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User currently offlineVimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1524 posts, RR: 14
Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 67356 times:

Like there are ratings for top business schools etc. is there a site which ranks the best flight schools globally? If yes please advise. If not, would appreciate your comments on which ones are considered the top ten for commercial pilot training.

Thanks for your feedback.

Vimanav


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User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9210 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 67318 times:

Haven't heard of such ranking for flying schools before. And I don't think there is any. It's hard to define which flying school is better.

I know two fine flying schools that offer flying degree/courses. They are:

1) School of Aviation, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Go to:< http://www.aviation.unsw.edu.au/>

2) Aerospace Aviation, Bankstown Airport, Sydney, Australia. Go to: http://www.aerospaceaviation.com/index.php

Hope this helps. Regards


User currently offlineDirkou From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 571 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 67267 times:

For Commercial Pilots Flight Safety Academy in Vero Beach, FL is one of the best.

User currently offlineN323ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 67261 times:

Embry Riddle Aeronautial Univ in both Daytona Beach FL and Presscot AZ is in the top three....Not that my user name gives anything any  Smile

I went to the FL campus it was great

RYAN

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User currently offlineAman777 From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 67148 times:

I have also never come across such a ranking.
I am from Canada and the best flight school for commercial pilot training school in Canada in the eyes of many is Coastal Pacific Aviation. I attended four years of school there and I would recommend it to any person who is looking to peruse a career as a professional pilot.


User currently offlineLastordu From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 367 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 67134 times:

Quoting N323ER (Reply 3):
I went to the FL campus it was great

I'm hopping to go. What are the class sizes like. I'm glade to hear that you liked it. It is always good to hear that the school that you are going to attend is a good school.

Quoting N323ER (Reply 3):
Embry Riddle Aeronautial Univ in both Daytona Beach FL and Presscot AZ is in the top three....Not that my user name gives anything any

I have talked to people that aren't into aviation and they have hard that it is the Harvard of flying schools.

LAStoRDU



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User currently offlineBritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 67120 times:

Western Michigan has a really awesome aviation department I went to an open day there last year and was really impressed!

http://www.wmich.edu/



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User currently offlineBo__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 67090 times:

I am curious as to how Canadian schools work out for aviation.
There are a couple that offer commercial pilot aviation program with a diploma.
Someday I want to enroll at a good school and do my flight training as well as to get a good education and be rewarded with a degree.

Anybody whos enrolled in Canadian schools: How do you cope with financial costs, and how is the education itself like what things do you learn? Math?

In the U.S. many are in my head .. ERAU is one but they are too expensive.
Jacksonville and Ohio State University I heard have good programs,
UNorth Dakota is also very good. But how are the smaller schools?
I think that would be a good option as it would save thousands.



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User currently offlinePremobrimo From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 428 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 67059 times:

University of North Dakota Aviation is tops!

http://www.aero.und.edu



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User currently offlineBA767s From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 67039 times:

Hey Guys,

Oxford Aviation Training probably tops the European market. Heres the link:

www.oxfordaviation.net

Well known throughout Europe and America, produces top quality pilots too! I want to/will (dont want to jinx myself) go to OAT.

John  Smile


User currently offlineWiggidy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 113 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 67024 times:

UND is by far the best in this country. Best and most diverse fleet from helicopters to jet aircraft and a respected 4 year degree (which is required for many airlines in the world.) I did three years of research and applied to Purdue, both ERAU campuses, Western Mich, UND, and got accepted to all of them. I made my decision after visiting every campus but W Mich and getting many outsider opinions. My advice is to do the same that I did and dont slack on research to choose the school thats right for you. Ultimately for me however the choice was based on the helicopter program not offered at any other school in the US, but as far as commercial aviation is concerned UND is number 1. Feel free to ask me for any further details on fleet or degree programs
-Wes


User currently offlinePHXinterrupted From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 474 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 66999 times:

Quoting Lastordu (Reply 5):
Quoting N323ER (Reply 3):
Embry Riddle Aeronautial Univ in both Daytona Beach FL and Presscot AZ is in the top three....Not that my user name gives anything any

I have talked to people that aren't into aviation and they have hard that it is the Harvard of flying schools.

LAStoRDU

Embry Riddle is expensive, which hardly makes it the best.

I would look at Western Michigan University.



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User currently offlineBo__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 66898 times:

Wiggidy,

What Aviation/Pilot related programs are there at UND?
I want to study Aeronautical Engineering and do Commercial pilots training altogether with a degree at the end. I don't know if something like that is possible albeit very expensive.
I live in Canada and there is a college in my city that has a "professional pilot" program which offers a diploma after two years. I need a degree as a diploma won't cut it.
Are you still enrolled in UND or graduated?



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User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4577 posts, RR: 40
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 66877 times:

Its not an ab-initio school or one that trains people to be commercial pilots, but you know you're top stuff if you make it here:

http://www.qinetiq.com/home_etps.html

V/F



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User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3541 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 66841 times:

my alma mater! UD!

www.dbq.edu



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User currently offlineFlybyguy From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1801 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 66772 times:

Whatever flightschool you are interested in, I suggest you stay away from the Florida ones and look toward Arizona. Over there there's good year round flying with very favorable weather (don't have to worry about a string of hurricanes interrupting your flight training).

Be prepared to spend at least $60,000 if you want to go from no experience to being a shoe-in for the commuter airlines. 5 years of below poverty income for flight hours is also no picnic either. But the good news is that the airline industry on the Low-fare side is booming and airlines like jetBlue, Southwest, AirTran and the like need pilots. The legacies on the other hand couldn't lay pilots off faster or cut their benefits with any less mercy.



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User currently offlineFlanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1661 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 66742 times:

the Illinois Aviatoin Academy! best group of people in the world!


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User currently offlineVimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1524 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 66703 times:

Thank you all for your very informative replies.

rgds//Vimanav



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User currently offlinePaul From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 374 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 66620 times:

I second that Oxford Aviation is the best in Europe. My brother is studying there and his class has the highest marks in the history of the school. Pretty awesome. He should not have much trouble finding a job after he graduates.

lol  scratchchin 

Paul



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User currently offlineDirkou From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 571 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 66604 times:

Oxford Aviation has too much theory and is too expensive. ERAU main activity is not to graduate pilots but aviation professionals also, Engineers, etc.

As I said before Flight Safety Academy is considered the best flying school for years in the US and in the World. Their webpage is at:

http://www.flightsafetyacademy.com


User currently offlineCOEWR From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 273 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 66521 times:

If anyone has any questions about ERAU feel free to email me as I just graduated from there in December.

-C


User currently offlineMainliner From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 422 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 66486 times:

I'm in my junior year at Purdue. I came in with no flight experience and now have my commercial license with instrument rating, and am now working on my multi-engine rating. The training is superb...what other school has you flying 727-100 and -200 simulators, as well as first officer on a KingAir 200? I'll admit that it is expensive, especially if you're out of state. But my parents advised me to do what I've always dreamed of and not let the cost of my education be a deterrant.


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User currently offlineLuisca From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 66452 times:

Quoting Lastordu (Reply 5):
I have talked to people that aren't into aviation and they have hard that it is the Harvard of flying schools.

FIT Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne is a Top school. It has a huge fleet of new Piper aircraft and a great 4 year degree program.

ERAU is probably the Julliard of Flight Schools ERAU boast that they have excellent weather and they are very prestigious, the truth is that you wont get your hands on a plane in your first year. If you are lucky maybe on your second. There are just too many people wanting to fly and not enough planes, besides you don't get to know people and things outside of the aviation environment and with 80% of the population male, your dating prospects are well... grim, for some people at least, others find a lot of options if you know what I mean  

FIT is a very prestigious University, with the same weather advantage that ERAU has, plus you get academic education in areas outside aviation which is a huge plus. Also you are guaranteed that during your entire flight training you will have 3 slots a week, always. Simulator time is included, including a B1900 simulator. In ERAU you have to pay for the 757 sim and you can only use it like at 12-2AM because it is always booked and it will cost you about 400-500 per hour. ERAU was very appealing to me at first, but when I heard these comments from former students who transferd to FIT, I made my choice, FIT is the way to go If you want a great aviation university. Class sizes are a huge problem at ERAU, in FIT you never see more than 30 students in a class. And professors know you and help you out. Most professors talk to you on first name basis and know you when you cross them on campus. And they can even get you internship programs in airlines.
Also, all FIT grads are guaranteed an interview with COexpress and AAeagle when they have 500 hours. And most top students get jobs as instructors in their junior year.

For more info on this GREAT university go to http://www.fit.edu

[Edited 2005-09-06 18:07:22]

User currently offlineWiggidy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 113 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 66375 times:

Bo_einG,
I am currently a senior at UND majoring in comm av-helicopter. There are many majors to choose from here, Ill list a few:
BS in commercial avition (fixed wing and helicopter)
BS in aviation management
BS in aviation education
BS in air traffic control (top school in the country so ATC majors tell me)
Id say these are the top majors in no particular order. As far as engineering is concerned, I have no idea. We have quite a large engineering school, but its not associated with the aviation side. We also have great atmospheric science, computer science, and space studies programs. Its a great school that can offer a whole lot more than places like flight safety or airline academies. Let me know if you want any more info
-Wes


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