Where can I find my local Flight school training

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  1. Kensy

    Kensy Member

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    I am 17 years old and I am currently looking for a place where I can receive my private license, I live in Diamond Bar.
     
  2. Pima

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    Have you googled flight schools in diamond bar?:rolleyes:
     
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    But then you have to read the google results. Much easier to just ask a question and do no research.
     
  4. Pima

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    Kensy,

    Quick question. Are you considering getting your PPL to make you more competitive for the AFA and your future as an AF pilot or for pure personal enjoyment?

    The reason I ask is you have stated before you have a DoDMERB issue which is a DQ. It would be to your advantage to place more time on getting that issue cleared than spending 150-200 bucks an hr flying. It is incredibly expensive to fly privately. If it is to be a pilot in the AF, than you need to research this more from a FC1 physical perspective.

    Let's assume you go plan B,for whatever reason. AFROTC is different regarding pilot selection in part because of PCSM 2.0 includes flight hours, and they don't give a true bump until you hit close to 100 hrs. I don't recall the real number break, just posters from another forum saying that they had @90 hrs., and will max out points when they have a few more hours.

    Additionally, I know when our DS solo'd; think of it like a dollar ride he didn't get his PPL, he still needed to do a longer solo mission. He went to college at that point so never did it. However, maybe somebody else, such as hornet can tell you if you need a flight class 1 physical. If so, it will make the DoDMERB exam look like a weight/height only physical.
    ~~~~ For AFROTC pilot selected cadets they will be sent to WPAFB their rising senior yr. It is a 3 day TDY and 2 of those days are 8-4 physicals, everything from EKGs to dental exams. This is what the AF does for AFROTC cadets to guarantee that they meet the FC1 requirements.

    Getting a waiver to join the AF does not necessarily equate into getting a FC1 clearance.
     
  5. Kensy

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    Its actually both the enjoyment and for competition. I am currently leaning towards the plan B, my grades are mediocre right now.
     
  6. kinnem

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    If your grades are currently mediocre, it seems to me you should be focusing on that instead of looking for a PPL.
     
  7. scoutpilot

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    The slow death of SAF...

    Kiddo, if you can't figure out how to find flight schools near where you live, I'd say that I can explain your mediocre grades and that you don't have to worry about getting an AF pilot slot.
     
  8. aseanag

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  9. Pima

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    Kensy,

    I have to say I agree with kinnem. The fact and reality is right now as a jr. in hs. your grades and ECs with leadership will matter more. Not only for the AFA and AFROTC, but also for college admissions. It is even more important for AFROTC because they do not take any SR academics or ECs into consideration for the board. The only update you can do for AFROTC is your SAT/ACT, and it is best sitting, not superscore. 7th semester grades or fall sports will not be seen. Plus, for AFROTC 80-85% of all scholarships go STEM and again the stats will matter. If memory serves me correctly for the AFA, PAR is 60% of the WCS score.

    You have enough time to take lessons the spring of your sr. yr. if you want to take lessons, but for now I would spend that 2 hrs (30 min drive each way, 1 hr in the air) putting my nose to the grindstone academically. I would also spend my time talking to the ALO regarding assistance for DoDMERB and what they think right now is your weakness compared to the candidates that they have supported in the past that got an apptmt.

    I would assume in a few weeks you will take your PSAT. That score can impact you also. I.E. Score in the top 95% and you will be an NMSF. That is something that the colleges AFA and AFROTC will see. PSAT is national. Colleges typically give nice merit packages to NMSF students.

    I am also with Scout and LITS regarding the fact that asking people here for flight schools in your vicinity begs questions regarding motivation and drive.
    ~~~ If you had said you wanted to know if anyone knew of a flight school instructor in Diamond Bar that flies airframes like those at IFS, my opinion would be different.
    ~ Yes, the stick is different at IFS compared to traditional PPL schools.
     
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  10. aseanag

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    I would also suggest local flying clubs in your area.

    As far as a military career. AFA, AFROTC and OTS are available options for you to investigate. Many AF officers find various ways to obtain there commissions. If your SAT scores and/or GPA need improvement, USAFA prep or one year of college may be necessary to obtain your goals. Many AFROTC cadets receive their scholarships after a year or two of college ( Must have a detachment available). Many AFA cadets attended college first prior to entering the academy. Some commission officers enlist prior to attending college and gain there commissions that way. In other words keep at your goals and find a mentor to guide you along the way. All things are possible if you keep your focus.
     
  11. Jeff62064

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    There are not that many, "flight schools" in the Diamond Bar area. There is at least one still remaining at Brackett field, and a club at Cable airport. You might want to consider joining the local CAP groups although we lost our airplane at the Brackett squadron, and typically the flying is mostly performed by the senior members anyway. If you need more specific information about the local area, feel free to pm me. Good luck.
     

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