their airplanes out of the Part 141/61 operation?

I need some 50h to prepare my checkrides (315h TT as of today), and thinking about becoming a CFI, wich is the reason why I'm interested in Transpac.

Is Westwind comparable to Transpac in terms of quality? :confused:

Thanks


yeahbutstill
12-26-2015, 05:57 PM
Transpac will not rent any planes unless youre in one of their programs.. Westwind will check you out with a CFI before letting you use their planes.

They're about the same.

flynhighaf23
12-26-2015, 06:13 PM
From what I understand they only rent the arrow to instructors... $85/hr wet


Javichu
12-26-2015, 06:36 PM
So Westwind would work in my situation?. I need airplane and CFI of course, but not one of their programs, just some customized training.

Their CFI program though......4 months and almost $11,000 good lord ^_^ even in Transpac the initial is aroung 6k, and for less you get CFI/CFII/MEI in US Aviation Academy

yeahbutstill
12-26-2015, 07:38 PM
So you already figured out US Aviation has the best deal, why bother asking about the other two

Javichu
12-26-2015, 07:49 PM
Because I live in Vegas, and Arizona is closer. But if it's worth it, I'd move anywhere.
Only problem I see with USAA is their C152. No problem instructing in C172, but there's no way I'd fit with a student in a C152. I'm 6'1''/250 pounds haha.

flynhighaf23
12-26-2015, 07:52 PM
50 hours for check rides is pretty extreme... I'd say maybe 10-20 hours of check ride prep max. You'd probably be better going to a smaller operation. From the sound of it Westwind and Tpac aren't the type of operations you're looking for in terms of getting your CFI ratings.

Javichu
12-26-2015, 08:03 PM
I have 315h but 310h flown in 2007. I've been working in construction for years, so I must be pretty rusty.

10/20h would be awesome for my pocket, but I'm afraid IR will take me some extra training, because it's been a long LONG time without intercepting a radial. PPL/CPL is ok, should be ok!.

I was thinking in big schools in order to stay as CFI, but maybe I need to go somewhere else yeah. Any suggestion? I can move anywhere (single, no kids, no mortgage)

flynhighaf23
12-26-2015, 08:27 PM
Lots of opportunities in Phoenix for CFI jobs. I understand the rusty pilot thing. I had a good 2 years off from flying myself, but it comes back quickly. I'd start by getting back into the books/regs first because as a CFI you've gotta be fresh on pretty much everything. Students ask all those questions you don't have an immediate answer to at the most inconvenient times. In the mean time I'd say look into all options in terms of schools to include ATP and the others mentioned above. If you want to contact Transpac and find out about the CFI program you can contact Kim Gale and he'll help you out

JamesNoBrakes
12-26-2015, 10:02 PM
I've flown Westwind's airplanes. It was years back, but good maintenance and seemed sound, operation seemed pretty legitimate and quality all around. I know Transpac and who they were before. Can't think of anything good to say about them.

Panzon
12-27-2015, 11:08 AM
I have 315h but 310h flown in 2007. I've been working in construction for years, so I must be pretty rusty.

10/20h would be awesome for my pocket, but I'm afraid IR will take me some extra training, because it's been a long LONG time without intercepting a radial. PPL/CPL is ok, should be ok!.

I was thinking in big schools in order to stay as CFI, but maybe I need to go somewhere else yeah. Any suggestion? I can move anywhere (single, no kids, no mortgage)
Call Wes Kautzmann at Michianna Aviation in South Bend, IN. He's a good instructor, would get you up to speed quickly, and you will have good access to his planes (you won't have to queu behind a swarm of students) and there won't be long waits to taxi and takeoff. You'll spend more time actually flying as opposed to waiting for other planes to take off or land. I know he's negotiated block time rates in the past, so if you're going to get 50 hours he might make you a good deal. Here's his number: (five 74) 276-2527.

There are five colleges and universities in South Bend, so if you come after mid-May you should be able to find a student apartment to sublet cheaply.

Javichu
12-27-2015, 11:23 AM
Whatever school I choose, I must do it in the next week. And I should be employable by May hopefully haha.

I see they only have two Cessna 172R in Michianna, and I need a complex too, plus multi

flynhighaf23
12-27-2015, 04:00 PM
I've flown Westwind's airplanes. It was years back, but good maintenance and seemed sound, operation seemed pretty legitimate and quality all around. I know Transpac and who they were before. Can't think of anything good to say about them.

Current CFI there now. MX on the planes is great, they're a little worn on the interior, but fly great. Students are pretty smart, mostly motivated, and can be decent pilots at times. Pay is slightly above average for a flight school and there's lots of flight hours available. I'm personally leaving within a month to go instruct elsewhere in the valley for a much larger salary, but at a cost where I'll be getting fewer hours each month. From my experience in dealing with Westwind instructors and students in the practice areas and especially in the pattern they suck, but that's just me dealing with people who can't fly a ground track to save their life in the pattern... Oh and having a-holes cut you off in the pattern because they don't know how to scan for traffic

Javichu
12-27-2015, 04:45 PM
funny! we have one person of each school, thinking pretty much the same of the rival :)

yimke
12-29-2015, 03:50 AM
funny! we have one person of each school, thinking pretty much the same of the rival :)

I used to work for one and have good things to say about both. Westwind will likely cost you less overall, with less restrictions for checkout. Transpac has standardization before you are allowed to fly the aircraft you are checking out. In my opinion, you generally are going to get a more experienced instructor at TransPac because they put their veteran flight instructors in the FAA program. However, there are a couple great instructors at Westwind, as well. This was years ago, and I understand there has been changes at both places. I'm not sure who is really left at each location; make some calls and ask.

flynhighaf23
12-29-2015, 10:06 AM
I used to work for one and have good things to say about both. Westwind will likely cost you less overall, with less restrictions for checkout. Transpac has standardization before you are allowed to fly the aircraft you are checking out. In my opinion, you generally are going to get a more experienced instructor at TransPac because they put their veteran flight instructors in the FAA program. However, there are a couple great instructors at Westwind, as well. This was years ago, and I understand there has been changes at both places. I'm not sure who is really left at each location; make some calls and ask.

I might know a guy on the FAA side who's a good instructor ;)



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