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Choosing a Flight School

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:19 pm
by James35355
I need help choosing a flight school located in Montreal.. I am currently looking at Academy of Aeronautics.
Someone said I should not pay the down payment of 15000 that they ask for but isn't it a requirement to do so? If not why?
Is it a good school? Please help
Looking forward to some replies, Thank you :rolleyes:

Re: Choosing a Flight School

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:48 pm
by North Shore
So you give them $15K today, and they go out of business tomorrow (not saying that's going to happen...) and what happens to your $15,000? Well, you might get it back after a lot of hassle and lawyering, but then again, you might not, and so you're out $15k of hard-earned money.

Pay as you go for your flying. If they insist, either go somewhere else, or give them the amount you could afford to lose ($500? Maybe $1000?) and keep a positive balance as you fly.

DO NOT GIVE THEM $15,000 UP FRONT

Good luck.

Re: Choosing a Flight School

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:19 pm
by Cat Driver
Never ever pay in advance to any school.

Do you pay your gas station in advance for several months of gas?

Re: Choosing a Flight School

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:43 pm
by Black_Tusk
I paid per flight. Finished the flight, paid with my CC. Banked my points, paid off the CC promptly.

Don't prepay.

Re: Choosing a Flight School

Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:07 am
by James35355
Ahh I see....hmmmmm
Thanks guys [@north shore, cat diver, black tusk]

Re: Choosing a Flight School

Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:23 am
by James35355
UPDATE:
They insist that I pay it and said its their college regulations

Re: Choosing a Flight School

Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:47 am
by LousyFisherman
James35355 wrote:UPDATE:
They insist that I pay it and said its their college regulations
So don't go there. There are lots of flight schools around.

HTH
LF

Re: Choosing a Flight School

Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 3:17 pm
by James35355
Okay LousyFisherman
That quote is funny cause its so accurate btw

Re: Choosing a Flight School

Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:44 pm
by Beefitarian
Unless you often go to a Casino and lose more than that in a night. Then when they close and take your money it won't be that big a deal.

Re: Choosing a Flight School

Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:33 pm
by final28
+1
Don't pay any more up front than you could afford to lose.
Not only are you at risk if the school goes out of business but you might have a world of trouble should you decide to change schools for whatever reason.
There is every possibility that you'd have problems getting your money back in that situation.
If you pay any significant amount up front make very sure you know under what circumstances you could get that money back.

Re: Choosing a Flight School

Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:21 pm
by James35355
Okay thanks a lot guys
I wont be going there. I've chosen Moncton flight college. What theyre offering is great

Re: Choosing a Flight School

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:13 am
by Future_Sunwing_pilot
Don't pay anything upfront unless it's a college like Seneca or Confederation otherwise their taking your money and if they see your paying they will want to take more, they will often say you're not ready to solo, my friend logged 80 hours for PPL and they kept telling him to pay more for dual, i try to stay away from flight schools, i'm going to Confederation in a few years because that way i know that your getting 200 hours there no more no less and instructors in college they will push you unlike instructors in flight schools.

Re: Choosing a Flight School

Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:03 am
by James35355
Thanks for this advice Future_sunwing_pilot. A lot of these flight schools are really corrupt