The FTD's are Level 3 so approaches and training time can be logged. To some people that is a turn off and to others it's a benefit of training. You have to decide for yourself. Personally, I wish one of them had both the 200 Hours of ME flight time and the FTD time!
I personally think you guys are micromanging your training to much. Pick a program that works for you. What ever time table or plans you cook up add a great amount of flexiblity.
When I first started I thought "18 months and I'll have a certain 121 job" 4 years later and I'm saying still saying "right rudder on rotation".........
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What ever time table or plans you cook up add a great amount of flexiblity.
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You are the 2nd person that has said that to me. The first was the VA woman at FSA. She said "I know the school says 6 months but there are so many things in life you can't control. You have to build flexibility into your plans."
Personally, I think it would be great to have a job that requires me to so "right rudder on rotation." Of course, I have trouble with R's and W's so maybe that isn't a good thing!
I visited Ari-Ben, ATP(Stuart) , and DCA last week and ATP gave me the best impression. DCA was full of $%$# and there was something about Ari-Ben that I didn't like. Don't get me wrong Ari-Ben shot it to me straight and didn't BS. However, there was something about the place that didn't sit right with me. Go down and check it out and decide for yourself.
I haven't visited DCA but I have visited Ari Ben. As far as Ari Ben Aviator's airplanes go they are old. However, it appears they do a reasonable job keeping them in good working condition. They are not fancy ie. no GPS. The planes do have HSI and DME and at least some, maybe all, have weather radar. As far as the instruction goes it is looks just as good as any other comparable flight school. The instruction is one on one and they will work with you as long as you keep doing your part with the studying. The building is not new but looks ok and has enough space for their operation. It appears they spend money on the important stuff, keeping up the airplanes. That keeps the overhead low and that savings is pasted on to the students. It appears the Aviator is about $8,000 cheaper then ATP. I would suggest you go down and check it out for yourself. Call and let them know when you want to visit and tell them you would like to ride in the back seat for a training flight. That was when I really got to talk to current students, which is a major plus in gaining info on a flight school.