CDLs are a premium since nobody can pass the wizz quizz so you should be able to take some risks with days off here and there to go flying when the weather is good. Get after the ground school.
So being an older engineer career changer is a problem? 8)Meh. I think I’ve come across more pilots with engineering degrees than almost any other degree (other than aviation specific degrees of course). Pretty much every test pilot and astronaut has an engineering/science degree as well.
As a former flight instructor, my young engineering students were awesome. Very good at studying and knocking out the other monotonous stuff that hold most people back. The flying skills ranged from average to well above average. I don’t recall anything below that.
I bet the original comment stems from dealing with a couple of older career changers (or students) that happened to have engineering degrees. The issue here of course is the older career changer. They aren’t always problematic, but they are more often than not.
Red flag #1. That’s pretty ridiculous.Update: On Saturday after work I was able to visit a flight school at RDU. The school is Blue Line Aviation. I was really impressed with their aircraft (DA-20, DA-40, and a newer C172). A flight instructor and a girl working in the office showed me around and it seems like a well put together professional outfit. They made it clear upfront that they didn't know anything about pricing and that I'd have to speak to one of their customer service reps. So today that will be my mission. Right now it seems that my priorities are schedule and price. Has anybody hear heard of or have experience with this school? What sort of questions should I be asking them?
Honestly, I feel their prices should be linked from a home page for their business online. No reason to hide it. I mean, having folks show you around and then defer to a salesman just reeks of something weird to me. Sort of unhonest. For sure get a quote for X amount for Y rating and then get an hourly quote for each aircraft with and without a CFI. That's the only way to compare apples to oranges. And put it out here for us to see as you will surly get people commenting on various other schools and prices. Anyhow, I'm a fan of the small, low tech, school. I don't run one so I can't really comment on prices but I just thing if you can find the right little place you can get great training at a cheaper price.
Just curious, why?I don't get on forums any more