I hear on the vine that Soloflight have lost their groundschool Instructor.Is this just another duff rumour or factual?.If they have, any ideas why? Where has she gone? The lady in question is a consumate professional with many years in the aviation business.I can vouch for her very effective teaching style and commitment to her students as I have used her services in times past. Anyone have any definitive answers.
Linda has set up her own Groundschool at Gamston doing the same FAA I/R, ATP courses as well as the CAA PPL and IMC subjects.
You are right, she is a super teacher with a really nice style to get the info accross and I think all of us who have been taught by her would wish her well in her new venture. She's a great loss to Soloflight and was a great asset to the operation.
I had to do my FAA stuff for a corporate job a while ago and self studied my ATP, failed it, sat it again and passed. So for my Instrument Rating I did 3 days with Linda and got a 98% pass! I just wish I'd done the ATP with her - it would have saved me a lot of bother.
Linda has indeed moved to Gamston following a disagreement with the 'Swamp Donkey' and as far as I can gather, it was he best move she has ever made.
IMHO Linda was the only reason to go to Soloflight; after all their flight safety record isn't exactly the best. (I believe the report on their last fatal incident is out on Monday!)
I paid a visit to soloflight earlier last year and couldn't believe the way the studes are spoken to, the attitude of the owner leaves a lot to be desired. She seems to forget that without the studes, she would not be in business! Correct me if I am wrong but they are her customers aren't they? Flying is expensive there but to pay through the nose and then be treated like something stuck to the bottom of her shoes...
Soloflight is a little like Fawlty Towers but with two subtle differences: 1. its based at a flying school and 2. its not fictional either!
I have friends who have learned to fly there and from what they have told me and conversations overheard at other flying schools about the place, they definately confirm my initial observations.
Glad I went to the states to do my flying training!!
(pm me if you want Linda's number, bumped into her a few weeks ago just after she moved to EGNE)
Forgive me but I wasn't name calling just repeating what I overheard a group of Soloflight students calling the owner.
I was at Humberside in the foodhall waiting for my flight to Portugal to be called last october and whilst enjoying a coffee, overheard this group, of I guess, 'members' of the school/club, who were sitting on an adjacent table.
I can say, from what I heard, they were not happy at all with the way they were being treated and messed about. (the impression I gained on my visit earlier in the year).
I must admit, Swamp Donkey was a new name on me and well, IMHO, quite apt from what I saw last apr/may.
Well said Justin. I think that's enough "having a go". If this is the atmosphere I'm not surprised Linda threw in the towel! We are all in this flying game because we enjoy it, enjoy the people we mix with, and if you don't, have the balls to vote with your feet, like she did.
It is most likely that we have a very sad person here with a massive grudge against Soloflight and in particular the owner, for what ever reason.
Sololfight is one of the best flying schools and clubs in the north and is investing into making itself even better, it is strange that it's recent growth in membership and it's very successfull training is still being recognised by so many.
Who ever you are, you never knew what a great man Glen Stewart was and your coments are purile, insulting and and have a total lack of respect - clearly you are a very sad "little" person.
To all who read this chat room, I urge you to leave this person to his own devices and lets not waste any more time on these false insinuations and accusations.
Finally - I find it hard to believe or respect the comments from anyone who has to drop to these levels of rumour mongering to get their kicks or revenge - so any self respecting pilot should not pay any heed to these words.....and why don't you own up and put a proper name to yourself instead of hiding behind stupid call signs.