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Folgorato196 12-19-2018 05:59 AM

A serious flight school anywhere in USA?
 
Hello guys, Iím looking for a good and professional flying school everywhere in USA. My girlfriend lives in Michigan and obviously I would like to find a good school as close as possible to her, but I can manage to live far away during the study period (we survived when I was in Italy so we can bear some weeks away) I worked for my whole life saving money for this dream and when Iíll finish with my mission abroad Iíll be ready to start, but where?
I know that the weather are an important fact and Michigan I think it isnít the best place , I think. Iím not young and Iím scared about wasting time.
Iím losing looking through ATP Aviator College Epic flying Academy skymates etc etc
Thanks to anyone can give me some suggestions

TiredSoul 12-19-2018 07:43 AM

ATP is a bit overpriced and a sausage factory.
Depends on the location but some are better and some are worse.
Find a Part 61 school and you could have your Initial CFI at 250 hrs if you combine your Commercial and CFI training.
Find a ramp job at the same airport to minimize the financial bleed.
Buddy of mine was CFI from 8-2 and ramper from 2-10pm for years.

kingsnake2 12-19-2018 07:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Folgorato196 (Post 2727812)
Hello guys, Iím looking for a good and professional flying school everywhere in USA. My girlfriend lives in Michigan and obviously I would like to find a good school as close as possible to her, but I can manage to live far away during the study period (we survived when I was in Italy so we can bear some weeks away) I worked for my whole life saving money for this dream and when Iíll finish with my mission abroad Iíll be ready to start, but where?
I know that the weather are an important fact and Michigan I think it isnít the best place , I think. Iím not young and Iím scared about wasting time.
Iím losing looking through ATP Aviator College Epic flying Academy skymates etc etc
Thanks to anyone can give me some suggestions

US Aviation Academy just started an Accelerated Career Program in the Dallas area:

Accelerated Career Program | US Aviation Academy

chronomaster31 12-19-2018 10:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Folgorato196 (Post 2727812)
Hello guys, Iím looking for a good and professional flying school everywhere in USA. My girlfriend lives in Michigan and obviously I would like to find a good school as close as possible to her, but I can manage to live far away during the study period (we survived when I was in Italy so we can bear some weeks away) I worked for my whole life saving money for this dream and when Iíll finish with my mission abroad Iíll be ready to start, but where?

I know that the weather are an important fact and Michigan I think it isnít the best place , I think. Iím not young and Iím scared about wasting time.

Iím losing looking through ATP Aviator College Epic flying Academy skymates etc etc

Thanks to anyone can give me some suggestions

I agree with tired soul. Going through a mom and pop part 61 is almost always cheaper, and offers you flexibility. Best part is, if you're motivated, you can get everything done as quickly as your wallet can expel money

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Folgorato196 12-19-2018 09:42 PM

Thank you guys, Iím more worried about having a professional school than how much cost it. It means that I consider it as an investment in my future. I know that ATP , like others , are very expensive but I read positive reviews (and negatives of course because it depends by where) about how fast and still professional their path is and they are connected with a bunch of regionals.
And I want to be honest with you, this interest me a lot because having the possibility for an interview after the ppl could be very exciting and push me in the best way for excel in the study and spending my money [emoji12]


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Folgorato196 12-21-2018 06:11 AM

Thank you guys for your time and for your help. I wrote via Tapatalk but maybe I did something wrong. I keep working on searching the best flight school.
I read the ATPís page and its forum. I know the price but I also know that they have a lot of connections than can help you to archive the first Ēpromise for a jobĒjust after PPL, that its great


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flensr 12-21-2018 09:05 PM

Cobra Kai flight academy in Texas is as serious as you want or need it to be. They're a smallish outfit mostly staffed by ex-military instructors. They have a dozen or so planes and can get you from zero hours to your ATP, at whatever pace you want.

JamesNoBrakes 12-21-2018 09:21 PM

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Originally Posted by flensr (Post 2729441)
Cobra Kai flight academy in Texas is as serious as you want or need it to be. They're a smallish outfit mostly staffed by ex-military instructors. They have a dozen or so planes and can get you from zero hours to your ATP, at whatever pace you want.

Sweep the leg.

Hacker15e 12-22-2018 05:16 AM

Your Uncle Sam runs a couple of flight schools across the country if you want *really* serious training.

collegedropout9 12-22-2018 05:43 AM

Folgorato196,

Iíve been very fortunate to train quite a few applicants (successfully) from zero to the regionals and 135 operators. The best thing you can do to help yourself get through the training pipeline the quickest and cheapest in no particular order: Pass all of your writtens using ShepperdAir, get your financing lined up, find a school with a DPE on staff or very close by, use a school (141 or 61) that has good weather or hangars their fleet, CFIís that want to work and fly and that they probably will be there throughout your training cycles. I know that sounds stupid, however, I know several CFIís that really donít want to work that hard and donít enjoy their work, and lastly devote every waking hour to immerse yourself in this endeavor. Basically, learn to live at the airport. GoodLuck
CD9


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