I have never - not once in 55 bookings! - been bumped in favour of another customer. My only complaints are that it can be hard to get a booking (which is an inevitable consequence of their popularity) and that the lesson usually won't start on time (but on the good side, the instructor always gives me the time I need, both in the air and talking on the ground, rather than rushing off to the next student).
So the aeroplanes are old and look a bit battered - so what? They're perfectly flyable, and getting used to the idiosyncracies of old planes is very good training for the kind of flying most of us will be able to afford.
Maybe I just know no better, but my experience of the NFC is of a professionally-run organisation with a good friendly atmosphere, and that the teaching is top-class.
Ceatach the best thing for you to do is the next time your out there book all your lessons for about a month, then when you are two weeks into that month book again for the following two weeks and so on. Never leave it intill the week before you will only be disappointed.
So if you're hanging around there's nowhere to get a cup of coffee, to sit down and chat or read a magazine, to fill out a plog or read up on your next briefing, or just watch the planes take off and land. You have to sit in your own car or else outside if the weather is decent.
Actually I'm not even sure where there's a toilet now - at the weekend there was a notice on the door of the old house saying that it had been taken over by some company ("Clare Films" or something?) and is not open to the public.
shamrock/heavy, was that my post you were referring to, rather than Charlie Hotel Mike's?
Anyway, I doubt if CHM is anyone's favourite plane at the moment since it is horrendously underpowered and climbing out at only 200 fpm with 2 on board.
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Hibby, just use the toilet in the airport building which you walk through to get airside.Also agree about the awkwardness of having the coffee shop over the farside of the airfield and i dont have a car, so i physically cant get around to the terminal unless i walk up that lethal road outside the airport.
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i started my flyin with the NFC about 3.5 years ago and i found that the way they keep giving you a different instructor everytime a bit annoying. although the instructors are all great and very experienced there it still gets a bit annoying. when i started they didnt even have a sylabus!!
anyway i completed about 35-40 hours with them and then i changed to FLIGHTWISE to complete my training, flightwise was a totaly different atmosphere. everything was so organised and the instructors were great too.
The only thing about flightwise is that they have a membership fee every year- they used to charge ?500 anually. but now they do monthly installments of ?30-35!!!
Beleive me, you should at least go in and have a chat with adrian and youll see how much better it is than anywhere else.
the planes are kept in very good nick aswell and beleive it or not they actuall give ya free flyin if your lucky!!!!
YEAH FREE FLYIN: students there with a ppl can actually bring the plane from weston - kilrush for maintenance for free- about 1.5 hrs there and back!!!
i did it once and the sense of acheivement is great- you actually have a purpose- delivering the aircraft.
so go with FLIGHTWISE, the best by far, with quite reasonable per hour ?130.
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