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Did my PPL with them back in days of yore, and enjoyed it. Went back there to do IMC and ME, which was also very enjoyable.
I presume it's still owned and operated by the same chaps (George & Jatin, helped by Margeret and Eric Shipley, the previous owners), who also instruct. Both of them are very good instructors, from whom I learned a great deal about flying (especially multi-engine). The instructors have probably changed a bit, but rest assured that G&J have pretty high standards.
The other nice thing about BFC is the accomodation- either a shared or single room in a large house, lakefront view, nice garden, swimming pool, BBQ... or similar accomodation in a smaller house.
The other thing I will say is that Florida is a great place to fly, with plenty of interesting places to fly to for lunch!
Did Hire a PA28 from them to do some hour biulding / sight seeing 2 years ago.
Can confirm: Now run by George and Jutin, both nice chaps! Generally good a/c but you should be stern about getting techs fixed if you hire. Good accommadation. Good Location. Good Rates. Did hear that someone 'stacked' their Aztec into an orange grove a year ago (Doh!) While I was there, they had a couple of european (Swedish?)
'Kids' how both looked about 12yrs old there doing IMC instructing!?! but I don't think they lasted long as they couldn't speak much English.
No poolside accomodation anymore. Owned by Eric and it was decided to let it go as it was costing quite a lot in rental from them. Accom is now the apartments which are a stones throw away from the field or a local motel if those are full.
Also think that the school cars might be going as well so a rental would be best. May be an idea to link up with some other students and put in for it as you will need it to get you to the shops for food.
I think there might be more than 1 set of swedes as the ones that were there at end of 2001 weer top notch titty pullers and drinkers!! And with most Scandanavians their english was impeccable.
onehunga, Ya sounds like you may be right as to there being more than one set of 'European' instructors as the two I met didn't speak much Lingo. But I would like to advise our 'younger listeners' that spending nights out on the 'pee eye double esss' with instructors who are
"top notch titty pullers and drinkers!! " and "a lot of fun to fly (and drink) with!! :-)" is likely to be detramental to their progress as apart from the "lot of fun to fly with" bit, the rest is NOT GOOD:o Flying and Drinking, Just Say No!
Not really in stream with the thread, but I think valuable for others is the question:
By which I mean why is it usually America that people think of first when learning to fly? There are the other lower cost choices of South Africa, Australia or New Zealand. It can't all be in the fare...after all the disparity is in the order of 2-300 pounds, barely 3 hours of flying when you make it back to UK.....
So back to the question...what is the big draw to the US?
Not knocking it or anything, just wondering what's wrong with the other 3 main options?
Personally did my initial training in NZ...would not change it at all. Loved the experience, the flying (southern alps, and North Island was an interesting change)..just curious thats all....comments please