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Old 30th Jun 2018, 16:36
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Advise on FBO or school to get current in US

Need to get current again on my FAA certificates and planning to spend about 2 weeks in the US (I reside in Europe). I was wondering if anybody here knows about a FBO or school (in the US) where this could be done at a reasonable price or perhaps someone could recommend a nice/good place. I'm in need of a flight review and IPC (instrument proficiency check) and maybe fly a few hours multi engine. Perhaps there are some local guys here who know about a good place or can share some first hand experience, that'd be great! Any advise greatly appreciated!

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Old 1st Jul 2018, 04:40
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It's a big country, with arguably the biggest GA industry in the world. Damn near every aerodrome has flying school. What part of the US did you have in mind?
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Old 1st Jul 2018, 16:53
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Thanks for your respond! Was thinking about the East coast, North East region. Thought I just give it a random try, perhaps somebody pops up here on the forum whom had a good experience with a particular FBO (school) or could recommend one.
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Old 2nd Jul 2018, 16:44
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You'll need a new TSA authorisation to do multi-engine training.

If you're time limited, you might consider finding a school/FBO at a place with reliable weather and good aircraft availability. However costs are often lower away from the big cities.

Research a few areas using sites like Airnav, where they usually have links to the operators and feedback reports.
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Old 3rd Jul 2018, 14:52
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You'll need a new TSA authorisation to do multi-engine training.
No I do not, since I'm a US citizen! And it's not about initial training either, it's about re-currency training.
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Any reason why you wouldn’t do this in Europe with an FAA authorized instructor?
None of the training you mention requires US Airspace or a N-reg.
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Old 4th Jul 2018, 09:24
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You'll need a new TSA authorisation to do multi-engine training.
No, only if MCTOW is more than 12,500 lb. Or jet aircraft.
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Old 4th Jul 2018, 14:20
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You really need to be more specific as to where you'll be, the Northeast US still covers many flight schools/FBO's.
Yes, as a US citizen, you won't have to do a TSA security check, and as you said, for re-current training you wouldn't anyway.
A flight review and IPC can most likely be accomplished at most any FBO or school at any of dozens (or hundreds) of airports. The multi- time might would narrow it down, smaller facilities are less likely to have a twin in their fleet. I have no personal experience, but I've heard good things about Action flight school at Groton, KGON for multi training.
Though a larger airport may have more schools and aircraft, bear in mind, the busier the field, the more time you may spend taxiing and waiting in line with the (expensive) Hobbs meter ticking away.
So, what do you want to do? A small-town non-towered field might provide easy access and a friendly atmosphere, but airplane selection may be limited to a single older 172. A busy large flight school could have several options in their fleet, low-wing, high wing, new models with all glass, etc., but busier and less personal.
I'd start the search with a small radius from wherever you'll be staying (Boston, Bangor, Bronx, Baltimore??), and search out from there for the facility you want.
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Old 5th Jul 2018, 16:14
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Thanks for the feedback! As already mentioned in my previous post, I don't have any particular flight school or FBO in mind (besides perhaps getting some multi time). I'm more or less looking for people who happen to know or had good experience with a FBO/school they would recommend. Location dosen't really matter to me, would prefer the NE region though.
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Old 5th Jul 2018, 16:37
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You are correct, it is wise to travel, even far away, to find a good instructor, or school, aircraft or repair station. Used to live in NY, but went to Wichita for my AMEL, IFR and commercial. And to VGT for the ATP. It was well worth it.
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You could get your seaplane rating.
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Do it an aircam and get your AMES! It’ll only cost you about $2000
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+1

For ASES: Don Lee Alaska Floats & Skis - Float Plane Ratings & Bush Pilot Courses (best experience ever!)

For AMES: Chester Lawson Jr h2oflight.com apparently now retired, sold the G-44 Widgeon to https://www.waterwings.com/ https://sites.google.com/view/h2ofli...plane-training
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Going to Alaska would be great. I'd love to go. When is the salmon season?
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