Joined: May 14, 2005 Posts: 90 Location: Wycombe Air Park, Calgary, Dubai
Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:12 pm Post subject:
Hmm, it seems you can't please everybody!
Given the standard of English, it seems that you are one of the many students who assume that just because you turn up in class and listen to us wittering away that you will learn things by osmosis. I would bet money that, were our notes wrapped in cellophane, it wouldn't have even been taken off the notebooks.
Well, guess what? You have to do some work as well! It clearly states on our web site that the consolidation week is not there for learning basics. Do you expect to go to University and expect to be taught from ABC? No, you don't. We are entitled to expect PPL(H) knowledge when you start the course, as demanded by Part FCL, so we routinely don't teach PPL level subjects on the consolidation weeks - certainly not pitot static instruments, or VFR comms, as two examples.
Given that you mention a CD, which we haven't supplied with our notes for roughly a year now (all the links are now on the web site), it would seem that you have been enrolled for a long time without doing much work at all, because you should have finished the course by now (£795 means you only bought module 1). In fact, for a few months before we stopped supplying it, it became a DVD, so you have been enrolled even longer - you are very likely in our suspended file anyway.
The polite thing to do would be to come to me if you have any concerns, or at least talk to the many other posters in these forums who appear to be quite satisfied. But since you want to have a public debate, go ahead!
And by the way, we are not the only people who do the CPL(H) distance learning (do your research) - we are simply the best, otherwise I'm sure Helicentre would not be using our materials
Posted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:46 pm Post subject: capt training
In reply to your comnents, just because pilots know how to fly doesnt mean they know to teach and present a methodical course to students. This is a forum which people can discuss things i will not be silenced by you phil (paco).im quite angry that you have suggested that i should not be discussing this openly . Im not the only one that feels let down and out of pocket. I have been in education most of my life and i know very well how it should be. Just because other people have accepted it doesnt mean i have to . i have very high standards which must be met in which whatever i do and if you cant deliver that then i must question it.
Joined: May 14, 2005 Posts: 90 Location: Wycombe Air Park, Calgary, Dubai
Posted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:33 pm Post subject:
"But since you want to have a public debate, go ahead!"
My quote above doesn't sound like silencing you to me! All I suggested was that the polite thing to do would be to have come to me with any concerns you might have had so that we could try to fix them, as agreed by the pms that I have had from other lurkers, but it seems you prefer making libellous statements instead.
And to take the argument the same way as you seem to wish, the fact that someone has "been in education" all their lives does not mean to say they know what they are talking about either.
We don't expect everyone to like us, in fact our training is considered by some to be rather off the wall, and we have turned away students who obviously wouldn't suit what we do. But the proof of the pudding lies in the exam results - in the last session that comes to mind, 153 exams were taken by our students, and only 14 of them were fails. This was entirely due to the people concerned not doing the work. None of them will be taking exams with us again.
However, these people seemed quite happy:
"A lot of training materials pass through our hands, and you can count on one hand the ones that are impressive - and yours are truly impressive!"
"Today I finished my ATP theory exams. I have to tell you "thank you" so many times... the work you've done with your notes is priceless and couldn't have done all of this so quick without your books"
"I have now completed my training towards the CPL and wanted to say quick thanks to you and your team. Daunting as the exams are – I was happy not having to flick through hundreds of unnecessary pages as compared to some other theory providers! "
"I just wanted to say a big thank you to yourself, Gerry, Miguel and Richard for getting me through all of the exams with a first time pass and 92% average! Initially I was concerned and uncertain I'd be able to achieve the results needed whilst holding down a full time job and balancing family life (especially with my second child being born in the middle of my course) but your material and the structure of it made it possible, so thank you. The consolidation courses were a great aid and helped tidy up all of those gaps enabling me to be best prepared for the exams."
"Its a lovely day here today, all the better for me passing my skills test on Saturday, and so have achieved CPL (H) - Hurrah! Thanks to you and CAPT for the excellent grounding in theory, which the guys down here at Fast converted into practical."
"Thank you Phil and Richard for the quality instruction and mentoring which enabled to achieve a 90% average for my ATPL(H) exams. You have been both accommodating and supportive throughout the course and allowed me to complete the course within the timeline set. With a view of a career flying the oil rigs, Caledonian have facilitated me to achieve my goals."
"Thank you so much not only for clearly getting me through the exams but also for taking me on at such short notice and tailoring a course to my individual requirements. I'm really happy with the results of these last 5 exams. Over 90% in Gen Nav and Radio Nav, the two subjects which I was worried about due to their complexity and quantity of numbers respectively."
"I am coming to the end of my progress tests for module 1 and feeling much more confident with this material than I had with XXXXXXX Academy (The references to Monty Python also helped)."
"Just wanted to let you now that I received my CPL POF results last week and I got 94%, so very pleased with that and wanted to say thank you to you and your team for all the help and very easily digestable information you provide!"
"Many thanks to both Gerry and your good self for a great week, I found it very useful and enjoyable! All I need to do now is pass the exams!"
"Just to let you know that I recently passed my OASC at RAF Cranwell to join the Fleet Air Arm. I can genuinely say that I wouldn't have been able to do it without having done your course. Cheers mate!"
"As you know, I took all of the exams last week, and I wanted to say thank you for the training; I felt well prepared for the exams."
"Just wanted to say thanks as well for you help and the excellent instruction over the last couple of months from Gerry, Richard and Miguel. Its been a great relief to have passed all of the exams first time and am sure I couldn't have done it without all of your support."
"Thank you so much for your support and expertise during the last months. I really appreciate it and I'm sure, that with your books and your study material, I have the best requirements to pass the exams in Germany."
"The instructors [at my IR school] say they've found my background knowledge and skill level to be excellent."
"I also would like to take the oppurtunity to thank you for helping me passing all these IR exams. The books and tutors you provide are just outstanding. That your school also offered such a great flexibility so I was able to run the course in my own time also helped a great deal. CAPT is just number one in my view! "
"THANK YOU SO MUCH for the great course, and everything else, that made it possible for me to pass everything in one shot and only 3 months in total!!!"
"Thanks for all the help from you, Richard and Gerry. Your notes were a pleasure to study from and provided me with everything I needed during my studies. It only took me one try to pass all the exams but I couldn't have done it without the CAPT-team. CU, somewhere, someplace..."
"Hi there Phil - Just a quick note to let you know, although I am sure you will know already, that I passed all my last batch of exams, and I am DELIGHTED!! Thanks again for your support and encouragement, I have now to get stuck into the practical course with Ian at Fast Helicopters. I will keep you advised of how I get on. I thought the course you have put together was thorough, interesting and well structured for learning from home. Thankyou!! "
"Well that is the start so far! I am liking the way the course is set up. I have learned some good stuff and looking forward to completing the course."
"Wow! Thanks Phil. Better result than I expected. Your textbooks are spot on! "
"I got all the materials and the CD and started studying this Monday. Thanks for the quick delivery! Just like I expected from my experience with your Bell 206 Book (which was the first and most important one I read when I began my PPL on the 206, and which was a major reason for choosing your course now), the material is extremely well structured and written in a way that really makes it a pleasure to read and learn. I'm almost done with Module 1 by now and still have to say, great way to learn that stuff, not many boring parts in there, and written in a fun way."
"Having recently, successfully completed the Commercial Pilot (Helicopters) ground school examinations as a student of Caledonian Advanced Pilot Training I can confirm my complete satisfaction with the CAPT organisation.
The subject matter in the text books is clear, concise and written in a manner which is simple to follow. The weekly progress tests are both challenging and rewarding as a mechanism for evaluating the student's progress.
The ground school refresher courses are run by enthusiastic instructors with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the relevant subject matter whom project a professional manner without being overly formal. I found that the most impressive features of the CAPT training programme was the additional information included for clarity in the study material and the invaluable tips that have also been included by the author as a result of many years as a pilot and instructor.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend CAPT as a training organisation to any prospective student looking for a well proven and established, professional training organisation."
"As you can see, I haven't been following the order of study suggested... I really like your material, just get stuck in one subject and can't switch until I'm done. I figured it wouldn't be any problem since my previous studies. !"
"Brilliant, I thought it was too good to be true, so didn't want to get excited too quickly. Your excellent tutelage has paid dividends; I am really pleased - Thanks Phil. More study today "
"Your notes are absolutely fantastic. I really like your way to explain things in the easiest way and I also like your examples in the text. I read your notes with pleasure and I am so happy that I don't have to use these stupid xxxxxx books…:"
"Just to let you know that I passed my CPL skill test on Tuesday. So I am all done! Thank you for your help and I am more than happy to recommend your school as that's the only way I could have achieved it."
"Just to let you know that I sat Met, Airlaw and IR Comm yesterday and I think it went rather well. Your book covers all subjects just perfect and that together with the Bristol Question Bank should hopefully provide me with a pass. Will find out in a couple of weeks I suppose ."
"I found the few days I spent down with you chaps pretty helpful. I personally found the way that Gerry worked things the most beneficial with regards to preparation for the exam. Doing various mock papers and then going through them in detail. The other subjects were helpful and improved my insight but without going through sample exam questions I felt that I did not improve in the way that I did on PoF and HP. Anyway, just my opinion on how it went. Definitely positive overall and really good to meet the other students. Good luck fixing up the simulator - can't wait to see it working!"
"You are a star for getting me through this Phil.."
"Thank you for making me choose CAPT for groundschool, Im really satisfied with the material, and I really enjoy all the real-life stories in the book."
"Thank you for all your help. Your notes and support were of top quality and I would reccomend you to anyone who wants to convert."
"Many thanks for your help with the Dragon debacle, and for the great training course - couldn't've done it without you!!"
"Good to see you again at the Helitech today. Thanks again for your course, first time pass in all 14 subjects with a 93% average."
"Just a short note to thank you for your help and support in the first module. It was a great relief to get that envelope on Friday, I had convinced myself that I must have failed each one after going through it in my head for the umpteenth time. Clearly the learning process that you have developed is successful. I look forward to the next module."
Joined: Aug 23, 2005 Posts: 266 Location: On a course.... golf course
Posted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:53 pm Post subject:
"For all cpl helicopter students,im currently studying with this company with phil croucher who is supposed to have a good reputation. However i find his school as a bit of hit and miss ,unproffessional and badly taught. I paid £795 for a book to read a cd with a load of non relevant material on it ,and i did the week revision course which was like pissing in the wind. Beware of this person for taking your money on false pretences.however his the only one that does it."
For somebody who has "been in education" most of your career, you make a disappointing number of spelling and grammar mistakes. To paraphrase yourself, just because a person claims to be in education, doesn't mean they are educated. Won't bother with the second post.
How is "pissing in the wind" related to attending a theory course, anyway?
I don't post here often (but do lurk) - Phil's stuff helped me through the second half of my CPL - all exams passed first time, and I'm now flying pretty much full time...
If the OP bothered to actually learn the materials and listen to / read Phil's stuff he probably wouldn't be here with posts like this ... In the end, how use use the knowledge is totally up to you ....
BTW - anyone doing 206 training is advised to read Phil's 206 book - it tells you what you need to know in a precise manner ...
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