dragogoalie
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Hawaii Flight Academy (formerly Sporty's Academy)

Thu Feb 28, 2002 1:19 pm

I was wondering if anyone on the board has attended this school and what they think about it. I spent one semester at the University of Minnesota in Crookston and didn't exactly enjoy my time there for a number of reasons. I'm looking to transfer to a different school probably around september. I have been to and toured this school and was very impressed. My mom keeps insisting that I go to or at least look into the University of North Dakota. My flight program at Crookston was already done through UND and I wasn't as impressed with them as I was with the Hawaii Flight Academy. My mom seems to think that the only reason I'm so adament about the school in Hawaii is because of its location, which isn't the case. I would be doing the new Bachelors Degree program that Hawaii flight academy is offering through Utah Valley State college. Well..thats about it. Thanks a lot in advance for all your help.

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Bump

Thu Feb 28, 2002 10:50 pm

Just bumping it back up to the top.
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RE: Bump

Fri Mar 01, 2002 1:10 am

they are pretty good (if you are talking about the UND program). The only problem I heard is that since HNL is a class B airspace, sometimes it does get too busy. One PA-28 was damaged when a student pilot got hurried by a request for a short approach. Other times controller want the pilot to fly base with a 747-400/777 on long final on the parallel runway. General Aviation uses the 4s, which are used by the most of the majors for landing and sometimes takeoff (other times the majors use 8L for landing). The school is just like any other 4-year degree flight school, just the airport is different and the girls are tan.
 
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RE: Hawaii Flight Academy (formerly Sporty's Academy)

Fri Mar 01, 2002 1:20 am

Hawaii Flight Academy is located at KOA, not HNL. Keahole-Kona is class Delta and is virtually always VFR. They have a fleet of C172s (and a sweet 1998 Skyhawk) and PA28s. They use a twin-Comanche for multi-engine training. I got my private and instrument ratings with them. They're pretty good, but they are the most expensive option in the islands. They pretty much have the monopoly for flight training on the Big Island.

There's a lot of long overwater flights in single engine airplanes, which is always a thrill. You get lots of training on ditching.

Their maintenance is pretty good, the only problems I ever had was a vacuum pump failure on a flight from KOA to ITO and an alternator failure on a flight from HNM to ITO. Hmm, I guess you just don't fly to Hilo huh?

HNL is the biggest airport you'll fly in to, but it's pretty easy and the controllers are really cool over there. The most challenging airports are actually Kahului Maui, with it's strong gusty winds, and Waimea-Kohala on the Big Island, which is almost always IFR.

Well, hope that gives you a little info.

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dragogoalie
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RE: Hawaii Flight Academy (formerly Sporty's Academy)

Fri Mar 01, 2002 1:21 am

The program I'm looking into has nothing to do with UND. It is actually in Kona on the island of Hawaii. Like I mentioned is that I toured the school and I was very impressed. My mom is just not so sure about it because she handn't heard of it before. I have no doubt that UND is a good program, but I think this one may be better, I'm just trying to get some feedback from anyone with any experience there to show my mother that.

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RE: Hawaii Flight Academy (formerly Sporty's Academy)

Fri Mar 01, 2002 1:26 am

Thanks Boeingmd82, I posted my most recent response at about the same time you posted yours. I know it is quite expensive, but everything in Hawaii is. And I'm a great believer in the theory of "you get what you pay for".

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RE: Hawaii Flight Academy (formerly Sporty's Academy)

Sat Mar 02, 2002 10:53 pm

bump
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