|i agree that Cornwall has really nice people and decent equipment..however, being cheap doesn't make them the best...iv'e been to many different flight schools across the country (which in no way makes me an expert...but i shall go on nonetheless) and yes, cornwall took less than 1000.00 out of my pocket for a one day IFR renewal including flight test...however, i didn't learnt shit. I learnt how to pass the re-ride and that was it. If you are rusty and are not going to be PIC in actual IFR in the near future, then Cornwall is the quickest and least expensive. I was rusty as hell, teetering on stupid and was keeping my IFR current only for the sake of keeping it current, knowing that i would be on single engine float planes for a few years.
But now i need to know what i'm doing with the potential for a twin IFR position at my float job, and i knew that Cornwall just wouldn't cut it.
I went out to CYWG and it took me a helluva lot more money, but got a solid renewal that left me soo chocked full of knowledge of real life IFR flying (duh- i wonder if it was Perimeter, boss... ) GPS training is also available, too.
i know the instruction is only as good as the student, and i repeat that i had pretty much lost all IFR knowledge in my 3 years not doing it at all, so blaming me would not be out of line.
iv'e flown at 5 different flight schools in 3 different provinces and although Cornwall did get my renewal ticket, it just isn't up to Par with the other 4 schools. Sorry if this offends anyone, i just thought i would pass on my opinion. Take it as you wish.
Cornwall does have great people and they got the job done..ultimately, your licence doesn't know where it got it's renewal, but your skills are the result of your training, and i knew that my skills neede more than a quick and cheap renewal.
I needed a Hardass, thorough renewal that would give me the skill to pilot in actual IFR.
I know one of the Perimeter instructors used to be at Cornwall, and even they had to laugh when i said one of my renewals was done at Cornwall.
I am in no way pushing Perimeter, in fact i don't really like the Peg (sorry, flatlanders, i just miss the West- nothing personal) and the friendliness wasn't near any of the other places, but the skilled training exceeds them all, and the equiment is excellent. I think that's what counts.
Just assess what you need your IFR for...
if it is just to get your rating and you will not be going actual anytime soon, go for Cornwall (know that you don't go actual IFR there, even in non icing summer..you basically need VFR conditions at YCC)
BUT, if it's for an IFR position as PIC or co-jo, think about a school that has de-iced equipment, where you go actual and that actually file IFR for your training, often going down to real minimums to get back to Winnipeg, blowing the boots on your inbound track.
There is NO comparaison between hood and actual.
best of luck with your training, and i await backlash from Cornwall fans and employees.