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Top Flight Schools In The World

Mon Sep 05, 2005 9:15 pm

Like there are ratings for top business schools etc. is there a site which ranks the best flight schools globally? If yes please advise. If not, would appreciate your comments on which ones are considered the top ten for commercial pilot training.

Thanks for your feedback.

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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Mon Sep 05, 2005 10:07 pm

Haven't heard of such ranking for flying schools before. And I don't think there is any. It's hard to define which flying school is better.

I know two fine flying schools that offer flying degree/courses. They are:

1) School of Aviation, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Go to:< http://www.aviation.unsw.edu.au/>

2) Aerospace Aviation, Bankstown Airport, Sydney, Australia. Go to: http://www.aerospaceaviation.com/index.php

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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Mon Sep 05, 2005 11:11 pm

For Commercial Pilots Flight Safety Academy in Vero Beach, FL is one of the best.
 
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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Mon Sep 05, 2005 11:19 pm

Embry Riddle Aeronautial Univ in both Daytona Beach FL and Presscot AZ is in the top three....Not that my user name gives anything any  Smile

I went to the FL campus it was great

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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Tue Sep 06, 2005 6:32 am

I have also never come across such a ranking.
I am from Canada and the best flight school for commercial pilot training school in Canada in the eyes of many is Coastal Pacific Aviation. I attended four years of school there and I would recommend it to any person who is looking to peruse a career as a professional pilot.
 
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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Tue Sep 06, 2005 6:43 am

Quoting N323ER (Reply 3):
I went to the FL campus it was great

I'm hopping to go. What are the class sizes like. I'm glade to hear that you liked it. It is always good to hear that the school that you are going to attend is a good school.

Quoting N323ER (Reply 3):
Embry Riddle Aeronautial Univ in both Daytona Beach FL and Presscot AZ is in the top three....Not that my user name gives anything any

I have talked to people that aren't into aviation and they have hard that it is the Harvard of flying schools.

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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Tue Sep 06, 2005 6:53 am

Western Michigan has a really awesome aviation department I went to an open day there last year and was really impressed!

http://www.wmich.edu/
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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Tue Sep 06, 2005 7:11 am

I am curious as to how Canadian schools work out for aviation.
There are a couple that offer commercial pilot aviation program with a diploma.
Someday I want to enroll at a good school and do my flight training as well as to get a good education and be rewarded with a degree.

Anybody whos enrolled in Canadian schools: How do you cope with financial costs, and how is the education itself like what things do you learn? Math?

In the U.S. many are in my head .. ERAU is one but they are too expensive.
Jacksonville and Ohio State University I heard have good programs,
UNorth Dakota is also very good. But how are the smaller schools?
I think that would be a good option as it would save thousands.
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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Tue Sep 06, 2005 7:53 am

University of North Dakota Aviation is tops!

http://www.aero.und.edu
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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:05 am

Hey Guys,

Oxford Aviation Training probably tops the European market. Heres the link:

www.oxfordaviation.net

Well known throughout Europe and America, produces top quality pilots too! I want to/will (dont want to jinx myself) go to OAT.

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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:15 am

UND is by far the best in this country. Best and most diverse fleet from helicopters to jet aircraft and a respected 4 year degree (which is required for many airlines in the world.) I did three years of research and applied to Purdue, both ERAU campuses, Western Mich, UND, and got accepted to all of them. I made my decision after visiting every campus but W Mich and getting many outsider opinions. My advice is to do the same that I did and dont slack on research to choose the school thats right for you. Ultimately for me however the choice was based on the helicopter program not offered at any other school in the US, but as far as commercial aviation is concerned UND is number 1. Feel free to ask me for any further details on fleet or degree programs
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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:33 am

Quoting Lastordu (Reply 5):
Quoting N323ER (Reply 3):
Embry Riddle Aeronautial Univ in both Daytona Beach FL and Presscot AZ is in the top three....Not that my user name gives anything any

I have talked to people that aren't into aviation and they have hard that it is the Harvard of flying schools.

LAStoRDU

Embry Riddle is expensive, which hardly makes it the best.

I would look at Western Michigan University.
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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Tue Sep 06, 2005 10:57 am

Wiggidy,

What Aviation/Pilot related programs are there at UND?
I want to study Aeronautical Engineering and do Commercial pilots training altogether with a degree at the end. I don't know if something like that is possible albeit very expensive.
I live in Canada and there is a college in my city that has a "professional pilot" program which offers a diploma after two years. I need a degree as a diploma won't cut it.
Are you still enrolled in UND or graduated?
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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Tue Sep 06, 2005 11:13 am

Its not an ab-initio school or one that trains people to be commercial pilots, but you know you're top stuff if you make it here:

http://www.qinetiq.com/home_etps.html

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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Tue Sep 06, 2005 12:02 pm

my alma mater! UD!

www.dbq.edu
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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Tue Sep 06, 2005 2:03 pm

Whatever flightschool you are interested in, I suggest you stay away from the Florida ones and look toward Arizona. Over there there's good year round flying with very favorable weather (don't have to worry about a string of hurricanes interrupting your flight training).

Be prepared to spend at least $60,000 if you want to go from no experience to being a shoe-in for the commuter airlines. 5 years of below poverty income for flight hours is also no picnic either. But the good news is that the airline industry on the Low-fare side is booming and airlines like jetBlue, Southwest, AirTran and the like need pilots. The legacies on the other hand couldn't lay pilots off faster or cut their benefits with any less mercy.
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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Tue Sep 06, 2005 2:36 pm

the Illinois Aviatoin Academy! best group of people in the world!
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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Tue Sep 06, 2005 4:01 pm

Thank you all for your very informative replies.

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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Tue Sep 06, 2005 10:08 pm

I second that Oxford Aviation is the best in Europe. My brother is studying there and his class has the highest marks in the history of the school. Pretty awesome. He should not have much trouble finding a job after he graduates.

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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Tue Sep 06, 2005 10:27 pm

Oxford Aviation has too much theory and is too expensive. ERAU main activity is not to graduate pilots but aviation professionals also, Engineers, etc.

As I said before Flight Safety Academy is considered the best flying school for years in the US and in the World. Their webpage is at:

http://www.flightsafetyacademy.com
 
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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Wed Sep 07, 2005 12:06 am

If anyone has any questions about ERAU feel free to email me as I just graduated from there in December.

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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Wed Sep 07, 2005 12:34 am

I'm in my junior year at Purdue. I came in with no flight experience and now have my commercial license with instrument rating, and am now working on my multi-engine rating. The training is superb...what other school has you flying 727-100 and -200 simulators, as well as first officer on a KingAir 200? I'll admit that it is expensive, especially if you're out of state. But my parents advised me to do what I've always dreamed of and not let the cost of my education be a deterrant.


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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:03 am

Quoting Lastordu (Reply 5):
I have talked to people that aren't into aviation and they have hard that it is the Harvard of flying schools.

FIT Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne is a Top school. It has a huge fleet of new Piper aircraft and a great 4 year degree program.

ERAU is probably the Julliard of Flight Schools ERAU boast that they have excellent weather and they are very prestigious, the truth is that you wont get your hands on a plane in your first year. If you are lucky maybe on your second. There are just too many people wanting to fly and not enough planes, besides you don't get to know people and things outside of the aviation environment and with 80% of the population male, your dating prospects are well... grim, for some people at least, others find a lot of options if you know what I mean  

FIT is a very prestigious University, with the same weather advantage that ERAU has, plus you get academic education in areas outside aviation which is a huge plus. Also you are guaranteed that during your entire flight training you will have 3 slots a week, always. Simulator time is included, including a B1900 simulator. In ERAU you have to pay for the 757 sim and you can only use it like at 12-2AM because it is always booked and it will cost you about 400-500 per hour. ERAU was very appealing to me at first, but when I heard these comments from former students who transferd to FIT, I made my choice, FIT is the way to go If you want a great aviation university. Class sizes are a huge problem at ERAU, in FIT you never see more than 30 students in a class. And professors know you and help you out. Most professors talk to you on first name basis and know you when you cross them on campus. And they can even get you internship programs in airlines.
Also, all FIT grads are guaranteed an interview with COexpress and AAeagle when they have 500 hours. And most top students get jobs as instructors in their junior year.

For more info on this GREAT university go to http://www.fit.edu

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RE: Top Flight Schools In The World

Wed Sep 07, 2005 5:52 am

Bo_einG,
I am currently a senior at UND majoring in comm av-helicopter. There are many majors to choose from here, Ill list a few:
BS in commercial avition (fixed wing and helicopter)
BS in aviation management
BS in aviation education
BS in air traffic control (top school in the country so ATC majors tell me)
Id say these are the top majors in no particular order. As far as engineering is concerned, I have no idea. We have quite a large engineering school, but its not associated with the aviation side. We also have great atmospheric science, computer science, and space studies programs. Its a great school that can offer a whole lot more than places like flight safety or airline academies. Let me know if you want any more info
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