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Embery Riddle...

Mon Oct 25, 1999 7:52 am


I want to be a pilot, and I heard about Embery Riddle in Florida. Is is a good way to get your lisence? I want to fly the 757 / 767 for AA or UA , or BA.... I dont want to join the Air Force... Any experience with the school or advice....

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RE: Embery Riddle...

Mon Oct 25, 1999 8:29 am

You want to hear something strange? I know several Embry-Riddle students and most of them have said negative things. I say this is strange because of all the articles you read about how great the school is for getting jobs, but not one of the people I know work for a major airline. In fact, two of them had internships with American and this didn't help them at all. Maybe it is just the people I know, but just last week one of my former students, who got his Private this summer, called me from Riddle and even though he's been there since August he hasnt' flown once. Hopefully others will post there experiences but I would consider Flight Safety or a small school just as much as I would Riddle.
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Other Schools

Mon Oct 25, 1999 8:45 am

Purdue Cadet and Pilot113 speak highly of Purdue University. One of them will no doubt readt this forum. They'd probably be happy to answer anyof your questions. But, unless you are an American Citizen you can't get in. That kind of ruined all of my plans, (I'm a Canadian). Another option is to go to Europe and BA or LH will pay for your training. And then start taking deductions off your paycheque until its paid off. UND has got some pretty bad reviews by Jetpilot. I was looking at that.

If I went to Flight Safety, would an Airline hire me even though I don't have a University degree? Or should I take an engineering course somewhere in addition?
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I Go To Riddle

Mon Oct 25, 1999 2:33 pm

I am a sophmore at ERAU and I like it a lot. I will admit things have been kinda slow at the flight line, but they are picking back up again. I have flown the last 3 days in a row with Riddles brand new 172's. I really have no complaints about the school. Others may say just the opposite, but thats them. Hope this helps.
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RE: Other Schools

Tue Oct 26, 1999 9:13 am

AC_A340 is indeed correct. I do go to Purdue University, although as best as I can astertain we do take foreigners (although you'd have to compete with the US people, as they get preference and on top of that you'd have to get the FAA equivilant licenses).

I can answer any question that you have regarding PU, if I can't answer it, I can pass it on to someone who can.

BTW... don't go to Riddle, they have safety/scheduling gaps in their flight program. I was seriously looking at them when I heard horror stories coming from students that went there. Purdue has had one major crash and very little scheduling problems. However, since the crash, they have tightened their rules and haven't had one since.

- Neil Harrison

RE: Embery Riddle...

Tue Oct 26, 1999 4:30 pm

I am also at Purdue, as my name implies, and I can say that I really love it here. I'm a sophomre, so I've had some experience with the program, and it's great. It is true, however, that onlu US citizens are accepted into the flight program. Non-citizens can go into any other major here, including the non-flight aviation majors, but flight is only open to US citizens. We have a great fleet (Piper Cadets to be replaced by brand new Warrior IIIs in the fall, as well as Piper Arrows, Beechcraft Duchesses, Raytheon King Airs, and a Raytheon Beechjet 400A, all of which are flown by students, as well as 2 727 simulators and a Dornier 328/328JET simulator that will be operational by the end of the school year.) I've also been very pleased with the staff - we have some great professors here. While it's true that we're far from the largest program around - only about 50 students a year enter our flight program - it is considered by many to be the best. The small size allows you to really get to know the faculty, allows Purdue to offer all students complimentary twin turbine time flying the King Airs on staff transport missions, and provides a lot of personal interaction. The industry also recognizes the quality of the Purdue program... I chose it at the reccomendation of the Allied Pilots Association, and Alaska Airlines will not take flight interns from any school other than Purdue, for example. It may be expensive (especially if you are out of state as I am), but it's worth every penny.

One question about ERAU for TrnsWrld - I know that the now-unionized ERAU instructors have voted to strike... Does this affect both campuses, or just one of them?