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Old 03-19-2009, 11:54 AM   #1
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Default Learning to fly... Any pilots in the house?

I'm interested in learning to fly, just for fun for now, maybe something more in time. I know there are alot of flight schools in the area, especially out of Boundary Bay. Is there one anyone could recommend, or maybe you have heard good things about?
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Old 03-19-2009, 03:06 PM   #2
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I'd recommend taking the school for a test drive.

Ask for a "discovery" flight which will give you a good indication of the condition of the equipment and the quality of instruction.

Also, there're are plenty of online resources designed to help you prepare for your your PSTAR test. Pilottraining.ca has a good online ground school available.

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Old 03-19-2009, 05:39 PM   #3
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PSTAR?


j/k.. that's what you need to fly solo, correct?

Thanks for the info. I know a couple places will take you up for free to see how you like it, def will try them out.

6th gear, you have any experience flying?
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Old 03-19-2009, 05:59 PM   #4
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Hey I am training to be a flight instructor and i am almost done. I am training in Pacific Rim Aviation Academy out in Pitt Meadows. I used to fly out of Boundary Bay too. PM me for details!
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Old 03-19-2009, 06:54 PM   #5
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I would recommend Professional @ Boundary Bay (the one right next to the terminal). I know a flight instructor there and he's an amazing guy to learn from. That said, I don't have first hand experience with them as I got my pilot licenses from Air Cadets (free pilot training FTW).

What 6th gear is referring to is an examination call PSTAR which you must pass before you are allow to fly solo in an airplane. A great book to get yourself ready and for reference is From The Ground Up.
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Old 03-19-2009, 07:26 PM   #6
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A great book to get yourself ready and for reference is From The Ground Up.
Yes, absolutely a MUST read. I think it was first written as a guide for young Canadian pilots entering the 2nd world war and has since gone through many revisions to remain a vital training tool, even today.
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:11 PM   #7
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I'm about halfway done Ground School at the moment, and heading up for my first couple hours of dual instruction this weekend (finally a break in the weather!). I got about 60 hours in the right seat with my father when I was growing up, so it's great to finally be getting my own license.

Definitely do your research on the various schools. I'm more limited here in Squamish, but we are lucky in that we have a great Class 1 instructor here (the "legendary" Francois!). You'll be spending a LOT of time with your instructor so make sure you are compatible. Different people learn in different ways, and different instructors teach in different ways.

ex-boyo - I'd like to eventually become an instructor - did you do some commercial flying first, before starting your CFI?
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:44 PM   #8
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^ Nope i didn't do any commercial flying... i got my CPL and now i am getting my instructor rating.... to build hours and move on!
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Old 03-20-2009, 02:33 AM   #9
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i was really good at Flight Simulator 98 as well as the original Pilot Wings

ok, that wasn't much help, sorry
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Old 03-20-2009, 04:29 AM   #10
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Pacific Flight Club in BB is one of the best and most established. Did my ground school up to solo before I ran out of disposable income (WRX and kids).
But as previous posters have suggested, take them up on their discovery flight, it was great and it will count it towards your flight time if you end up signing with them.
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Old 03-20-2009, 04:43 AM   #11
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^Actually I was trained in Pacific Flying Club and I would not go there again. Their training isn't good.
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Old 03-20-2009, 06:36 PM   #12
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Not to mention their rates are sky high...
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What about Montair? Are they any good?
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<----- Commercial Helicopter here
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Old 03-20-2009, 11:45 PM   #15
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i was really good at Flight Simulator 98 as well as the original Pilot Wings

ok, that wasn't much help, sorry
haha, sorry but.. me too, I completed all the exams for CPL/RPL !! Also, Janes USAF.
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Old 03-21-2009, 03:03 AM   #16
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Do we have "Sport Pilot/Flying" license up here as they do in the US?

This was on Discovery Channel recently... looks cool.

http://www.iconaircraft.com/
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Old 03-21-2009, 02:05 PM   #17
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Do we have "Sport Pilot/Flying" license up here as they do in the US?

This was on Discovery Channel recently... looks cool.

http://www.iconaircraft.com/
SICK. Saw that in a Wired magazine.. I want.

Thanks for all the info and advice guys. I'm gonna go check some of these places out soon, i'll let you know how it goes.

ex_boyo: When are you completing your instructor training? Pacific Rim Aviation is real close to me out here in PoCo. Maybe i'll come see what's up.
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^I will be done next month... but it's not guarantee they will hire me though. But even then I think they are a very good flight school!
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Do we have "Sport Pilot/Flying" license up here as they do in the US?

There is a recreational permit which is similar I think. Requires less hours of training, etc but limits you to the number of passengers, daylight hours, type of aircraft, etc.
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