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Good Training Schools In The US

Sun Jun 16, 2002 1:32 pm

i would like to take a *quickie* Pilots course. In India it takes AAGES to get a damn license. And its far more expensive on a per-hour basis, esp on the Cessna 182's.

Could someone guide me to the best Flying Schools in the US where I could like finish my PPL (or equiv. that is min 60 hrs flying incl night flying) within a month or so?

Its important that i can finish quickly becuase I have a business to run back home! So i plan to like take a break for a month, finish the course and hop back in a months time if thats possible!

My instructor at the Gliding Club suggested the UK (where he himself learnt advanced Gliding techniques), but what do you guys think?

And how much will it cost me (got to budget you know!)? I will also need Lodging, though i do have relatives/friends around NYC (Queens?) and Chicago area.

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RE: Good Training Schools In The US

Sun Jun 16, 2002 1:35 pm

Also will there be problems with all this profiling nonsense that has come in after 9/11?

I am Christian, I have distinct *ahem* Indian features.

So can i even get a visa and admission into one of these flying schools?
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RE: Good Training Schools In The US

Sun Jun 16, 2002 2:10 pm

FlightSafety Vero Beach, Florida

Pan Am Flight Academy Ft. Pierce, Florida

You absolutely can't go wrong with either one.

I attended both.


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RE: Good Training Schools In The US

Sun Jun 16, 2002 5:07 pm

What about smaller school? My friend went to American Flyers and he said they're OK. I went to Westwind in Phx before they becomes PanAm. The facilities good, and plenty of planes to train with.

UK? I think they're too expensive, and quite time-consuming. But it'll worth the money if the Indian aviation authority honors UK-CAA license more than FAA's, that you'll be able to convert your license easily. Go ask someone who have been through all the process.

Have you considered about training in Australia or New Zealand?

Good luck!!
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RE: Good Training Schools In The US

Sun Jun 16, 2002 5:48 pm

I'm currently at American Flyers for my PPL. I started the last week of May and shoudl have my license within a week or so. I've been flying twice a day, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. They can get you through in less than a month if you fly every day, twice a day.

As for profiling, etc, there shouldn't be any problems with you getting your license, here. Do you live in the US or in India? Are you a citizen of the US or India? If you live in India and/or are a citizen of India, why get yoru training in the US? Is a US license valid in India if you are a citizen there? I would think an Indian citizen would have to have an Indian license, just like an American citizen, I would think, would have to have an American licnese... but I don't know.

At any rate, you shouldn't have any problems getting your license. The profiling stuff is mainly on airline flights, and even then, it is usually because of a stupid security guard. There isn't SUPPOSED to be any racial profiling.
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RE: Good Training Schools In The US

Mon Jun 17, 2002 1:29 am

I got my training at FlightSafety at Vero Beach.Very good but somewhat expensive.

North American Institute of Aviation,Conway County Airport in South Carolina is also a good option.They have experience with students from all over the world.
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