Does anyone have any recommendations for aircraft rentals in the Bay Area? I'm looking to get checked out in a plane. The following would be best: 1) Newer Airplanes; 2) Minimal Checkout Times.
People who say that generally aren't talking about TPA, though I've had that misunderstanding before.Just for clarification, the San Francisco Bay Area?
Thats sounds pretty awesome, but LVK is quite a drive from here. Maybe the drive could be worth it for a Waco checkout someday.I do NOT recommend WVFC. They have insane checkout rules and if you are interested in flying aerobatics the stipulations they put on their Extra 300 is just ridiculous.
I have been flying, and still fly at Attitude Aviation in Livermore. Check them out at attitudeaviation.com. They have everything you need, good prices and Hangar some of the only aircraft in the country you can checkout and rent solo, that includes two Marchetti SF260's, T-6, Pitts S2c, Great Lakes, and a Waco. Of course they have the normal flavors of aircraft as well.
Which type of aircraft are you looking to fly?
You can probably narrow the area down a little bit. There are plenty of places to fly in the Bay Area. If you are looking at San Carlos or Palo Alto, I would recommend:
All new airplanes (within the past 7 years) with a nice mix of 172sp's, G-1000 equipped 172's, a 182, Diamond Star, and I believe a few Cirrus's. Well maintained fleet. The owner (UJ) is a great guy. If you are current with the FAA, you are current with them (after the original simple checkout).
Places that I would not fly at:
Bel Air at SQL. The owner is like a used car salesman. Very pushy and I never felt like I could trust him. I have heard all kinds of stories about people getting ripped off by this guy. Ask ANY flight school in the area and they have students who started off at Bel Air and eventually switched to their school. That should tell you something.
If you are trying to decide between some specific schools, just let us know and we can try and help you out.