LOL, when does that happen as a pilot?Seemed almost too good to be true...they front up to 50% of your training costs, which you'd pay back when you get a good-paying job.
Silver State Helicopters springs to mind, unbidden!
Honestly, whilst I'd like to see these scumbags' heads displayed prominently on pikes, anyone who falls for a deal "too good to be true" in the 21st century probably has it coming.
The owner was Manpreet Singh and his wife. (who lived in India) He was in this country under a green card and sent the money back to India that the students paid. They had no business license and finally no insurance. They had a dozen violations levied against them by the FAA, their aircraft had continual terrible maintenance issues, they owed a small fortune in unpaid fuel bills, (as well as other bills they never paid) and last I knew were being investigated by the FBI and the DA up in Merced.ASA at Atwater came to mind for me: http://2ndcity.wordpress.com/2008/0...anded-in-usa-due-to-aviation-school-shutdown/
This guy allegedly, "I heard" (clears throat) grabbed $45-$60K up front from almost 200 students. He kept 'em all in ground for months. When he reckoned the grumbling had become just a little teensy bit too loud, he comes in one day and announces "Good News, we're moving to a new facility. Now I need you all to help load up the trucks with all our office equipment and supplies." Yeah, you know where this is going. Next morning, the kids show up to an empty building and his highness is long gone. Kids are screwed and the local FBO has a bad fuel check for $30K. This is at least the 2nd time (maybe 3rd) this guy has "allegedly" pulled this same act.
Agree with Boris' "if it's too good to be true" analysis. As much as I despise it as a guiding economic or social principle... Caveat freaking emptor!
I wouldn't be surprised if this Javelin isn't the same guy under a new guise... After all, he is Indian and the Indians do tend strongly to believe in reincarnation.
If this guy ran a simulator company and worked at a few other flight schools, run far, far, FAR away...lest you be "Mitch'd"!Their Airline Flight Training Counselor/coach lives in Florida and has a consulting business there.