I haven't taken out any loans for my flight training, but my college loan was through SallieMae. As that loan is now paid for I can tell you throughout the process of repaying my loan they were an excellent company to deal with. My only squawk would be they were very lax in sending new coupon books a couple of times - one never arrived and another arrived one month after the first payment in that book was due - of course regardless of this you are expected to keep making payments on time! I signed up for the online billpay and that became a nonfactor. Very easy online to check your payoff, payment history, update your address/info, etc.
If I ever had to take out a loan for flight training I'd want it to be with them. Hopefully I can avoid that, though - so far I've been successful! Good luck.
I've used Sallie Mae twice. I've never had a problem with Sallie Mae. As with Sarah, I've never been sent payment books, but I just signed up for online billpay. It makes life a lot easier. My first loan was for 21k and my payments were roughly $250 per month, the loan I just got was for 12k, and my payments are $150 per month. All my disbursements have been on time. You also have the option of paying interest only payments while you're in school.
My roommate while I was in Florida had a loan through Key. I don't know the details, but I know he never had a problem.
**flyitup, sorry to hear that you had a problem with Sallie Mae. Any idea on when you're gonna get to start flying again? We need to go up sometime!
Yep, still flying at Christiansen. I'm trying to knock the rust off of my book knowledge right now, so it's a slow process. I can only fly on the weekends with my work schedule, and the RG keeps being booked up with CFI rides, so flying it is a hard deal right now. Mike left, so I've been flying with Wilson Lee and Johnny McConkey. The two instructor thing takes some getting used to, but I think I like it. I finally got a chance to get checked out in the SP, so I try to take that around when I can.
I've been pretty put out by Christiansen’s aircrafts... With the exception of the SP, there all pieces of crap..
Last Thursday my instructor and I went over to Enrique's for a little lunch and on the way back had a complete electrical failure... I called Alisa and she called the tower for me to let them know our intentions. When we arrived at RVS they brought us in with light gun signals.. No big deal really... but I'm sick and tired of having their old aircraft break down on me all the time... Oh yes... and to add insult to injury (ok.. not really injury, but you get the idea.)
I was charged the full price for the airplane rental! That's crappy if you ask me because we, of course, were unable to have an instructional flight in an airplane that didn't have electric power...
Oh well... If I didn't have money tied up at Christiansen I would probably find a new FBO.
hahaha.... yeah, I heard the other day from another RVS pilot, that from now on when we file out of RVS in Christiansen's planes, they have a specific clearance for us. It'll go like this: 6105V, you're cleared to XXX as filed, climb and maintain 4,000, Squawk 7600, will clear traffic for immediate return after comm failure.
Electrical failures are fun huh? I had one on my very first IFR X/C, in IMC nonetheless.
I'll put in a good word for SallieMae as well. I've been using them solely from the beginning, and they've been great. Money's always available on time, they're quick to give me a credit decision, and their customer service department is good people.
[/ QUOTE ]I'm not Sarah, but I'll answer ... if you like beef, Kansas City is a little slice of heaven. There are a bunch of steakhouses in town that have steaks that are just TO DIE FOR. Best steak I ever had was in Kansas City ... afraid I can't remember the name of the place, though. Sarah, where are the good spots??