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Old 02-17-2009, 10:40 PM
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Hey guys im new to this forum and i was wondering if anyone had any info on Spartan College in Oklahoma. Im 23 and have no degree only some community college. I want to become a professional pilot but i dont know wats the best way to go about doing that. Spartan offers the professional pilot program and the option to get a bachelores in science/aviation technology management. If anyone can give me some guidance i would seriously appreciate it!!
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:44 AM
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I went to Spartan a while back, 1998 out of high school. It was very expensive back then, so not sure about now. However, I left after about a month there. If you want to be a pro pilot, go for it and do not let people discourage you on it, but you do need to know right now is a horrible time to try to get a flying job (one that pays more than McDonalds). However, when you are ready to compete for a higher end flying job in a few years, hopefully things will have worked out by then and job opportunities available. Get your degree no matter what to have something to fall back on. Do not get an aviation degree! Get something else that you can use in case flying does not work out. I got my bachelor's in aviation from Oklahoma State, but I was smart enough to get a master's degree in finance as well. If you really want the aviation degree, go to a school like Oklahoma State or another well recognized college. Have you considered getting your degree and flying in the military? Whether it being active duty or part time, both are very good ways to get into flying, get your training for free, and make pretty good money while you are doing it. Lots of options out there, and sure you will get a lot of opinions, but like I said above, 100% get your degree. Good luck!
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Thanks for your advice! Yea I was looking at the Air National Guard also. I guess they give u 15k to sign up and 20k if im not mistaken to go to school. I wonder if thats all they offer which it actually pretty good but I'm gonna talk to a recruiter to see exactly how it works. I'm trying to get as least in debt as possible so I'm looking at as many options as possible. But man about Spartan College, it kind of bugs me that not many people have replied giving me the feeling that this college isn't to popular or recognized. Does it matter to the airlines where you got ur education at or is that over rated?
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I went to Spartan. It was a huge mistake that I am still paying for every month. You are much better off going to a state university and majoring in something non aviation. While you are doing that get your pilot certificates/ratings at an FBO. Spartan is over priced and their facilities suck. PM me if you have any specific questions... BTW, airlines could care less where you went to flight school.
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I also went to Spartan back in 1996 out of high school. What a joke that place was. Maybe it has changed but do not go there without seeing the facilities (Mobile home trailers). I echo the comment to check the state schools....at least there is a better male/female ratio
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suppakuppa -

As someone said in another thread once - unless the school you got your ratings from is run by the gov't (read that as military) - no one cares where you got your ratings. I'm a Oklahoma State graduate myself and got my aviation degree from there and my ratings from the local FBO. Spartan was a maintenance school back then so I can't give you any insight to the pilot training programs.

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Originally Posted by Bwatz View Post
I went to Spartan. It was a huge mistake that I am still paying for every month. You are much better off going to a state university and majoring in something non aviation. While you are doing that get your pilot certificates/ratings at an FBO. Spartan is over priced and their facilities suck. PM me if you have any specific questions... BTW, airlines could care less where you went to flight school.

How long ago was it that you attended? Because I heard that it used to suck but that its a pretty good school now and that they dont have that "trailer park" anymore. Yea i keep hearing about getting a degree in something else other than aviation but i dont really like anything else. I have a friend who does sign language and says he doesnt make a fortune but it pays ok. Its only a 2 year thing if i want to do that and its fairly easy to get a job interpreting. The only thing is that i dont think that would help me as far as having a degree when i apply for airlines. I can only get an associates if i decide to do that. And around how much does it cost to get your certificates at an FBO. And if i do it like that i would have to borrow the money and its around 50k isnt it? how do i PM you? I think i read that i had to have been a member of this forum for a while to do that. Is that true? I really appreciate your help man thanks!!
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I attended back in 98 thru 2000.. Spartan is a cash cow.. Plain and simple. There are much cheaper options out there than Spartan. If you really want to major in aviation then I am sure some school in your state has an aviation program. I can't find to many guys that say that Spartan was a good investment.. Most all say the same.. Its overpriced.. I actually heard it got worse as the years went by.. That whole Air China debacle.. Good luck on your decision, but make sure you travel down to Tulsa and take a look at the campus before you commit to spending a ridiculous amount of money.
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suppakuppa -

As someone said in another thread once - unless the school you got your ratings from is run by the gov't (read that as military) - no one cares where you got your ratings. I'm a Oklahoma State graduate myself and got my aviation degree from there and my ratings from the local FBO. Spartan was a maintenance school back then so I can't give you any insight to the pilot training programs.

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hey man how did you pay for your certificates at the FBO? Is there some kind of financial aid for that or grants or something? Im thinking the answer is no. did you just burrow the money or are you just loaded?? and if you are how would someone like me that doesnt have much money pay for that? I was actually thinking and wanting to join the military to fly but 1 i dont have a degree and 2 I had lasik eye surgery done and they said i was ineligible to fly with them.
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hey man how did you pay for your certificates at the FBO? Is there some kind of financial aid for that or grants or something? Im thinking the answer is no. did you just burrow the money or are you just loaded?? and if you are how would someone like me that doesnt have much money pay for that? I was actually thinking and wanting to join the military to fly but 1 i dont have a degree and 2 I had lasik eye surgery done and they said i was ineligible to fly with them.
Worked many jobs while going to college and even bartered during my PPL. I got them over time - not all at once like the pilots mills. Yes - in most instances you would need a degree to fly in the military but the Army has the WO program. There are some on here that know quite a bit about it - you can also do a search and learn more. They never called me back so I didn't get much info about it. about the eye surgery - I don't know the current rules and regs but they are easy to figure out on-line or through an officer recruiter.

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