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Student REVIEW / American Aviation Academy / El cajon / San diego / CAlifornia / USA

Old 13th May 2014, 19:29
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i joined American Aviation Academy in May 2013 and now its May 2014 in this year i had the most difficult time as these guys are just interested in billing you maximum hours and there are no morals and ethics here,, its not worth joining here,, its a waste of time and money,, till now plenty of students have transferred to other schools as the cfi are all kids in their early 20's and the Chief CFI himself is 28 or 29 its basically run by a bunch of kids in the most unprofessional manner ,,, i really wonder how the FAA has approved them .
but when you call them they market the courses saying you can do your private pilot in 40hours etc.. horrible student service.. its an organised CON BUSINESS
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Old 12th Jun 2014, 19:05
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Response to an unwarranted and malicious attack

Sometimes a customer will say and write comments in the heat of the moment when he is either angry or upset with a situation or a person. Generally, disparaging remarks (of which we have very few about our flight school) would be ignored, but occasionally, some comments require a response.
Your time at this school has not been one year – Our school attendance records indicate that you have been absent from the school for at least 12 weeks. On one of the occasions you left to go and bring your children with you to the US, and we assisted you in that process as well by providing the necessary immigration documents.
During the period in which you have been here, you have amassed over 100 hours without achieving a license, and at no stage until now have you complained – one wonders why you stayed with the school for so long considering you believe it to be a ‘CON BUSINESS’? Point in Fact, you just departed the school again and asked for new visa documents to allow you to return in September. Shortly after you were issued new paperwork you sent the company an email request to change, yet again, the re-entry date to June of this year. Perhaps your own judgment should be questioned – it’s not like you are a ‘child’! Incidentally, you were never offered a Private pilot license in 40 hours – you might want to check your correspondence!
Our staff, although young, are excellent, mainly well-experienced aviators with an average of 1000-1500 flight hours. Our Chief CFI was appointed based on his knowledge, skills and experience in aviation, something which I suspect that you are lacking and in no position to judge. Perhaps you find difficulty in receiving constructive criticism from someone younger than yourself! Unlike you, we do not adhere to ageism principles, suggesting that only the ‘well-seasoned’ instructors should be capable of holding a Chief Instructor position. As a flight school we seek staff who are well-qualified for positions rather than appointing roles on the basis of preferential treatment and discrimination.
We are regularly supervised by the FAA FSDO and anyone is welcome to make contact with them regarding our status. We have nothing to hide.
We wish you every success in your future flying career.
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Old 12th Jun 2014, 20:42
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I decided to rejoin American Aviation Academy because I have spent so much of time and effort here... i wanted to atleast finish my ppl and then shift to another school perhaps. .. classic example of AAA childish behaviour is you have just demonstrated by cancelling my i20 after reading a little criticism in PPRUNE. If this is how you abandon a foreigner who has trusted you and travelled far far away... that clearly shows the care you have for students.

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Old 18th Jun 2014, 15:28
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Highly Recommend this School!

I went to AAA in September 2013 to do my EASA PPL. As I did the theoretic part in the UK, I managed to complete the course within 5 weeks and even had a week left to build some hours. The staff were all very kind and professional, did their best to make me succeed within the 6 weeks I had freed up for the course. The region is beautiful and I am going back to the school for some more hour building this summer!
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Old 25th Jun 2014, 12:49
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Can anyone give me current info on this academy. Instructors experience, timelines ( they indicate 8 months from zero to CPL), aircraft maintenance Thanks
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Old 30th Jul 2014, 14:35
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I can't say much about the current setup but in 1998 I did my PPL in 4 weeks on the Katana DV-20. The instruction was excellent. Andy Burr and Chris Watson were alright in my book, even if they were investigated by the INS for 'creative' visa book-keeping!

What a great school, great location & great birds!

Kumaranps - you sound very bitter. You may just have to accept that some people are just not cut out for flying.
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Old 31st Jul 2014, 02:45
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I have been at AAA just over 1 year now and have nearly completed my CPL-ME (starting from 0hrs) I new the student in this post (kumaranps) who is 'complaining' a whole bunch. I have to say this guy was doing anything but study hard and training well at this academy. Whenever i saw him he was always busy with some other business apart from flying or trying to buy and sell cars on craigslist, he was certainly not committed to passing his exams.

As for the remarks about the instructors. The CFI's here on the whole are very good. They may be young, but they have a whole lot of experience on getting you through the part 141 stage checks and ultimately your check ride. Like anything in life, you get out what you put in. If you do not study and have no commitment to achieving your licenses then yes it will take you forever (like ''kumaranps'')

All the aircraft are kept to good maintenance standards and if faulty, they are immediately fixed, tested and then put back online for flights. All the staff here excluding CFI's are so helpful and whatever problem you have, even if it's not their concern will help you the best they can.

Honestly i would recommend AAA to any student wanting either their FAA licenses or EASA. The HONEST turn around time for the license is around 4-5 weeks for EASA PPL & from 0 hours to ME-CPL is around 8-9 months, these are actual times my friends have taken to complete the courses. Yet again these times can be shortened or lengthened depending on your commitment.
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Old 5th Aug 2014, 12:26
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I would like to echo what most of the other replies have said about AAA. It is an excellent school, with great instructors who work hard to get you through your course.

I went to AAA in October last year to do my EASA PPL. I had six weeks to do it and completed it in five, thanks in large part to my instructor who went above and beyond to make sure I got the training I needed to pass. While I was over there I met plenty of others who had had the same great experience, going out to CA and coming back four/five/six weeks later with their licence.

Everyone I dealt with at the school was not only professional but also friendly, and hugely encouraging. I will be going back to build hours some time next year, I hope.

If you are considering AAA I would highly recommend it. As many have said, learning to fly and passing your licence(s) is as much down to you as it is down to your school, but if you go with the right attitude (i.e. wanting to pass your exams, and willing to put in the hours) then you will have a great time there.
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Old 13th Feb 2017, 03:13
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Most of the student are getting problem in this school.Just EASA part is really cool because they are really professional and they just focus their training and job.
It is possible to finish really fast your PPL in EASA part.
If you go FAA thats the big problem ..Sometimes people finishing their PPL between 9_12 months.You can wait for checkride more than 6 months,in this time you have to fly to be fresh,,, thats why your hours is increasing and your money melting..

School is really unprofessional.Chief instructor is like a kid.If he doesn't like you he never helps you and thats mean you cannot get checkride date..
Guys i am writing this today because i heard another accident from the school.1 girl death 2 injured.

6 months ago another accident and 1 guy death.It is hard for foreigner because your family is coming and getting your death body but school just think their ass..

Instructors are just thinking make more hours with you,,,for that reason they trying to fly with you as much as possible .

Before choose the school get information from school students,
i can not advise this school because i have to be fair ,,

I really like workers in the school they are nice people but school is so cheap
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Old 28th Sep 2017, 01:08
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1. where students give the ATPL written exams please?

2. bristol database will help with that?
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