Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:33 pm Post subject: The Helicopter Training Business Must Be Booming!
Over the last three weeks I have sent emails to three different Helicopter Training Schools asking for their up to date hourly prices and not one has replied.
I didn't realise they were all doing so well as to not need my £18K+.
Back in 1995/6 I faxed, wrote to every UK and USA school I could find. Out of maybe 20-30 in the UK and 40-50 in the USA, I had 1 unhelpful UK reply and all but 2 of the USA replied with info, prices and or brochures.
Hence why I trained over here.
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Although be aware that the schools who are very good at marketing can sometimes operate like pilot factories, whereas the smaller 'back-to-basics' operators who don't hire secretaries etc. often appear unprofessional at the start, but the reality can be quite different once you've signed on.
I fell into that trap when I learnt to fly, and quickly moved on to another operator which I had previously discounted (in my naivity!) because of their lack of a fancy website and prompt replies. Only through chance I ended up being fortunate enough to be taught by a very senior, competent and respected member of the aviation industry in that country.
Of course there are schools who are professional on marketing and product delivery, and schools who are lousy at both marketing and teaching, but the point of my ramblings is this: probably your best way to choose a school is through reliable word of mouth and/or by visiting them.
One of the companies I contacted are a very large operator who have just opened another new training base a bit closer to home than to where I'm training at the minute, I would have thought they might have needed the business?
Regarding one of the others, I follow their Twitter feed and can see them posting monotonous Tweets instead of replying to my emails.
I enjoy where I am at the minute but they seem to be one of the more expensive of the FTO's per hour and each time I visit it is becoming slightly more impersonal as gets bigger and bigger.
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Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 12:01 am Post subject:
Way Way Way out of date, but......
If you still want some prices I can certainly post the charges for the establishment where I am currently training. I will take them straight from the 'glossy' that is readily on show so they will be 'public' prices I am guessing. Well, you can certainly take them at ££ value and decide on your next steps from there.
I am not a member of staff and not drumming up business, I am just trying to get some posts happening, generate some discussion and most of all try to be helpful!
Let me know if you want me to get anything - might be best to pm me though as I won't post the numbers on the forum!
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