Daz Posted January 26, 2008 Report Share Posted January 26, 2008 My goal is to attend training (hopefully) this fall. If I have a long-term career goal, it would be to fly in the mountains (I'd love to be a driver for a heli-ski operation, as I've been working in the ski hill/avalanche business for a number of years now). Bighorn, Chinook and KVH are three schools that have stuck out the most in my research. Some questions for those of you that completed training at one of these schools: -What made you choose that particular school? -What part of the training there *really* stood out and helped you with your flying career? -Is there anything you would change about your training? Now, a general inquiry... if you were hiring a 100-hour-wonder, and he displayed common sense, maturity, decision making skills and a great attitude, would one of these (or any) schools be a deciding factor for you? In short, how are these schools respected within the industry? So far, this is what I've come up with: Bighorn Helicopters PROS -Relatives in Calgary where I could stay -Seem to have a decent reputation -Lots of practise around a busy airport -Very similar syllabus to Chinook -Plan to visit them in a couple weeks CONS -Might not see much time in the mountains -R22 might be a bit of a reach for my shortass legs (need back cushion!) Chinook Helicopters PROS -Seems to have good reputation -Lots of practise around busy airport AND mountains CONS -Cost of living a bit higher -9-hour drive to visit school KVH PROS -Seems to have good reputation -Lots of operational training in mountains, longlining, emergencies, etc (I've read all of Cole's posts and responses) -Small class size, excellent student:instructor ratio -Hope to meet Wendell as soon as our schedules line up (next week or so) CONS - Quiet airspace (is this really a con, though?) There's also that whole Bell 47 vs R22 vs Schweizer 300 debate, but that actually plays less into my decision making. I figure that a 100 hour pilot is a 100 hour pilot no matter which machine I train in, and that a good rapport between instructor and student is probably more important. Or am I wrong about this? FWIW, I will likely go for 10 or 20 of my 100 hours in a 206 and/or R44. Look forward to any and all thoughts! Feel free to PM, email or whichever you choose... Cheers! Darren Burt Invermere, BC Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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