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Old 6th Jan 2006, 11:02
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Hi people...!

I'm thinking of doing my flight training in FLORIDA.

I'd like to make it to a commerical pilot's license (CPL) with multi-engine (MER) and instrument ratings (IR).

Any SPECIFIC flight training INSTITUTES you could recommend?

What about accomodation?

I got a budget of about $30,000...

I'm an Indian student looking to bag about 200 hours.

Thanks...
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Old 7th Jan 2006, 10:27
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Re: Training in Florida?

Just remember, you get what you pay for. Some of the aircraft at the cheaper schools are just simply sh1t heaps. I was disgusted by the state of some of the aircraft in FL and was seriously concerned about their safety. So as Cilla would say, a lorra lorra dogs !
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Old 7th Jan 2006, 19:29
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Re: Training in Florida?

Have you got a PPL? Or are you starting from scratch?
Here is a breakdown of costs from Naples Air Center:

JAA PPL-$5750
MER-$2313
JAA ME CPL-$6965
CPL Flight exam fee-$1172
FAA IR- $5805
JAA IR Conversion-$7900
TOTAL- $29905

I hope this is of some help to you!

*I dont work for NAC nor have i, i got prices and info from www.naples-air-center.com*
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Old 7th Jan 2006, 21:08
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Re: Training in Florida?

I could not agree more with happyhamster.....

I worked for a school in Southern Florida, and some of those aircrafts where really crappy and have scared me more than once! One day I discovered oil floating in the RPM gauge, taxied back to the school and told them....... they told me that it was not dangerous and it had been like that for a while (about 7 years!!!)..... they even joked about it, saying it would be an backup attitude indicator!!!!

So be carefull!! I have heard good things about Naples!!

Best of luck!!
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Old 8th Jan 2006, 09:51
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Re: Training in Florida?

Checkout www.flyaviator.com
I went there and it was a good school, all multi engine flying for the same price as most other schools single engine. They also have a purpose built 200hr program, which is what I did.
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Old 8th Jan 2006, 16:54
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Re: Training in Florida?

First of all, make sure that you can get a Class One medical. Whilst you may be able to get an FAA one, be sure that you will pass the Indian one! No point in spending all your money if you are medically inapt!
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Old 8th Jan 2006, 19:54
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Re: Training in Florida?

I went to EFT in Fort Pierce Florida. JAR school with great instuctors.....def worth a look!!
www.flyeft.com
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Old 11th Jan 2006, 17:35
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Training in the USA (incl Florida!)

Thanks for this SHARPPOINT,

Can you PM more details about the condo accomodation, how do i organise it? do you do it when your there or have to book in advance? This was one thing concerning me, going out there for 10 weeks or so i dont want to stay in a flea pit!

Also was naples the only school you trained at in the US or were there others to attended?If so what were your thoughts compared to NAC?

Thanks
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Old 11th Jan 2006, 17:47
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Re: Naples Air center...comments please

Start of April i hope for 10 weeks or so.

Want to get all my PPL exams done before i go so i can enjoy my flying!

What about you?
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Old 11th Jan 2006, 18:27
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Re: Naples Air center...comments please

The accom does seem expensive! Even the wellesley hotel (motel) is rated just about the worst hotel in Naples on Tripadvisor.com (out of 54 hotels)

I would be interested to find out more about the condo's.

Can anyone help?
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Old 11th Jan 2006, 18:33
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Re: Naples Air center...comments please

Try http://www.forrent.com there seems to be some cheap places on that! If you share with 3 people u can get an apartment for about $350p/m each or even less. Or even try some of those roommates websites with people looking for people to rent a room off them.Hope this helps...
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Old 11th Jan 2006, 22:11
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Question Re: Naples Air center...comments please

Thanks this is all really helpful!

Its not making my decision any easier though, has anyone else been to NAC and another US schools that they can compare. East or West Coast.

Does anyone know what any of the the west coast schools are like?
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Old 11th Jan 2006, 22:25
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Re: Training in Florida?

What training did you do at EFT?

How did you find them?
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Old 12th Jan 2006, 13:30
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Re: Naples Air center...comments please

I have been to both east and west coast. I did my PPl at Naples, with London Avaition, through Multiflight in Leeds. the aircraft were okay, all had two working Comms and GPS as well. I did my CPL and ME in Fort Pierce with EFT http://www.flyeft.com Again the aircraft were clean tidy and servicable, accom was $25 per night and that was at either student housing or the holiday trailer park they used, which was very nice. All the aircraft worked and were kept to a high standard. have a look at them and give them a call, their instructors are european's, mainly english and I found the instruction second to none.
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Old 12th Jan 2006, 18:04
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Re: Naples Air center...comments please

Frank,

Thanks for this, have you done any of your training in California at any schools. I wanted to do my PPL and 100 or so hours in one go, in about 10 weeks but i hear hours building in Florida is really dull compared to California.

But EFT sounds like a really good place, i heard nothing but praise so far from a number of people.



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Once i have my JAA PPL I thought i only needed a FAA flight check to hours build in the US is that correct?
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Old 12th Jan 2006, 19:32
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Re: Naples Air center...comments please

Sorry V2, but I did all my USA flying in Florida.
EFT have several cessna's, One Piper Arrow, and several Beech Duchess's.
I do have some photo's of the flight line and a few interiors of the duchess's, email me if you want to see them.
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Old 12th Jan 2006, 19:54
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Re: Naples Air center...comments please

Has anyone had any experiences with JAA flight schools in California?

Thanks
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Old 12th Jan 2006, 23:06
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Re: Naples Air center...comments please

Thanks DB,

This has been really helpful!

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Old 14th Jan 2006, 10:46
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Re: Training in Florida?

Thanks loads everyone...

I'll definitely check out the places you have recommened and I'll try to keep away from the flying-junk type aircrafts...

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Old 14th Jan 2006, 13:24
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Re: Naples Air center...comments please

U find those pics yet 1960?
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