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Has anyone any info about Billins Air Services at Cranfield? Are they any good? I'm narrowing down my choices for multi CPL/IR training.
Anyone know what the instructors are like? What about the owner? The aircraft? Do they really go out of their way to help? They are quite cheap I noticed, does this get reflected in the training?
Anyone any views on Cranfield as a place for training?
I would like to get an idea of what they like before I decide to contact them.
4th Feb 2003, 21:26
hi bodie. excuse poor typing-keyboard probs. thought you should know im expecting a call from a guy called paul i think re IR @<hidden> billins. have done few ratings there but no IR. only just become aware. be glad to give you my opinion about billins or you could go else where to a place with a flashy name and pay ££££££ more. let me know if you get this and i'll give you my number if you want. richard
Is Paul an instructor at Billins? What ratings have you done there?
5th Feb 2003, 08:33
Did my night rating there a few years back!
I'd recommend them highly for ppl/night etc but couldn't comment on IR stuff.
5th Feb 2003, 08:50
Don't want to crap on your parade but according to the CAA website Billins is not approved for either the CPL or the IR.
They have only just received approval. However, the instructors there have been conducting CPL/IR training with other companies. Just wondered if anyone has been instructed by any of these guys (or gals).
5th Feb 2003, 18:16
DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT PAY UP-FRONT.
A and C
5th Feb 2003, 18:44
I agree whole hartedly with your advice but that would go for just about every training outfit in the UK and not just Billins air services.
Do you know something I dont? ;)
Perhaps you were meaning because they have only just got approval?
5th Feb 2003, 20:15
They have only just received approval. Are you sure? If so, you'd think they would be included on a list dated only two days ago :confused:
5th Feb 2003, 20:49
All aircraft have had their ashtrays re-fitted and there is a free porn channel in the club house available to members.
10th Feb 2003, 22:03
hi Bodie. sorry late reply. in answer to your question i have done my IMC, NR, twin rating and some hour building at billins. I have known the management at Billins for some time now and my opinions are completely un biased. They seem to have devised an attractive IR proposal and like all things new should require more investigation than just visiting a renown school and spending thousands (like me). The IR training 'aint such a big deal' so dont think the more you pay the better my chances of passing. as i said before i'd be happy to share my experiences with you, just send me EMail. good luck whatever you do.
11th Feb 2003, 10:25
Regarding the IR training at BILLINS AIR SERVICES, YES they do have approval, I have seen it with my own eyes. The certification is on the wall for everyone to read. I have just completed some hour building and a night rating at Billins and can honestly say the school is a friendly and professional outfit, unlike some I have had the misfortune to spend my hard earned at. Hoping to return in the near future for cpl/IR. Richard and the boys get my vote.
13th Feb 2003, 10:35
GOOD SCHOOL BILLINGS,HAS BEEN GOING A LONG TIME, YOU WILL BE TAUGHT PRACTICAL IR, NOT JUST HOW TO PASS THE CAAFU TEST.RICHARD VERY EXPERIENCED PILOT WITH BOTH SINGLE & MULTI CREW OPERATION.IF YOU WANT SOMEONE SAT NEXT TO YOU WITH MORE STRIPES THAN A ZEBRA THEN THIS IS NOT THE SCHOOL FOR YOU!:cool: