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Which ATPL Ground School?

Old 3rd Jan 2006, 15:23
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Which ATPL Ground School?

Hi everyone,


Happy new year to al!
I'm looking at schools for the ground studies, all I could find in London was London Metropolitan University offering the residential and distance learning (I have accomodation sorted in London hence this choice).

Anyone of you knows about this school or others in London and what they're worth?

I will probably start between March and June (providing Class 1 goes though ok)

Thanks for your help

JJ

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Old 8th Jan 2006, 19:16
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Re: Schools for ground studies in London?

Im currently at London Met. Great instructos, great books.
Its tough at first but once you get into the swing of things its OK!!
Send me a PM if you want anymore advise on it....
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Old 8th Feb 2006, 13:15
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Which ATPL Ground School?

I am looking to start full time ATPL ground school around August time. Can anyone recomend any schools. Ive heard Bristol is good but i want to do full time learning. Any ideas?
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Old 8th Feb 2006, 14:51
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Unfortunately, as you are most probably aware, Bristol are a distance learning only school. I don't know if they have any plans on starting a residential course but if they did and its anything like their distance learning course then I know where I would go (in hindsight and all that)...

Anyway for a residential ATPL ground school then I'm sure you can't do much better than Oxford ground school. I know a fair few people who have attended the Oxford ATPL Residential course (Modular) and they have all had happy experiences.
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Alternatively there's cabair. I've not done the groundschool (yet) but that's where I'm going to go.
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Old 8th Feb 2006, 17:51
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try www.gcns.ac.uk/aviation in Glasgow, currently there at the moment, good pass rates.
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has any one any views on CAAT in cranfield? i'm thinking of going there
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Old 8th Mar 2006, 15:33
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I did my CPL (distance) at CATS - no complaints from me.

If I was you, before committing a large chunk of time and money to a school, I would pop in and visit each of the ones you are considering. When I spoke to Stuart Smith I found his enthusiasm amazing. I also found the staff there were prepared to put in that extra bit to get everyone through.

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As far as I know (and I worked for BCFT, so was in the business).

ATA Coventry
BCFT
Cabair
Glasgow College of NS
OATS
London Met
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Originally Posted by Send Clowns
As far as I know (and I worked for BCFT, so was in the business).

ATA Coventry
BCFT
Cabair
Glasgow College of NS
OATS
London Met

And CATS


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Old 10th Mar 2006, 00:13
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Thought I might be out of date, but I think you are a bit previous! They didn't do full-time training last time I met the guys at the Flyer Exhibition. It seems they are getting that up and running, and are awaiting approval according to the website.
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I'm a student at CATS and they run in-house training for the ATPLs so although its a distance course we're in there each day being taught by instructors with the advantages that has over toiling alone at home.

This is a 9 month course - the new thing being submitted for approval is a 5 month course. Because thats more intensive and quick I understand there are extra regulations associated with it like having to sign the register each day to ensure the necessary number of training hours are accumulated.

I'm 7 papers through the course and am pretty happy - 96% average so far.

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Old 11th Mar 2006, 04:52
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the new thing being submitted for approval is a 5 month course

On that note, supposing you were fairly well up with the study, and wanted to the exams in quick succession, what would be the fastest way to do this? Through a distance course, or full time one?

What is the minimum in which the exams can be completed via a distance course (supposing you the new thing being submitted for approval is a 5 month course are up with the theory!) and which companies can you suggest to this end?
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Old 11th Mar 2006, 08:16
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I think that Bristol distance learning is only 6 months as well and they have a very good reputation. A lot of people on residential courses at other schools still pay to use the Bristol website as they have a lot of practice questions that have a high degree of relevance to what you will see in the papers.

Cabair's modular residential course is 5 months also but they have specific start dates (about 4 or 5 a year I think) whereas CATS you can start when you like as it just keeps looping around.

I'm 32 now so I wanted to do it quickly but also get good marks so I decided to go full time and move to live near Cranfield. I guess your personal circumstances would dictate the best choice for you - if you don't need to work and can physically get to an in-house school I personally think you learn more by getting face to face with instructors.

The only other thing I'd say and you probably already know - doing the ATPLs in this timescale is going to demand a lot of time every day - residential would be 9-5 then doing practice questions most nights and usually one day out of the weekend.

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Old 11th Mar 2006, 08:53
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Send Clowns - ATA Coventry closed a while ago (unfortunately); the only full-time ground school there is now Atlantic Flight Training.

I agree that with Oxford Aviation's ATPL groundschool you can't really go wrong; very good manuals, excellent feedback papers.

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Get the sunburn bonus

Or if you fancy a sunburn on top of it and relatively cheap living whilst training you could look into Naples Air Center in Florida. I know they have been slagged of on here a few times (specially for their flight department), but I'm currently a student there and have to say the ground schools is pretty good.

Their pass rate is amongst the highest and with the feedback you receive at the end the real exams come very easy.
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seeing the problems NAC are going through right now, I think going there at this time could give you more than just a sunburn.......

as for fulltime ground school, I don´t think you can go wrong with oxford,
the books are A-grade, and so is the teaching I have heard .
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London Metropolitan/Guildhall University

Jingle01,

If you are considering London Met, look up my post on the subject, which would have been under the heading of London Guildhall University.

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Cheers

I have decided on BCFT in the end. I went for a look around and was very impressed. Very friendly and bournemouth is a great town.
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Old 15th Mar 2006, 04:13
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Which ATPL Ground School?

Can anyone please point me in the direction of a good ground school / university to complete all 14 JAA ATPL exams as I'm converting my ICAO(AUS) CPL and want a frozen ATPL. I have contacted a school in WA but they only do it by distance education, and I need the class environment.

thanks ppruners
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