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    Choosing a school

    I'm looking to start my training in the near future, and I'm wondering what I need to take into consideration when I choose which school to use. There's about 4 or 5 schools all within a similar distance of where I live, so other than costs per hour which are all pretty similar how should I choose which one to use?


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    Firstly great idea you wont regret it!
    I chose my school based on the following criteria
    1) price per hour
    2) how busy was the instructor (too busy means difficult to get lesson, but busy with spaces is a nice combo as you'll meet lots of fellow trainees)
    3) what's the hangarage availability and cost like at the schools airfield (as I used my own aircraft for some solo this was important to me, it's also nice to fly from where you trained as once qualified you can still benefit from their experience and knowledge)
    4) general feel of the place, friendliness, approachability etc
    5) and finally can I do the written stuff at the same place/ school and is the instructor also a certified examiner.

    Where do you live? I'm sure you'll get a better idea of which to choose from people on here that know the schools.
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    Don't worry about small differences in hourly rate. Much more important is how you feel about the place and the people. Is it a club or just a school at a busy airfield - I'd go for somewhere with a real club every time - that way you'll get lots of support from other club members (you have to be a member of a "club" to take lessons - but I'm talking about a real club, not just a piece of paper that you sign) and you will enjoy just hanging around at the airfield.

    How busy the instructor is is important - make sure you are going to have only one instructor, not just whoever is there on the day.

    I'd agree with Damien's other points though.
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    To add to the confusion!
    Visit them all to see where you feel the most comfortable.
    When you have your shortlist, start with the one you like best and arrange a flight with the instructor (make sure it's a training flight, they all count) to see how you gel in the air. If it isn't right move on to your next choice until you have the best combination of club and instructor plus all the other points mentioned.
    At one place I flew during training I requested not to fly with a particular instructor because although we got on really well on the ground his style didn't suit me in the air.
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    New Member muddysuvner's Avatar
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    Thanks for the tips guys, I live in central Bedfordshire so there's quite a few schools within about 20-30 miles


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    Quote Originally Posted by muddysuvner View Post
    Thanks for the tips guys, I live in central Bedfordshire so there's quite a few schools within about 20-30 miles
    Ahem in which case do please come and see us at Sackville (Riseley MK44 1BS www.sackvillemicrolights.co.uk). Good luck whichever school you choose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin Watson View Post
    Ahem in which case do please come and see us at Sackville (Riseley MK44 1BS www.sackvillemicrolights.co.uk). Good luck whichever school you choose.
    TBH you were already top of my list after just looking through the websites of the local schools. Are you/Neil (I'm interested in flying flexwings) around at the the airfield in the evenings during the week? I'll definitely pop over for a chat


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    Quote Originally Posted by muddysuvner View Post
    TBH you were already top of my list after just looking through the websites of the local schools. Are you/Neil (I'm interested in flying flexwings) around at the the airfield in the evenings during the week? I'll definitely pop over for a chat
    Usually but not always. Best to call one of us to check first - numbers on the website. And (as the fixed wing instructor) I have to say that you should try both types before you decide whether to go fixed or flexy

    We look forward to meeting you
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    ... and if the reason you want flex is for the 'open air experience' ask Martin to fly you in the Thruster with the doors off before you decide



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