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Central Washington Aviation Program

Sun Feb 08, 2004 3:49 pm

As a college student I'm still debating where exactly I want to go to pursue a career as a corporate pilot. Ive been accepted to Riddle, but turned it down for many reasons. But for now, I'm pretty much between Spartan and ASU's program.

I've recently heard about Central Washington's aviation program and I'm wondering if anybody knows about this program, if it's reputable, and any other relevant information.

Thanks,

Tim
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RE: Central Washington Aviation Program

Sun Feb 08, 2004 9:23 pm

Did you consider UND?
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RE: Central Washington Aviation Program

Sun Feb 08, 2004 9:32 pm

I have an aunt that is a professor there. (not aviation

Haven't seen the aviation program there.

You are only a couple hours out of Seattle and since you are on the west side of the cascades you are in much warmer and less soggy weather.

Despite having spent two years at UND and knowing that they have good people there, I can't in good faith make a recommendation. There are so large it is easy to get lost in that program, it can also be a pain fighing everybody for flight time.

That and the terrain in GFK isn't real world at all. The tallest mountain there is the on-ramp to the bridge over the Railyard.

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RE: Central Washington Aviation Program

Sun Feb 08, 2004 10:22 pm

That and the terrain in GFK isn't real world at all. The tallest mountain there is the on-ramp to the bridge over the Railyard

Lol, so true. A few of my friends went up there for the NIFA nationals last year, and they all said that it was hard, bacause there are NO land marks whatsoever.
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RE: Central Washington Aviation Program

Sun Feb 08, 2004 10:28 pm

What about Western Michigan University?

or even a smaller school...

Northwestern Michigan College

http://www.nmc.edu/aviation/



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Sun Feb 08, 2004 11:05 pm

Daniel Webster College in nashua NH isn't bad (and I'm a Riddle Grad saying that!).
 
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RE: Central Washington Aviation Program

Mon Feb 09, 2004 12:05 am

WHen i was looking into CWU, i was not impressed. They have like a contract with the FBO...so its not really like Central's own aircraft and what not. Things may have changed in the last 5 years. I did some flying in Moses Lake for a while and some of the Central students would be doing cross countrys into the airport there...and they sounded and acted like idiots some times. I know that every school has unexperienced pilots, but i wonder if it may be a product of CWU?!?!...anyway, if you ask me my opinion, youve done good to not persue ERAU. You should for sure consider University of North Dakota though.

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RE: Central Washington Aviation Program

Mon Feb 09, 2004 1:56 am

Whats the weather like in ND though? I mean, isnt it really cold up there most of the time? And flat as well?...shows how much i know about this country  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Spartan is a really good school since it exposes you to many elements (weather, environment, etc). Whereas Riddle schools really only fly you in the favorable weather conditions...Thus, you only know how to fly in good conditions. The phrase "350 flying days per year" really does stand true, but.... Riddle probably made that quote, right? hehe

Ill look at UND's program when i get time this week.

Thanks for the info, guys.

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RE: Central Washington Aviation Program

Mon Feb 09, 2004 2:50 am

Like another poster said in a different thread (paraphrased), only in GFK are we grounded in the summer because it's too hot, and grounded in the winter because it's too cold.

You are correct about the flat part. Nice in an emergency, land anywhere you please  Smile

About flying 350 days a year, do you really want 350 days of sunshine? At UND you will have hot, humid days in the summer, fog, rain, probably a tornado or two every now and then, and blizzards and severe icing in the winter. At least you'll get actual IFR time, which is better than the simulated that ERAU or other "350 days of sunshine" schools.

Another good thing about GFK is that it's only a couple of hours by car to YWG, where drinking age is 18  Big grin Also, it'll give you the chance to do some international flying.
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RE: Central Washington Aviation Program

Mon Feb 09, 2004 7:37 am

"You are only a couple hours out of Seattle and since you are on the west side of the cascades you are in much warmer and less soggy weather."
First off Central Washington U is on the east part of the cascades.

http://www.aero.und.edu

UND has a partnership with a school in Pheonix I bring that up because your profile indicates your from Arizona. I am from Washington and looked into CWU, not nearly as good as ERAU or UND. I made a decision for UND. It does get cold it was -42 the other week. Some times you'll be grounded because of the elements, but still UND is a real college and you will hangout with all types of people, aviation majors, Art, and more. If money is no object and you care about the weather then ERAU is for you. If you don't want to spend as much money, and don't care about the weather then UND is for you. Also we got up to 30 degrees today probably the warmest its been in over a month. Remember the decision on the proper college is yours and you should consider all factors. I hope you make the correct decision for you. Best of luck in your decision, and if you choose UND make Aviation Management your major, trust me its a lot smarter decision then Commercial aviation. You get all the flight experience with a business major.

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RE: Central Washington Aviation Program

Mon Feb 09, 2004 1:58 pm

I was accepted to Riddle in Prescott and originally I really wanted to go since its a great college and its only about 2 hours from me...But I turned it down about a year ago for quite a few reasons.
Money really isnt going to be an issue though. And I'm not just going to get a degree in aviation. My plans are to get a degree in applied science of aviation and then get a bachelors of science in aviation tech. management so if I cant get a flying job right away, I can work at an FBO( as a start, preferably).

I really dont even want to think about flying commercially. Corporate, in my mind, is so much more interesting...and luxurious. Theres more involved as well, and corporate pilots, from what ive seen and have been told, do more than airline pilots. You'd be surprised how much more corp piltos do...in almost all cases, commercial pilots dont even make flight plans. The airline does just about everything but fly the plane. Corp pilots are responsible for fuel, flight planning, flying (duh), scheduling, etc.

Do you happen to know the name/school of the affiliate with UND here in Phoenix?

Thanks again,

Tim

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RE: Central Washington Aviation Program

Mon Feb 09, 2004 2:04 pm

Shoot, I can't remember the name of the college down in Phoenix.

They where flying out of Williams Gateway, with Katana's when I was at UND. I got to send them manuals all the time, student job.

The problem they where having back then is that on the Katana there is this little temperature sensitive dot between the two seats. If it turns red when the airframe is too warm to fly. Yes the Fiberglas is temperature limited.

Anyway, during the summer of 98, they could only fly before 10 am and after 6 or 7 PM.

First off Central Washington U is on the east part of the cascades.

Opps, had a case of special dyxleia there.

Oh and while I am thinking about it, UND also had partnerships with a community college in Spokane Washington.

There where two other partnership schools, one in Crookston MN, Don't remember where the other one was.
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RE: Central Washington Aviation Program

Mon Feb 09, 2004 4:11 pm

Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Williams Campus has an A&P program in PHX where I am going, but as for a pilot's school @ Williams Airport, Im not sure about that. I never paid attention to that.

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