I fly with the NFC too. The problems I have were almost all directly related to weather and availability of suitably qualified instructors. Not all instructors can train to CPL standards or IR or Multi IR. I also notice that in relation to bookings they have changed the system in some way and it has improved.
The perennial problem of instructors leaving to go to the airlines is a big problem. 3 or 4 are leaving shortly to go to Ryanair. Very few people are training to be instructors in their place. In my opinion if a couple of years time there will be almost no working instructors left in this country.
They can't run the sim 20 hours a day simply because there are only two instructors suitably qualified to train people. They are also tight on Multi instructors. People with that level of experience simply don't work as instructors any more.
One thing I will say and this applies to all flying schools. No one is going to hold your hand. Beyond a certain point in your training it's up to you to make progress. Pilots after all are supposed to be self starters. That means you have make the running and as often as not you tell the instructor what you want to do. Particularly at commercial level.
I cannot understand why it would take months to get a cross country done unless the weather is particularly bad which it was this year. Not so long ago I booked a 150 at fairly short notice and went.
I don't know anything about the five hour checkout rule. But zvox,
not even letting me fly at night >_<
Weston isn't open at night! And unless things have changed you cannot fly night VFR outside the Dublin zone. No disrespect to you but there is a problem with some US or Canadian trained pilots who have struggled to meet JAA or even Irish standards. It's not a question of hours, it's standards that have to be met.
I have to say I hardly recognise the complaints. I do agree it needs better organisation but that is happening I believe.