Miller22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 707 posts, RR: 4 Reply 7, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2049 times:
The three best schools in the country are Purdue, UND, and Riddle. Purdue and UND are a notch above Riddle, in most opinions, and it works well to your advantage that Chicago is a 2 hour drive from Purdue...or a half an hour king-air flight
Ampropilot2b From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 138 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2033 times:
Yeah. try to get better than a 2.5 to get in. They will let you fly earlier if you have better grades though. I wonder if all those people above who say how bad ERAU is actually go here? I have done great here. Yes, it is expensive....but it is a private school...yes, the flight training is expensive, but I think it is worth every penny (it is very stanardized and professional just like the airlines). I am now a senior headed for an internship at United and a job at Atlantic Coast. I am flying the B1900 now, and will be in the 737 in two months. Anybody with the right attitude can succeed anywhere. Also, if you want to go to ERAU...don't worry about the price. I am the son of a single mother who happens to be a teacher. I haven't had a problem getting financial aid or scholarships.
I love ERAU, but check out UND, Purdue, and the Prescott campus.
Skyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1065 posts, RR: 4 Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1997 times:
What ever you do STAY AWAY FROM RIDDLE. This place EMBRY RIDICULOUS. The flight line is a joke and the whole school is full of kids with no life that know everything about every other plane in the world except for the ones the fly. The school says they put out some of the best pilots in the country. If that is true then God have mercy on us all. The planes will be falling out of the skies without the help of the Y2K bug. Most all of the pilots that I know that fly around DAB suck and about 1 in 5 acutally speaks english. The whole system they have set up at Riddle is stupid. The instructors are idiots and the flight department is a JOKE.
The best thing for anyone to do is to go to a small comunity college get a joke degree there get all your ratings, then come down to DAB to instruct build up time and then get the hell out. If for whatever reason you feel the need to go there do it after you have every thing completed and go for the last year just so that you get the name on the diploma thats all the airlines want anyway. The dont care what diploma you have just as long as you have one. Its just that one from Riddle "LOOKS" better. If I could go back 3 years and talk to myself I would not have gone down there. I would have stayed at home, gone to a small school, got all my ratings, and saved a WHOLE lot of money. If you go to Riddle now you MUST fly onj their campus and go by their rules. You will pay almost $100,000 before you are done and thats if your lucky.
So to recap JUST SAY NO TO RIDDLE. Save yourself for the love of God take my edvice and dont even take another look at Riddle you wil that me later.
Miller22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 707 posts, RR: 4 Reply 14, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1983 times:
As inhibitive as Skyhawk's post may seem, I agree with him. Embry Riddle will give you one thing when you graduate...their name. All the airline's are looking for is hours. Hours, hours, hours. Some schools have an agreement with regionals which allows early hiring, but UND and Purdue are the only ones I can thing of off hand that allow that. Mesaba is close with UND and Chautaqua and Comair are close with Purdue. From what I've heard, Embry Riddle is looked down upon because the pilots that school produces are too cocky and are hard to teach after they've graduated. But thats just what I've heard...chief pilots may be wrong.
TurbineBeaver From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1199 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1957 times:
Its ashame what Skyhawk posted. Something interesting to note is that he is talking about how he transferred there three years ago, yet on his profile it says he is 46-55 and a retired F/A....hmmmm, that draws from his credibility. If you want honest, firsthand info on Riddle, I do go here, and can tell you, though the place isn't perfect, it isn't crap like Skyhawk makes it out to be.
Flaps From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1138 posts, RR: 4 Reply 16, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1947 times:
A lot of people wash out there. Some financially and some just cant cut it. Consider your source. Some of what is said above is true, particularly the arrogance, but that doesnt apply to everyone and that type of personality is common to pilots anyway, no matter where you are.
You are entering an extremely competitive and sought after job market. Any edge you can get helps, and the name recognition does matter. It opens doors that might not otherwise be opened. Riddle provides outstanding networking opportunites not found in many other schools. It isnt for everyone but it does provide an outstanding program for the serious aviation student. (Actually, I went year round for five years but spent much of that time on the beach).
ERAU/DAB Class of 87
Aeronautical Science & Aviation Management
Boiler Special From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 135 posts, RR: 3 Reply 17, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1935 times:
If you're in the Chicago area, at least make a daytrip and drive down to see Purdue's campus. At least 20% of the Purdue enrollment is from the Chicago area, believe it or not. The Dept. of Aviation Technology has some of the best faculty you'll find anywhere. You're not just a number to anybody. The faculty takes an interest in getting to know you and making sure you leave Purdue with something more than a degree.
Granted, it's that way at many schools, but not all of them. Visit all of the campuses and see which one you like best. UND has its advantages, ERAU does too. Overall, in my opinion, Purdue offers you the best education and experience for your money. We have major ties with UAL in Chicago and ATA in Indianapolis, so getting a job after you graduate isn't particularly difficult as long as you make an effort while you're on campus.
I tried to be as unbiased as possible. Good luck in your college search!
Ampropilot2b From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 138 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1920 times:
I go to Embry-Riddle, and am a senior. I have had a few problems with the runaround-but having gone to another school, I can tell you that THIS IS THE REAL WORLD and it happens EVERYWHERE. Many students come to Riddle and think they are "in" already. These are the types of students who have the problems here. If you are cocky, expect the school to do everything for you, and blame the school for you problems instead of fixing them yourself, then you are not professional pilot material anyway.
As far as people in the industry looking down on ERAU (Miller22 says a Chief Pilot says so), this just isn't true. There are bad students everywhere. In fact, a chief pilot at a certain Colorado hub told me to go to Riddle. Looking at the internship program at United this fall, over half of the flight interns are from Embry-Riddle. Sounds like a bad reputation to me. Riddle has the largest Bridge program with Atlantic Coast Airlines. We send scores of pilots to CoEx, Eagle, ASA, and others each year.The statistics speak for themselves.
Embry-Riddle is expensive and has its problems (just like every school). You will graduate with great training like 24 hrs. level D sim time in the B1900D, and 20hrs. of 737 sim time. If you want to go somewhere and be totally immersed in aviation, ERAU is probably for you. If can't deal with total immersion, or are unwilling to take responsibility for your future and overcome a little adversity, go somewhere else. UND is great, Purdue is great, and so are many others (Parks, DWU, SIU). As for me, I am glad I made the decision to come to ERAU.