is there any best flying school in the Philippines?
or rather to say...
which flying school in the philippines have a good safety record?!
in reality, our aviation industry in philippines is already in bad state situation..
due to safety issues...
who are responsible for this?!
minded persons didn't think the "safety" of others and they don't care those person who works to maintain the aircraft airworthy and "safe" to fly..
those type of persons looks like "face-money"
we can help each other to regain our industry again in a good state specially in "safety".
sharing good information, experience and knowledge will be a good start to regain our good reputation in aviation safety and prevent incidents/accidents, and learn from the mistakes happened in our industry....
what are the good advices to earn time hours legally and choose a school to start a career in flight and options to do this thing?!
there is only 2 options to do that!
#1 option: if you have lots of money, buy a own aircraft!
Cessna 152 is range between 1.5M to 2M depending on the condition
[this include total time(flight cycle) and maintenance history]
and also prepare for the following:
a. Certificate of airworthiness of CAAP
b. parking fee[depends on the weight of the aircraft]
c. take-off and landing fee
d. parts/component will be needed to the aircraft during maintenance period.
e. fee for repairs/maintenance for the aircraft.
f. gasoline will be used in aircraft [Avgas/Mogas]
then study a PPL and CPL ground in a certified flying school then hire a FI
to fly with our own aircraft and pay him a right price and once you have your rating to your own aircraft. then fly all the time to have a flight hours experience.
who will maintain your privately owned aircraft?
just go to the CAAP authorized repair station and they will fix/maintain your aircraft.
option #1 is a very expensive idea but if you think it is a "investment"
go for it...and you feel the own "safety"
choose a flying school has a good safety record
[this includes aircraft condition (if it is already involved in accident or experienced already a hard landing) and maintenance history(this includes engine overhaul, airframe flight cycle, or any alteration and modification to the aircraft), and GI and FI will trained you (background check)
[this include the owner of the school and how the school runs and how the school treat their employees and students and facilities if it is standard or substandard]
and the environment of the school!
[if those students are studying has a good attitude or bad attitude and the GI/FI is capable enough to do responsibilities specially in safety and how he/she handles the student]
to avoid hokus pokus [fly-by-night]
every students wants to fly in a cheaper price or exact price.
and each of every flying schools offers a cheap and quite high price!
ok! if the price is right! and it is very reasonable..then go for it..
if i'm not mistaken a single engine aircraft[cessna] ranges P6500 to P9000/HR
depending on the size, and technology[if it is conventional cockpit or glass cockpit]
what are the factors that you must know why the price is high or cheap?!
a. if the flying school is certified and licensed by CAAP and TESDA
b. know the aircraft history, if it is brand new, second hand or aged aircraft
c. the person who operated/maintained the aircraft strictly followed the operation/maintenance manual
d. what gasoline is used to the aircraft? Mo-gas or Avgas?
e. if the salary of the maintenance personnel is paid in a right price or not? and work his/her responsibilities to maintain the aircraft airworthy or not?!
f. if the salary of the GI/FI is paid for a right price or not?!
if he/she doing the responsibilities and safety of the student or just earning his/her flight time experience without taking care of students?
g. what are the books/materials will be used? latest? updated? or obsolete?
much better if you inquire to a certain flying school, you must check and visit their facilities and aircraft.
talk not only to the GI or FI, but also talk with the Maintenance Personnel
check the aircraft from inside to outside...
and look for some damage, corrosion and screws if it is the same or different sizes specially in the engine cowling!!
why? many of students don't know if the engine cowling of Cessna or other types of aircraft are "properly secured"
is Cessna, there is a clipnut inside the cowling to insert the screw..
so if you see the screws in the cowling are sames sizes...
it is properly secured and if it is not and you seen different sizes..
about the process of license....much better to process your own license..
why? some face-money people will take-advantage you...
hope this info will help all of us here...