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Has anyone got any recent experiences studying full time for the ATPL exams?
I had my head set with BristolGS distance learning, but it seems like it will be easier for me to attend a full time course and have it done within 6 months over the winter.
I'm leaning towards Flying Time Aviation at the minute but I've heard good things about BCFT also. I'm hoping that I can't really go wrong with either! But if any of you could put a more intelligent argument into the equation other than the price that would be great!!!
Have you started with Flying Time Aviation I'm trying to make up my mind between Oxford, Flying Time Aviation and ProPilot and I have really struggled to get feedback from any students who may have completed training with any of these guys.
@JetBlue786 I haven't started with any yet. I would love to be started by September. I didn't even think of Oxford! Had a look into them, they do seem to be a good £500 more expensive than Flying Time. But I suppose that shouldn't be the deciding factor!
@flystrathclyde Thanks for your suggestion! I have emailed them for some information!
I'm currently on the AST residential ATPL ground school and would recommend it. Good experienced lectures on hand and for the AGK side of things it's excellent with engineering training on site you have access to their hanger with various aircraft, systems and components giving young greater overall knowledge. AST use pro pilot's pad pilot notes which are pretty good.
I have also heard good things about pro pilots ground school in Coverntry so don't think you would go wrong with them either. Don't have any experience with the other schools.
I know somebody who went to both BGS and BCFT. He did half of the subjects with Bristol and half at BCFT because something popped up and it would be better for him to learn at home, hence the switch. He got much better scores in the subjects he did with BGS and preferred Bristol instructors. I asked for his opinion on BCFT and he said they were really good and instructors are great but did prefer BGS.
I saw on their website that ProPilot are running a full time course starting in October 2012 - would this work out with your September start ?
Surprised to hear that AST are using the ProPilot ipad system - I thought each FTO had to produce their own ?
I know ProPilot have access to aircraft on the ramp just outside their back door, because I went rubber-necking the place on an open day there and we had a look in the Atlantic 737 (the one that flies the racing nags round, so it did smell of hay and horse-poo).
There is also London Met Uni, but they start in late August and January only. Couse is very reasonably priced, but the cost of staying in London for 6 months will be very steep.
Look on Standards Doc 31 on the CAA website for a list of all the groundschool FTOs.
FTOs can use any "approved" training material. This material forms part of the approval process.
Several of the ground school providers supply/sell their material to other FTOs, mainly overseas. It is a BIG source of revenue and I suspect without it, 1. the cost of course to in house students would be much larger and 2. some of them might be financially struggling.
If you have not already, I should go and pay a visit to any of your potential schools, inspect their classrooms, notes (not quite so critical for full time), talk to other students and generally get a feel for the place.
When I did a full-time course many years ago at ATA Coventry this was near my home and therefore no accommodation costs, something you need to factor in.
If the time period is the only factor swaying you towards residential, be aware that with hard work and determination you can complete the exams in less than or equal time via distance learning, and it will be cheaper.
If there are other reasons or heart is set on residential, I used to hear good things about LMU, but recently heard not so good things. I have also heard good reports on BCFT.
I do not believe you can complete distance learning faster than the residential! The majority I know spent at least and average 12 - 15 months on the distance learning, and that was hard work.
I did mine at London Met, it took exactly 6 months to pass them all, it is better residential if you can afford the time, the cost is not that much more, in addition the learning objectives do get explained quite good, instead waiting for email reply to solve your problems.
Sure there are some that have completed their 14 distance learning exams within 6 months, but for sure that would not have been me.
Now that Air Service Training are offering Distance Learning from Perth Airport, I understand they are also offering the benefit of support including the residential classes. I do not have all the information (and/or limitations).