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Old 6th Dec 2018, 09:26
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Japanese looking for flight school in BC

Hey guys.
So I have been researching between Australia, Canada and USA and I figured Canada had the cheapest cost of all with some opportunity to work during or after training.
I was looking into BC area and came up with these two schools.

1)The Professional Flight Centre in Boundary Bay Airport ---Program looks good but thinking about transportation cost, living cost and accommodation... yikes...
2)Langley Flying School in Langley Regional Airport.---apparently looking at different threads, the previous owner of the school was better than the current one?

I should be visiting these schools and get the feel before I commit but with cost of traveling to Canada from Tokyo and cost of staying in Canada it is bit tough for me to do.
I was also looking into Victoria Flying School (VFC) but when I called them up, they told me it is a 5 month waiting list...
I know BC area gets quite expensive when it comes to living but I think found some decent place.

Japanese but I'm more comfortable speaking in English (despite the fact that my grammar sucks) and I was in American school in Tokyo since 1st grade all the way to high school and graduated university from usa with aerospace engineering...
Thinking of starting my training from end of January - beginning of February.

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Old 9th Dec 2018, 12:06
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Hi,

I have done most of my flying out of Boundry Bay airport and worked with most of the schools there.

DO NOT choose professional Flight Center! The owner is on par with a used car salesman. He is in the business of making money. Period. They will try to get every cent out of you by having you fly as much as they can even when it is not necessary. Once you are there flying, they don't care about you at all. Pure money grab. STAY AWAY!

At Boundary Bay I would recommend Pacific Flying Club or Canadian Flight Center. Pacific Flying Club is a non profit organization, so they are not trying to milk you for every dollar.

My number one recommendation is Pitt Meadows. Try one of the small schools there. The owners actually care about providing quality flight instruction. The airport is closer to the practice are which means shorter flight times which saves you money. The cost of living in Pitt Meadows is also much cheaper.

I live in Osaka and did all of my flight training in Canada. Feel free to drop me a line anytime to ask any questions.
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Hey Takira101!
Man, thank you so much for your input. I actually did read somewhere that professional Flight center's owner was like a car salesman or sth... it was definitely from the thread here...

I decided to go with Langley Flying School in Langley simply their website seemed to have lot of info (checked thoroughly through their website and read some reviews) and simply cheaper than Boundary Bay Airport area flight school...

Did hear about Pitt Meadows but did not look into it too much....

Are you working in the airlines now?
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 15:40
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Glad you hear that you could make a decision.
Yes, Langley is another one I should have mentioned.
The location is great because it right near the practice area which will save you a good 20 minutes on each flight. That will add up to hundreds of dollars over the course of your training. The cost of living will be more reasonable as well. I actually did my ppl written exam there. Not sure about the quality of their operation. Maybe you can let me know once you start flying there.

I never went the airline route.
I did my ppl and cpl back in 2006 and then ended up getting into aircraft design at Mitsubishi Aircraft. I usually do 1 nice cross country flight every year as a private pilot. Flew from Vanacouver to New York in a 172 in 2016. Good times. I have recently decided to go back to Canada next year to do an instructor rating.

So are you planning to do your ppl and cpl?

Send me a message on Line if you want to talk shop.
It looks like we will be flying in the same area next year.
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Regrettably, I did all my initial flying-training in the lower mainland area of Vancouver in the early 1970's. Plenty of below-VFR weather cancellations. On occasion I actually drove from Pitt Meadows (CYPK) to Langley (CYNJ) just to do circuits (touch and go's) because the weather was a bit better at Langley. Pitt Meadows Control Tower wouldn't authorize Special VFR (SVFR) circuits at the time. Due to ceiling heights, it took a long time to get my Night Rating.

Calgary/Springbank and Lethbridge Alberta have year-round affordable flying training. One of the sunniest areas of Canada. The Province of Alberta does not have a Provincial Sales Tax (PST).

Lethbridge has a Japanese Gardens too! Lethbridge also has three Japanese restaurants.

https://www.nikkayuko.com/
http://flywithexcel.com/

https://www.springbankair.com/
http://www.calgaryflyingclub.com/

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Hey Takira101, thanks again for another information.
That is really great to hear. I guess I can keep you updated on what the flight school look like.

Oh I see I see.
Yes, planning on doing PPL, CPL, Multi-Engine, IFR, and instructor rating.

Just sent you line message.
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Old 10th Dec 2018, 02:07
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Hey evansb

Oh.... I see. Also thank you for suggesting flight school in Calgary/Springbank and Lethbridge Alberta but I might stick with Langley now.

But now that you said about Japanese Gardens and restaurants in Lethbridge, I am so tempted now....
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