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by Shiny Side Up
Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Class 4 instructor hourly rate
Replies: 100
Views: 8097

Re: Class 4 instructor hourly rate

If I was instructing, I'd go to the GM -- not the CFI, but someone with authority -- and say look. I will network like crazy, in any way I could, and bring in new business. But for every student I bring in who starts training, I want to be given 2 or 3 walk ins. It's fine and dandy to demand studen...
by Shiny Side Up
Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Class 4 instructor hourly rate
Replies: 100
Views: 8097

Re: Class 4 instructor hourly rate

Shiny, I've read your comments and disagree. Dangerous pilots, don't just kill themselves. They kill other innocent victims, like the pilot after them in the aircraft they (hidden) damaged, or passengers. (Remember them?) People on the ground. What about dangerous AME's? Do you renounce responsibil...
by Shiny Side Up
Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Class 4 instructor hourly rate
Replies: 100
Views: 8097

Re: Class 4 instructor hourly rate

My example ...again --- was precisely applicable to willful negligence and a complete lack of integrity, such as lying, stealing, and not reporting a safety issue on an aircraft- ie. damage that employee caused. Tell me, Shiny, or BPF, that has never, ever happened, with any instructor you've ever ...
by Shiny Side Up
Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Class 4 instructor hourly rate
Replies: 100
Views: 8097

Re: Class 4 instructor hourly rate

and drop the communist hatred of every employer out there. That attitude makes me sick. Please. You're actually making your case worse. You sound like every bad employer or bad manager I've ever had to deal with. PF is wholly correct in calling you out on what should be called out on especially giv...
by Shiny Side Up
Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Class 4 instructor hourly rate
Replies: 100
Views: 8097

Re: Class 4 instructor hourly rate

Their attitude towards threatening their "troublesome" employees with blacklisting is a fair indicator. There is a bright side, if not to paint too bleak of a picture to a potential employee in that all the times I've been threatened to be "blacklisted" in this business has been a completely empty ...
by Shiny Side Up
Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Class 4 instructor hourly rate
Replies: 100
Views: 8097

Re: Class 4 instructor hourly rate

Rookiepilot is right...most business owners warn each other about lying/stealing employees if they hear the douchebag is looking for work at their competitor. They're still really careful about it Cpn, I'd say the straight stuff only gets passed on to those where you know its not going to come back...
by Shiny Side Up
Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Class 4 instructor hourly rate
Replies: 100
Views: 8097

Re: Class 4 instructor hourly rate

If an employee --in the industry example I quoted -- say returned a known damaged aircraft without fully reporting it, lied or decieved me about it, yes I would blacklist that person. They would never work for me again, and I would tell my all friends in the business, too. Your answer here still in...
by Shiny Side Up
Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Class 4 instructor hourly rate
Replies: 100
Views: 8097

Re: Class 4 instructor hourly rate

I've run a business for 20 years. Have you had to manage employees during any of those? If you have, you'd know that your "blacklisting" policy could run you into a heap of legal trouble. Nevermind the fact threatening it as a matter of "encouraging" good behavior usually has the opposite effect. J...
by Shiny Side Up
Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Student flight time at PPL flight test - data
Replies: 18
Views: 1791

Re: Student flight time at PPL flight test - data

The free market that governs the style that flight training is conducted isn't required to offer one said choice, so expect to pay more if you wish such a service.
by Shiny Side Up
Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Student flight time at PPL flight test - data
Replies: 18
Views: 1791

Re: Student flight time at PPL flight test - data

Good question. I suspect mostly English.
by Shiny Side Up
Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Student flight time at PPL flight test - data
Replies: 18
Views: 1791

Re: Student flight time at PPL flight test - data

To me the cause of the steady increase is obvious. More and more training in this country is geared towards mass production of pilots. It no longer matters being efficient getting a PPL since its often viewed that "hours are hours" towards the end goal of the CPL. Stack on top of that the fact that ...
by Shiny Side Up
Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Learning to fly in a taildragger: historical
Replies: 44
Views: 4289

Re: Learning to fly in a taildragger: historical

The reason that the C172 sold so well in the stone-age was because of the hype put on it by Cessna's sales department! Who wouldn't want a "modern" all metal airplane with "land-o-matic" landing gear for $9000.00 So you're saying that pilots back in the day were so dimwitted that they believed Cess...
by Shiny Side Up
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Learning to fly in a taildragger: historical
Replies: 44
Views: 4289

Re: Learning to fly in a taildragger: historical

Regarding instruction back in the day vs today. Maybe it was better, maybe not. But what can certainly be said, is that you can not be complacent in a tail dragger...thus tail wheel instructors must pay more attention to detail and they must teach how to properly fly the aircraft in the cleanest ma...
by Shiny Side Up
Thu May 18, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Calgary Flight Training 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 2275

Re: Calgary Flight Training 2017

If one was to make this the "southern alberta flight training thread, you could include SuperT in Medicine Hat, and Excel in Lethbridge, the latter of which has a Piper based fleet for those looking to try something different. There is also of course Cu Nim, if you don't like engines on your flying ...
by Shiny Side Up
Tue May 02, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: okotoks
Replies: 21
Views: 6541

Re: okotoks

Nope.
by Shiny Side Up
Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Stolen licence
Replies: 22
Views: 3268

Re: Stolen licence

makmoco wrote:How long does it take for TC to send you a new booklet? In the case of a missing/stolen booklet
The current working time is 90 days. Before anyone gets up in arms, the FAA's working time is 120 days. The lesson here being that if you think something is bad, it can always be worse. ;)
by Shiny Side Up
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Westjet to start ultra low cost carrier
Replies: 83
Views: 10271

Re: Westjet to start ultra low cost carrier

I think O'Leary said that Europeans will crawl backwards naked over broken glass for cheaper air fares. I suspect Canadians will too. They may complain a lot more about it, but they will still buy the tickets.
by Shiny Side Up
Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: okotoks
Replies: 21
Views: 6541

Re: okotoks

I wonder if they'll waive the landing fees for the "grand opening".
by Shiny Side Up
Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Proposed airport privatization will drive up costs for travellers, say CEOs
Replies: 29
Views: 3248

Re: Proposed airport privatization will drive up costs for travellers, say CEOs

Rockie, The possibility of bankruptcy is exactly what imposes discipline on the private sector, and what is missing in the public sector. Hardly. See Michel LeBlanc. Either way, I think someone has mentioned the experiment of a privatized airport? Seeing as though its something I have direct experi...
by Shiny Side Up
Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: When does the PPL flight test expire?
Replies: 8
Views: 1386

Re: When does the PPL flight test expire?

Why do people do this? Wonder why license times are up? Unfortunately this is not uncommon.
by Shiny Side Up
Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:43 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Instructors - Demand?
Replies: 35
Views: 5589

Re: Instructors - Demand?

I've met nobody in Canada who looks at a successful business and says either you're lucky, or corrupt. Even as an avowed socialist I don't even think those things, but then I've discovered that a lot of people think a lot of weird things. That said, I have to point out the delicious irony in that R...
by Shiny Side Up
Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Instructors - Demand?
Replies: 35
Views: 5589

Re: Instructors - Demand?

It's hard to start an FTU essentially because TC In the big scheme of things though, its not that hard. It just takes time and money. If that's the measure of what's hard, phone up an insurance company and tell them you want to insure an airplane that you're going to use for flight training, and th...
by Shiny Side Up
Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Instructors - Demand?
Replies: 35
Views: 5589

Re: Instructors - Demand?

LOVE OF FLYING doesn't pay the bills. I will say that flight schools also can't run on pilot dreams. If you asked most instructors to organize a flight school you'd have a dissimilar fleet of at least a dozen different aircraft, none of which would be able to cover their own maintenance. Realistical...
by Shiny Side Up
Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:49 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Instructors - Demand?
Replies: 35
Views: 5589

Re: Instructors - Demand?

that either starting your own flight school is so difficult to do which really shouldn't be Why shouldn't it be? The world don't owe you nothing. FWIW, it isn't any more difficult than any other enterprise, its merely that the market isn't there for a small enterprise anymore. The problem with runn...

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