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Russell Aviation

brentbodkin wrote on 2/21/2015 4:16:53 PM:
Quality of Aircraft 5 Quality of Instruction 5
Availability of Aircraft 5 Availability of Instruction 5
Cleanliness of Aircraft 5 Facility Amenities 5
Community Atmosphere 5 Friendliness of Staff 5
Professionalism of Staff 5 Value of Training 5
Overall Score: 5/5

Employee(s) worked with: Mickey Russell

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: Yes

Pros

It's all good.

Cons

None

My Review of Russell Aviation:
The phone number has changed to 719-395-6779. They provide accelerated IFR training that is not like other flight schools. It really is a "Masters" flight program that every pilot should take if you want to learn about extreme cross-wind landings, high altitude operations and mountain flight training.

Sunstate Aviation

Devindog88 wrote on 2/16/2015 2:49:51 PM:
Quality of Aircraft 4 Quality of Instruction 4
Availability of Aircraft 1 Availability of Instruction 1
Cleanliness of Aircraft 5 Facility Amenities 3
Community Atmosphere 1 Friendliness of Staff 1
Professionalism of Staff 4 Value of Training 2
Overall Score: 2.6/5

Employee(s) worked with: Mike, Steve

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: No

Pros

Good airplanes

Clean building

Fine airport

Good training programs

Organised

Cons

Too busy

Cold staff, no friend feeling

Tired looking instructors (understandable)

Too thorough, repetitive training attitude

You will likely never have the same instructor twice.

ABSURD PRICES.

My Review of Sunstate Aviation:
I really wanted to say yes to recommending this nice, organised school, but they're overbooked. Not enough planes or instructors.
I liked the planes, they seemed well taken care of for the amount of use they get.
If you book way ahead of time go ahead and try.
I went in hoping for a quick instrument rating, but no availability and I'm kind of glad, the rental prices are ABSURD. $160+ for an Arrow! I can rent that same kind of plane anywhere else in mint condition for 130-150 buckaroonies.



Tailwheels Etc.

Devindog88 wrote on 2/16/2015 2:22:25 PM:
Quality of Aircraft 1 Quality of Instruction 2
Availability of Aircraft 3 Availability of Instruction 3
Cleanliness of Aircraft 1 Facility Amenities 4
Community Atmosphere 1 Friendliness of Staff 4
Professionalism of Staff 1 Value of Training 1
Overall Score: 2.1/5

Employee(s) worked with: Randy, Travis, Liz, Rick

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: No

Pros

Greeted quickly, good location, clean bathroom

Cons

Planes are death traps, over used. Too many students, too little aircraft and maintenance.

My Review of Tailwheels Etc.:
Obviously overworked school. Instructors seem like they don't know lift from that feeling when you think your fart is gonna propel you off the toilet.
The planes aren't even planes. More like overused bolt buckets that aren't even shaped like planes anymore (ok, well, maybe shaped like them, but you get the idea). I understand the planes are used a lot, when I brought it up to them (politely and very briefly, mind you I am not a jerk) they just said something like "Oh yeah they're used some several thousand hours per month blah blah". They take nothing seriously here, not even your life.
Just... don't risk it here if you value your wallet and life.

Galaxy Aviation

ALUKACZ wrote on 2/3/2015 4:45:20 PM:
Quality of Aircraft 5 Quality of Instruction 5
Availability of Aircraft 5 Availability of Instruction 5
Cleanliness of Aircraft 5 Facility Amenities 4
Community Atmosphere 5 Friendliness of Staff 5
Professionalism of Staff 5 Value of Training 5
Overall Score: 4.9/5

Employee(s) worked with: Luigi Bottini

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: Yes

Pros

Cons


My Review of Galaxy Aviation:
Excellent experience, I wish I had more time available to be active in flying. Questions were answered in a succinct manner. I found my peers and staff were respectful, diplomatic, and cautious. I was able to purchase required learning materials at the same area I was learning for more convenience at a reasonable price.

MN Aviation, Inc.

bean0401 wrote on 11/21/2014 12:23:50 AM:
Quality of Aircraft 1 Quality of Instruction 2
Availability of Aircraft 4 Availability of Instruction 4
Cleanliness of Aircraft 5 Facility Amenities 2
Community Atmosphere 2 Friendliness of Staff 4
Professionalism of Staff 1 Value of Training 1
Overall Score: 2.6/5

Employee(s) worked with: Matt and Mike

Reason for visit: Flight Training

I recommend this flight school: No

Pros

Its cheap. But that is all.

Cons

It is a very unorganized operation. You get what you pay for.

My Review of MN Aviation, Inc.:
Very nice people, but very, very, unorganized. No syllabus or study materials. The aircrafts POH are only available to you when you are at the airport. So i got to study it for an hour before my checkride. There is ALOT more to say, but, Its a small world and I want to remain anonymous as possible. Also, they are unorganized as hell...in case I forgot to mention it. I strongly do not recommend this school to anyone. And I did pass my checkride...barely, so I am not bitter about failing or trying to get revenge or anything petty like that, I'm just being honest. From one pilot to another, dont go there, its not worth the small amount of savings.


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