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Training in the F28, is it worth the extra?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:25 pm    Post subject: Training in the F28, is it worth the extra? Reply with quote

Hi all,

I've been considering my options with regards to the type of craft I want to use once I have passed my PPL. I am becoming very fond of the Enstrom F28 due to the roomier cabin, the extra seat and the general feeling that it is a safer vehicle due to not having the mast bump risk and also the tail chopping risk (yes I can tend to get a bit paranoid).

The costs of training in the Enstrom appear to be about 3k more expensive than doing it in the R22 and then doing the 5 hours to convert to type. (all based on me being awesome and passing in 45 hours Wink )

So, what do you think is best, 45 hours on the F28 type or 45 hours on the R22 with about 10 hours on the F28 for about the same money?

I know the school has the F28 but they dont advertise training with it, could it mean that they may not even offer it?

I'm also interested to hear your opinions on the types.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Bom,

It's a question often asked.

I plan to gain my licence via the cheapest method i.e. on the R22 then do a type rating.

If money was no object then I would definately train on the Type that I intend to SFH but funds don't allow.

Also I believe that very few students actually manage to pass on 45 hours, normally it's around the 60 hour mark.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why not train on both? For example do 35 hrs on the R22 then the last 10 hrs on the F28? (Is this possible?). I'm rated on both and I agree with you, the Enstrom is the better aircraft. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:09 am    Post subject: Re: Training in the F28, is it worth the extra? Reply with quote

bom wrote:

I know the school has the F28 but they dont advertise training with it, could it mean that they may not even offer it?


Quite possibly, especially if they don't own it but are maintaining it for someone else. It all depends on what insurance it has and what the owner wants it to be used for.
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