Airbus Lover
Topic Author
Posts: 3163
Joined: Mon Apr 10, 2000 10:29 pm

Flying Schools In YVR Area

Fri Jun 20, 2003 2:08 pm

Can anyone living in the YVR area tell me what are the flying schools available and better yet, their website?

Out of all those which are of more reputable ones, better fleet and has better safety records?

Thanks!
 
Jayce
Posts: 502
Joined: Sat Nov 06, 1999 10:36 am

RE: Flying Schools In YVR Area

Fri Jun 20, 2003 2:55 pm

I've heard that the best is Macleod Aviation in Boundary Bay, south of YVR. One on one teaching that goes around your schedule. They have Cessna 172, 177, and a Piper Seneca. Perfect safety record. Unfortunately, no internet address as of yet.
"Trying is the first step towards failure" -Homer Simpson
 
CPAir 4 life
Posts: 203
Joined: Thu Nov 04, 1999 4:18 pm

RE: Flying Schools In YVR Area

Fri Jun 20, 2003 6:55 pm

If you are interested in training closer to the city of Vancouver, then boundary bay airport is your best bet. I did my private license at montair aviation (www.montair.com) .... but you should really check out all of the flying schools and choose the one that you feel most comfortable with. There are many companies operating out of boundary bay including the pacific flying club and pro vfr/ifr, I believe boundary bay airport even has its own website (search for it).
There is a company in pitt meadows called altair and more out of Abbotsford (which is further from Vancouver) I did my commercial license and muti-ifr at Coastal Pacific Aviation in Abbotsford (www.coastalpacific.com)


As far as safety records go, every flight school in and around Vancouver seems to be fine as there have not been any accidents related to mechanical problems or anything else like that.... that I am aware of.

My best advice is to check the schools out for yourself

 Smile
 
DE727UPS
Posts: 810
Joined: Wed Nov 22, 2000 10:55 am

RE: Flying Schools In YVR Area

Sat Jun 21, 2003 12:37 am

Sorta off topic but I had a weekend layover in YVR last weekend. The Aviation World pilot store at YVR is awesome and there is a McDonalds right next door with outside chairs for spotting in nice weather. Also enjoyed watching the floatplanes land at the Beaver resturant.
 
flyinglen
Posts: 54
Joined: Mon May 31, 1999 2:46 pm

RE: Flying Schools In YVR Area

Sat Jun 21, 2003 1:02 am

Boundary Bay, CZBB, is definetly a good training airport. No sked service, it's still a very busy tower environment to learn in. There's quite a few schools there. I heard MacLeod's is now shut down, but I haven't been in YVR for the last couple years. I did my multi IFR at Pro IFR, the training there is really good. Since I left, they have opened a VFR school, so you can do all your training there. I think that is your best bet. www.proifr.com. I did my private and commercial at Centennial, it was good, but there's no instructors from when I trained there left I think. www.myflyingschool.com. Also check out Canadian Flight Centre and the Pacific Flying Club.
 
Airbus Lover
Topic Author
Posts: 3163
Joined: Mon Apr 10, 2000 10:29 pm

RE: Flying Schools In YVR Area

Sat Jun 21, 2003 3:49 am

Alrite thanks guys I will look into it!  Smile
 
Jayce
Posts: 502
Joined: Sat Nov 06, 1999 10:36 am

RE: Flying Schools In YVR Area

Sat Jun 21, 2003 5:38 am

Flyinglen,

The old MacLeod's did shut down, but there is a new one in the old WWII hangar. Perfect location, it brings back the old romance of flying.
"Trying is the first step towards failure" -Homer Simpson
 
flyinglen
Posts: 54
Joined: Mon May 31, 1999 2:46 pm

RE: Flying Schools In YVR Area

Sat Jun 21, 2003 6:09 am

Jayce, do they still have the same planes and staff, or is it a basically new operation? Heard Doug, the old owner, passed away, who's running it now?
Is ZBB still really busy, it was in 99-2000 when I did my stuff there. Thanx for the info.
 
Jayce
Posts: 502
Joined: Sat Nov 06, 1999 10:36 am

RE: Flying Schools In YVR Area

Sat Jun 21, 2003 7:07 am

Flyinglen,

Yeah, sadly, Doug passed away last year. It's run by one of the old instructors, and another one just retired. They have a few of the old planes, and the new school retains the same flavour and the heart of the old MacLeod operation-very casual and personal.

I heard ZBB is still among the top five or so busiest airports in Canada in terms of movements.

Flyinglen-where did you do your training at?
"Trying is the first step towards failure" -Homer Simpson