It looks like I have to move my training to Weston because the traveling and club (not saying where !) aircraft/instructor availability is becoming a problem. I always wanted to learn in a club atmosphere but I now realise that it takes too long and is becoming a bit frustrating.
So, to my point. Now I'm not looking to start a war between the fans of the various schools at Weston, I'm just looking for a recommendation for the best school for an average Joe Soap to get his PPL solely for recreational purposes.
I did some training with Aerial at Weston about 5 years ago and while the instruction was fine, I did find the constant changing of instructors and the general atmosphere a bit off putting. It seemed to me that if you were a CPL candidate you got much more attention than a mere PPL. I'm sure this may have changed now and thats why I'm asking this question -
Who should I call - NFC, Skytrace/PTC or Flightwise (or any others I don't know about).
Suggest a 1/2 flight to get the measure of the school. One school will have lots of planes mostly in bad condidtion (IE.. you would not be suprised if the dash ends up on your lap) and flightwise will have top notch spotless aircraft run by profesional insctructors not hour builders. I agree with your comments about the CPL.
I should make it clear that I have only flown with two schools in Weston.
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So if you want to be trained to the highest standards go to NFC!!!
Thats my opinion anyway...
Whats make you think I was referring to NFC? was it "waste of time and money" or dashboard on the lap" comment?
If you think FW are about shiny aircraft and nothing else you are mistaken at least in my experience.
An added bonus if you fly with them is that your name will not be tipexed out of the booking sheet in favour of the instructors mate. I know I am not the only one this happened to.
I will post anymore to this thread on this subject as I dont belive its fair to continue an endless discussion of faults and wrongdoing's. Hopefully anyone thinking of flying in Weston will have the common sense to look around and talk to other students and reach there own conculsions.
Pricewise, they compare with training in a 172, so you will find cheaper if you can fit in a 152. They look after their PPL students well, making sure you get the time you need. My impression of NFC wasn't great in that respect - I have been tippexed out there too!
If you're looking for a club atmosphere, you're more likely to get closer to that with one of the smaller schools, i.e FlightWise or SkyTrace.
I reckon I'm gonna go with Flightwise, I just like the setup best and I reckon it will suit me.
Club flying is great but you need to allow for instructor and aircraft availability. If the club training aircraft goes tech there is no replacement and that is a real pain. If an instructor has a day job or a commitment that clashes with your flying time there is nothing you can do about it.
But club flying will usually give you much more time with the instructor when you are paying only tacho hours for the plane. You'll also get to fly with PPL's in the club and discover much more about recreational flying than you would in a school. I've already been on a few cross country's that you would never get to do in a school at my stage of training.
PM me if you need more info
I have had bookings cancelled in preference to other "good customers" , plus how do you learn to fly in an aircraft that is incorrectly rigged and flys out of balance? I have not flowen with any others at weston but look else where before resorting to NFC.
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As for the condition of the planes, they dont look that good but they are airworthy (i check the documentation). The reason they are like that is because they let you learn by example doing things that shouldnt be done. A flight school that has just spent eighty grand on an aircraft wont be as reluctant.
In my opinion the NFC is a quality flight school.
In my case when i started flying, and was practicing landings with about 15 knots of a crosswind they let me learn what happens when you dont correct a crab. It was something that has stuck in my mind ever since, in other words it was an effective form of teaching for me that is. Under no circumstances do we ever do anything that endangers the aircraft or people in it, but at the same time the aircraft do take a beating.
mrbungle i think you misunderstood me. Hope this clarifies things
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