Happy-flier From Canada, joined Dec 1999, 299 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3026 times:
I'd like to get some feedback from those who have gone through flight training for the PPL on what your experiences were like in "shopping around" for a flight training centre at which to learn.
In the grand scheme of things I think that one's own motivation must be the driving force, but professionalism and quality instructors are obviously important as they colour the entire experience. As such, there's another "human" factor that is actually quite important for me: The general atmosphere of the place and the friendliness of the staff. I have to be honest and say that when I walk into a flying club with the thought of spending thousands of dollars on training and find the people to have a somewhat cold and snooty attitude, it makes me want to take my business elsewhere - and fast. I prefer working with people who love to fly and who can communicate that love of flight. I'm not interested in the elite social club atmosphere that seems to permeate some places.
To sum up: Did the friendliness of the staff have any impact on your final decision of where to learn to fly?
May the wind be always at your back . . . except during takeoff & landing.
DCrawley From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 371 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2981 times:
Quoting Happy-flier (Thread starter): In the grand scheme of things I think that one's own motivation must be the driving force
Well said. With flying, if you don't have the personal motivation or drive, it becomes extremely expensive..
Quoting Happy-flier (Thread starter): professionalism and quality instructors are obviously important as they colour the entire experience.
I agree. Now, a flight instructor can very well be professional but he/she might not be very quality. With flight instructors, if you find one that relays the information to you in a way that you can understand it and put it to use, snag 'em up! I had some instructors that just didn't work for me, but others who were clear as water.
Quoting Happy-flier (Thread starter): I prefer working with people who love to fly and who can communicate that love of flight.
Then make sure that's what you get. It's your money, so get what you want and don't be afraid to speak up, switch instructors, or find somewhere else you think you'd fit better.
Quoting Happy-flier (Thread starter): Did the friendliness of the staff have any impact on your final decision of where to learn to fly?
I think it was more of a job-oriented approach for myself, but found that a good environment was something I was looking for in the end. One thing I suggest looking at is their maintenance program and talking to other people who have gone through their school. Don't take what they tell you to face value, after all, they are just salesman in the end..
Best of luck in your journey to the sky my friend!
"Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but they'll try to have them fixed before we arrive."