Thank you for the replies, I was thinking of Flight Safety Int. but just hoping to avoid the hassle of traveling to the States. I have had past dealings with them and can confirm their quality of training as first class.
Folks, At least CASA accepts Flight Safety, locally there have been some lulu problems of recent times. CASA seem to have a problem, right now deciding who is "qualified" to do "jet" (note: JET) endorsements, they don't seem to be able to decide what rules apply!!! Jets are such new technology, you understand. Tootle pip!!
I went through FSI, Longbeach about 2 years ago. Excellent resource for dealing with the TSA and getting your approval to train (can be a huge pain in the ass if you have never been through the hoops before). Lots of local hotels with shuttles to FSI for around $100-130 a night. My type rating was 10 days long, theres not alot to the citation 500 series.
Hopefully you have a job lined up to pay for this... If it comes down to cost then how much does it cost to replace a citation and 2 pilots who prang at the end of a runway doing v1 cuts? Remember the experienced air north crew a few years back? Not sure how you train for a TR deployment in the real jet either. Its the cost of doing business.
I didnt pay for mine. 1 year bond reducing at $1000/month. Seemed like a fair way to do it. Current employer put me through citation X school which costs close to 40k, no bond just a handshake agreement. If you leave early good luck on getting another decent gig soon.
If you are aiming for the corporate world in particular and you pay for an endorsement you may shoot yourself in the foot, this practice is not respected and will decrease your chances of getting the gig (at a reputable operator anyway). As said before its the cost of doing business and companies hire the person not the endorsement.