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I may be wrong and please tell me if i am but from what i've seen on airline recruitment websites etc they either want pilots with thousands of hours of experience or some have a few places for low hours pilots (200hrs). What would be the advantage to having the 100 hours training if they will accept you with 200 non-jet hours. Plus they will pay you to fly for them- not you paying them for experience. If i'v missed the point please feel free to say....
SFC have an excellent sucess rate which speaks volumes, dont just think of the astreaus deal. Students and instructors from the last few years now flying for : Easyjet / Ryanair / BACX / Air Asia / First Chioce / Air Atlanta / Flyjet / Wizzair / Aer Arann / Jet2 / Excel / flyglobespan / and quite a few in excellent instructing roles or involved in corporate bizz jet jobs. They can boast all the same names as the likes of OATS or whoever but dont. I am sure there is many more with other airlines but the above represent what I know of people from my time there.
There's more to SFC than Astreus. Last time I was there I spoke to one of the instructors about his views of the Astreus T/R. He suggested that I would be better off getting a T/R through a Ryanair approved centre and getting a job through them? And only to use Astreus as a 'last choice'. I don't really know much about the Ryanair T/R, what does anyone else think?
You have to go through CAE or SAS to do the TR - not easy to gain a place, but if you do your MCC through Parc (who SFC use) and impress then you may find yourself on the fast track to shelling out £17k plus!
Off track a little, but if you did a 73 type rating outwith the Ryanair approved providers and applied to Ryan, would they knock you back completely or will their web application not allow you to apply? Just wondering, as the through put from the approved providers is not keeping up with demand AFAIK.
starting a stapleford myself this year. Went many of the half decent mod course providers to look round, quite simply SFC was the best and cheapest I saw. The diamond twin planes for the ir are a massive draw, and far outstrip anything the integrated students will use at OAT or cabair.
The reputation of SFC is growing and growing, I challenge anybody to find a bad comment about them on this web site.
What if any are the disadvantages of doing your training on an a/c with a glass cockpit. Could you still fly say seneca a/c under IFR conditions without the need for further ratings. Also the training is done on the diamond aircraft is the simulator which they use type specific, or is it conventional dials and gauges.
Believe me, once you get in the DIamond you will not want to go near the Seneca again. though if you want to, I see no reason why you can't do the IR in the Senecas - though you might piss the IR instructors off........
Re the sim. They don't mess about down there. Since last month they have installed a brand new Diamond sim which replicates the real thing perfectly.
Hi Just noticed in my Stapleford brochure that the modular Multi rating is in the Seneca and the Multi IR is completed in the Diamond. Does this make any sense to anyone? If I'm paying for 6 hours in a twin I don't see the sense in doing it in a different aircraft than the one I'll fly for IR training.
You can't get your MER in the Diamond as its too straight forward to fly basically. It only has one set of power levers and basically is quite forgiving in an engine out situation. It is for that reason you do the MER is the Seneca.
I'm reading a lot about Stappleford. Ok training seems ok...what about accommodation? My choices were, CABAIR, then it wen to PAT at Bournemouth, now it's Stappledord. Is there a bad comment around about stappledord? I still need information about accommodation. London is expensive ...
Stapleford is actually in Essex but close to London, Ongar is the nearby town which isn't too lively..
Regarding the Diamond the only downfall Ive found is that I can't do the entire IR skills test in it, apparently the partial panel part of the test has to be done in the Senaca due to the turn slip/ball indicator not being available in the glass cockpit. This maybe able to be done in the Senaca sim..still waiting for feed back from them....