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Old 06-26-2022, 06:05 PM
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And the OP was asking about practical exams, Sheppard prepares you for the knowledge test.
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Old 12-20-2022, 02:33 PM
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Just wanted to contribute since I read the forums often and it has given me some insight of what to expect as I make the jump from the military. I recently completed my ATP Practical training and Checkride at VSL (https://vsl.aero) in Russellville, AR. Training was very straight forward and their website provides all the study info youíll need to be successful (one of the more detailed websites pertaining to ATP Practical and Multi engine transition training). Ground training in the morning then flights right after. Flights were in their Travel Air with G5/Garmin 530 avionics. I was paired up with another Military ATP pilot and we took turns flying with the instructor. After each flight we would switch to the back seat which reinforced what we just learned. Lunch is provided daily from different local restaurants. Good instruction and excellent experience overall.
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Old 01-31-2023, 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by intrim
Just wanted to contribute since I read the forums often and it has given me some insight of what to expect as I make the jump from the military. I recently completed my ATP Practical training and Checkride at VSL (https://vsl.aero) in Russellville, AR. Training was very straight forward and their website provides all the study info youíll need to be successful (one of the more detailed websites pertaining to ATP Practical and Multi engine transition training). Ground training in the morning then flights right after. Flights were in their Travel Air with G5/Garmin 530 avionics. I was paired up with another Military ATP pilot and we took turns flying with the instructor. After each flight we would switch to the back seat which reinforced what we just learned. Lunch is provided daily from different local restaurants. Good instruction and excellent experience overall.
What was the duration of the training? Number of flights? tia
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Originally Posted by vrtule12
What was the duration of the training? Number of flights? tia
forgtot to ask about the cost as well.
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Old 02-01-2023, 11:02 AM
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forgtot to ask about the cost as well.
Itís a 5 day course but maybe shorter based on your flight proficiency and ATP studies (ACS knowledge, BE95 limitations and systems). Took me 4 flights in 3 days to include the practical. It was just under $4,300 including the DPE.
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Originally Posted by intrim
Itís a 5 day course but maybe shorter based on your flight proficiency and ATP studies (ACS knowledge, BE95 limitations and systems). Took me 4 flights in 3 days to include the practical. It was just under $4,300 including the DPE.
That's a really good deal. Did they have bunks or did you need a local hotel?
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Originally Posted by intrim
Just wanted to contribute since I read the forums often and it has given me some insight of what to expect as I make the jump from the military. I recently completed my ATP Practical training and Checkride at VSL (https://vsl.aero) in Russellville, AR. Training was very straight forward and their website provides all the study info youíll need to be successful (one of the more detailed websites pertaining to ATP Practical and Multi engine transition training). Ground training in the morning then flights right after. Flights were in their Travel Air with G5/Garmin 530 avionics. I was paired up with another Military ATP pilot and we took turns flying with the instructor. After each flight we would switch to the back seat which reinforced what we just learned. Lunch is provided daily from different local restaurants. Good instruction and excellent experience overall.
VSL aero moved their training program to "In the Pattern" at the Denton TX airport. They use the same DPEs from VSL aero.
I just finished the program. It took 4 days, i had three prep flights in a Piper Aztec and then the checkride. Instructors were top notch. DPE was from an Air Force background. Recommend the program, especially if you are from a Mil background.
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Old 12-14-2023, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by ReserveGig
VSL aero moved their training program to "In the Pattern" at the Denton TX airport. They use the same DPEs from VSL aero.
I just finished the program. It took 4 days, i had three prep flights in a Piper Aztec and then the checkride. Instructors were top notch. DPE was from an Air Force background. Recommend the program, especially if you are from a Mil background.
Awesome gouge, thanks dude. I'm in the DFW area and don't want to travel to Sanders if there's another good option closer.
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Aztec is a great platform for MEL ATP.
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Old 03-13-2024, 12:34 PM
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FTI offers just the practical course in Miami and Denver (in addition to the 2-week zero-to-hero CTP+written+practical). I had a great experience in Miami, 5-day course for ~$7500, both instructor and DPE were ex-AF.

Itís definitely pricey compared to other options, but I didnít have to worry about weather or airplanes breaking down (both factors I saw affect other people).

It was a little intimidating learning the A320 just for the checkride but the depth of knowledge is not to a type-rating level (think Boldfaces/big systems overview vs complex EPs/which hydro controls a specific spoiler).

They pair you with a training partner and you take the checkride as a crew. The left seater is evaluated but can be assisted by the right seater, then you switch seats.
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