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North American Institute Of Aviation?

Mon Apr 28, 2003 2:35 am

Hi,
I have been looking on this school and it looks interesting. http://www.naia.tk
Before I decide if that shall be my future, I would like to hear if anyone have any experience from the school and maybe the FAA professional pilot program? Please share it with me.

Niklas

[Edited 2003-04-27 19:38:14]
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RE: North American Institute Of Aviation?

Mon Apr 28, 2003 4:02 am

HI.
I`d also like to hear from anyone with experience from NAIA! I am seriously considering attending the school. I have passed their admission test, and have a spot in the Oct. 03 class, however I am not totally sure that I actually will begin their program.
So please, share any experiences with me and SAS-A321!

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RE: North American Institute Of Aviation?

Mon Apr 28, 2003 7:16 pm

isn`t there anyone here with info/ experiences about NAIA?
thanks!


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RE: North American Institute Of Aviation?

Tue Apr 29, 2003 12:04 am

Why do you guys want to fly in the USA? I know flight training is very expensive in Europe but I don't believe US flight ratings are honored in Europe. NAIA has been around for a long time. So was ATA...they were a big school with a lot of international students which required large up front payments. When they closed the doors on that place recently, many of the students dreams were crushed and they were out a lot of money. If you didn't know about that do a search for ATA flight school here or at flightinfo.com

I looked at NAIA's site. They don't mention a price breakdown. Do you guys know what their hourly rate is for an instructor and a 152? If I knew I could help you compare that with other places in the US. How long of a stay can you get in the US with a visa? I helped train a couple of guys from Belgium about 15 years ago...I think they just came over on a tourist visa.

I've been to Oslo and Copenhagen for work....I loved them both and wish I could go back. UPS put a A300's on both those trips so now I go to Warsaw...which is still pretty cool.
 
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RE: North American Institute Of Aviation?

Tue Apr 29, 2003 3:43 am

We get a J-1 Visa, which`ll allow us to stay in the US for up to two years.

Upon successful graduation we`ll get the following Certificates and Ratings:

FAA:
Commercial, Instrument, Multi-Engine, Certified Flight Instructor and Certified Flight Instructor- Instrument.

JAA:
Commercial, Instrument, Single-Engine, Multi-Engine and ATPL Theory.

As for paying for all this, NAIA doesn`t charge all up front, as time passes the students will be charged for running costs, so if you get sick or for some reason don`t want to continue flight training, you`ll be returned what`s left of the amount you paid when you enrolled.


As I wrote earlier, I`m still not decided that I will attend NAIA, but any thoughts that you- De727ups, or others with knowledge on the subject would be very welcome! Would you advise, in light of the new info I gave on the training program, to begin flight training at NAIA or not? Pros and cons and general information about becoming a pilot through expensive schools like NAIA would help me alot in my evalution! feel free to e-mail me
( ragnarogland@hotmail.com ) if that is more convenient.


I was at OSL three weeks ago, and then UPS had sent a 757. I was stationed for a year at the military side of OSL, and during my time there UPS mostly sent A300s or a 727.

kind regards,
raggi

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RE: North American Institute Of Aviation?

Tue Apr 29, 2003 5:03 am

I instructed at NAIA in 76-77 when it was located in New Jersey. It was a decent flight school then,and still is.
Many ex-students are flying with majors around the globe,and SAS used to have ab-initio training there.
I've seen them advertise in Scandinavian newspapers that they train European students to full European JAA standards and licences.That should give you European licences at American prices.Sounds like a good deal to me!
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RE: North American Institute Of Aviation?

Tue Apr 29, 2003 7:19 am

exactly, FBU 4EVER ( by the way, love your nick! )
At the admission test, the guy who conducted the tests told us that the fact that we (students) get european licenses was NAIA`s best selling point.


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RE: North American Institute Of Aviation?

Tue Apr 29, 2003 1:49 pm

I used to fly the 727 into Oslo...could never figure out how to say Gardnermoen. Even though it added to the flight time I was always hoping for a visual landing to the south...it was so cool to see the mountains and water up north of the airport. It was a 45 minute drive to the hotel, which is way more than what we are used to, but I always enjoyed the trip. We stayed at a really nice, older hotel, downtown that was supposed to be the best hotel in Norway. Anyhow, I really miss doing the trip, was there during the summer of 01 mostly.

Good luck flying in the USA...I don't really know that much about NAIA but if you can get JAA certified then I'd say it's worth paying more per hour than your average rate. Two years should be way more than enough time to get your ratings through CFII...especially since the SC weather is pretty good.