i definatley would not recommend this place. it's outrageously expensive and you don't get any of your cfi certs. i think you end up with around 300TT with around 100TT in the king air and no cfi assuming your starting from scratch. that king air time won't do much for the 300hr pilot. your left having to go else where for your cfi's and to build time. they require really high times to instruct in their cessnas and senecas (which are broke down all the time). last i knew to get into a twin there you had to 1500TT, 500 in type OR an ATP. i can't remember exactley what it was for the cessna's but it was way too high for a newbie instructor. if you went through their program then went off and got your cfi they might hire you for the cessna's but it's unlikey. king airs are all taught by current or retired airline pilots. mostly retired i believe. plus the owners are VERY shady. i know quite a few people at the regional level and none of them had any turbine time going in so i don't think that turbine time is all that important.
The way that they fly scares me. I backseated on one of their training flights in a king air. The experienced airline pilot sits in the front left seat during taxi and takeoff. After takeoff, he gets up and trades seats with the second student in the cabin. During the climb, cruise, descent, and approach there are two students sitting up front. Then once on a extended final, the student sitting in the left seat, gets up, trades with the pilot, and the aircraft lands. Then they taxi back, and the student in the right seat, gets up during the taxi, and trades with the other student. And the process repeats. This, among other things scared me about the flight and the way the flight school operates. I worry when I hear a "Tab Express/International" or a King Air around Deland on the radio. I would advise anyone around their activitys to be extremely careful.
I just finished up a program at Tab. I came in with all my ratings, so I did a less expensive program, which got me King Air time. Needless to say, it was enough, so at 400 hours, I'm now in ground school for an airline.
On the truthful side, the training department is one the best around. You won't find a better group of instructors. The experience they have is second to none. The ground schools there are also excellent. The final ground school you take is exactly what I just finished covering in basic indoc. The final sim session was a big help, too. It exposed me to what I can expect and it was nice to experience it and mess up there than at the airline.
My problem with Tab, however, is the management. Their practices are shady. That is the only thing I have detering me from recommending Tab to anyone.
If anyone has any further questions, PM me and I'll answer them.
Thanks, just was wondering. Didn't know what sort of relationship TAB had with Colgan. Buddy of mine was an instructor at Regional Airline Academy and was hired by Colgan but then had to pay 18K for training. Was told that Colgan is all "pay for training".
I was looking into TAB a while ago, and for those of you that went to ATA, there are some familiar faces over there. Most of them jump before ATA went under, but I know most of their recruiting people are ex-ATA.
yeah...ERJ-135 signed me up for the school!!!!!...I'll never forget his name.....I still think the employee's knew that the school was closing.....I was at the school when they shut down..and some of the staff already had their offices cleared out....AND there was alot of sketchy statements that CFI's were saying at all of our "what the hell are we gonna do?" meetings.