I'm as critical of the administration at Purdue as anyone else, and there are certainly some very strongly backed arguments that what they are doing is ridiculous, but these aren't them.You've got to be kidding me. They are making kids pay an extra $10,000 in flight costs for worthless turbine time and a worthless rating.
Doing an hour in the King Air was good, because it makes what you learned in turbine systems class come together somewhat, and it didn't cost an arm and a leg. There is NO point to trying to log a bunch of turbine time in college because you wouldn't meet the mins for the turbine A/C spots with companies that operate them anyways.
I am not happy about what Purdue is doing one bit. They are scrapping the King Airs for Phenom jets, and are buying SR20s to replace the Warriors. They are also going to replace the full time CFIs with grad students. They're doing a bunch of other things that just scream "out of touch with reality" that it makes me furious (well, it would if i was actually in Purdue flight).
I could write a whole rant about what Purdue is doing to their flight program, but it's worthless to me so I'll keep it short.
The worst part of it all, is that 90% of these flight program kids have no idea how what Purdue is doing will hurt them tremendously. Seriously, joining an online aviation forum like APC or JetCareers so they could gain a little sense of reality would do these flight kids a world of good. College flight programs are becoming a joke.
Well, let me take up the slack for Kestrel. I came to Purdue last fall hoping to fulfill my dreams of going through the flight program that I have been looking forward too since I first visited during my sophomore year of high school. I talked to advisers and faculty, and was completely psyched about the KA program and the Beechjet program. I was going to bust my butt to keep grades high so that I could sit right seat in that jet.Then stop complaining.
:clap:Just the other day, I saw a bunch of freshman walking around getting all starry eyed at the jet and the Cirrus that was setting out, and I just have to wonder what they are being told. Sure, it's a great program, but I was not given the whole story by ANYONE here at Purdue. I had to learn it from an internet forum (isn't that crazy?).
Sounds like you came to the program for the wrong reasons then. I came here to learn the industry and gain professional experience...not to get 5 hours of turbine time and a 3.3% chance of being type rated in a Beechjet.Still excited about being accepted into the program, I was up here for a week (actually about 4 days) and it all started to sink in. They were buying new airplanes, doing away with the Beechjet program, and were still telling us that we were going to have a job when we graduated.
Newsflash: A degree in anything does not land you a job anywhere. Despite what you may like to believe, your education does not entitle you to anything. It takes blood, sweat, and tears in any career within any industry... Aviation just requires slightly less mediocrity than almost everything else.For as much money as I would have shelled out, I know that just about anyone can recognize that a Pro. Flight degree from Purdue does not land you a job in the industry.
Listen, just because you didn't have the foresight or due diligence to investigate the career or industry before you came to the program doesn't mean others haven't. I'll agree, there are some members of my class who are absolutely braindead and ignorant when it comes to these things, but I'd say almost all of my friends in the program are very well informed about the realities of aviation.After long contemplation about what I wanted to do, I switched to the AVMGMT program and am going to complete the required coursework for the CTI add-on. Just the other day, I saw a bunch of freshman walking around getting all starry eyed at the jet and the Cirrus that was setting out, and I just have to wonder what they are being told. Sure, it's a great program, but I was not given the whole story by ANYONE here at Purdue. I had to learn it from an internet forum (isn't that crazy?).
Maybe Kestrel and I have just seen the writing on the wall, and understand what's going on. Somebody should hand out a pamphlet to these kids and tell them what kind of money they will be making. Tell them how long it will take to make it to the majors.
The source of my education funding does not allow me to pick and choose where it gets spent. Unfortunately, I can only use it at non-profit, accredited institutions. Ironically, you actually spend less in flight fees to get Private/Instrument/Commercial then would otherwise be required at LafAv. (Yes, I've done out the math...that was part of my due diligence in choosing a career path and institution).Tell them how much money they could save by driving an extra 30 seconds to Lafayette Aviation to get their ratings.
Agreed, actually...But, I'd blame Marketing & Communications over the AT department. All of the professors I've had are very aware and informed about what lies beyond graduation -- they've been there, and have no reservations in telling us about it. If you were in the program, you'd know that.Point is, everything is not as it seems. Purdue has a great program, they just need to use a little more common sense, and try to inform potential students of what is "really" going to happen when they graduate.