Professional Pilot Training (includes ground studies)A forum for those on the steep path to that coveted professional licence. Whether studying for the written exams, training for the flight tests or building experience here's where you can hang out.
m0r00, having studied at both FA and DSA, I'd say they are incomparable. DSA delivers what it promises, while FA is totally disorganised. A friend of mine just recently caught FA invoicing him a few hundred euros for the simulator training he never received. Also, if you are planning to take the theory at the same place, FA's textbooks are a total crap - this is something they compiled themselves, with numerous gross errors.
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m0r00, it depends on what you are expecting from the location. The aerodrome itself is excellent - it's a former air force base with a 2400 m runway. At present, there is no passenger or cargo traffic whatsoever, the only users are two flight schools (which also offer air taxi services), TL Ultralight aircraft factory, and private aircraft. Hradec Kralove is a city of approximately 100,000 people with everything you can expect from a European city of this size (see the site here). Prague is 1.5 hours away by bus (3-4 euros each way). Speaking of the duration of training, I'd say it mostly depends on your own capabilities - if you move to Hradec Kralove and have all the time, money and motivation you need, you may be able to complete it faster, but you'll have to make the right effort.
Last edited by Ultranomad; 29th Dec 2012 at 13:20.
hey guys, believe it or not this is my first forum account and first forum post, so sorry beforehand if I mess up. I just contacted FA earlier today and had a nice impression somehow. But I'd really love to 'actually talk' to a current or former student and have a detailed conversation about the school, aircrafts, etc. have a nice day
Hello PerformanceAviator, not sure if you already found your flight school, but Flying Academy is not a place to go. Their fleet consists of old (crappy) Cessnas, they have mechanical problems frequently. The school itself is a joke! You will experience many restrictions on the student but none on the school officials. If you book a flight and you arrive late, you will be charged a fee of 1000,-CZK, but if you arrive on time and you won´t be able to fly because of airplanes problem, you will not get any discounts. Just a "sorry", the plane has to go to service...there is so much more I can tell you. I finished there the PPL and thanks God I have not signed the 0-ATPL contract with them. My advise if you still want to go there is: never sign 0-ATPL contract!!! Just sign separate contracts for each training, ie PPL, IR, MEP, CPL, ATPL theory and Time building, which btw you can do in the USA much cheaper.... In Czech you can contact Blue Sky Service, F-Air, Bemo Air, Fly for Fun (these are in Brno and Prague) and DSA in Hradec Kralove. All of them will be much more reliable than Flying Academy.... It is so funny, they have the best website so they make you believe, but their service is the worst one!
I've done my MEP on their aircraft with their instructor (but different school). Not a great experience, but I was really happy with it - instructor a great guy with superb attitude and very good MEP powerpoint presentation + additional materials (I would assume they have a similar level for SEP as well). We had problems with the aircraft, but even though the training was conducted a 1000+km from their base, everything was handled very quickly (e.g. the engine needed to be changed, next afternoon after the night drive their mechanics were in the aerodrome changing it already). Good attitudes!
Flying Academy is not a place to go. Starting with their fleet (old crap with many mechanical problems), school runs on restrictions, restrictions, restricitions and money, money, money is what they are after. They have no clue what a good customer service stands for. I finished there the PPL and thanks God I have not signed the 0-ATPL contract with them. Now they have a product 0-500 hours, they are promising you job as a flight instructor, but there is always a catch with these people. They want to look like an "international" school, but they sit on their bottoms in Brno and Prague, the school consists of only few employees, all the other are independent contractors, although they look like employees. Definitely, I would not and could not recommend them to anyone who wants to be a CPL/ATPL. For PPL I think it is very short, so you can take it (to put up with crap). If you want to avoid problems with Czech CAA stay away from Flying Academy and rather contact Blue Sky Service, F-Air, Bemo Air, Fly for Fun (these are in Brno and Prague) and DSA in Hradec Kralove. All of them will be much more reliable than Flying Academy....
I spoke to them about 2 weeks ago. I am trying to research where to get my EASA CPL/ME/IR conversion from FAA.
They will not accept me as a student because i did not do my ATPLs with them. I would have to do them all over again so that i can go at their school. That is just a policy, there is no such regulation. Well it is their loss and my gain. I dont want to give my hard earned cash to people who have no idea how to run a business.
Johnny Bekkestad, I am really sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with the information we provided you. As you unfortunately did not provide any further details (e.g. who you spoke to, the exact date, etc.) I can neither confirm nor deny that this conversation took place. All I can tell you is that the statement
"They will not accept me as a student because i did not do my ATPLs with them. I would have to do them all over again so that i can go at their school. That is just a policy, there is no such regulation." is simply wrong. According to Part-FCL ANNEXIII there are different options and ways to validate and convert licenses issued by what is called a third country (the US, in your case). Furthermore I can tell you that EASA's AMC (Acceptable Means of Compliance) has recently published a whole new rating option for people in your position. You might want to read about the "Competency Based IR" in AMC1 FCL.615(b). If you are seriously interested in converting/validating your FAA license I would appreciate it, if you could get in touch with me, so I could provide you with some valid data suitable for your case. With kind regards, Natascha Muench (Training Manager, Flying Academy)
I actually tried twice since the first time i thought that this cannot be right so i disconnected and tried again and spoke to a different person. Both said the same thing. I was not going to be able to join. One person on the chat was a woman and one person was a man.