Great value

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Submitted by Aled W on Sun, 10/01/2021 - 12:36

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I studied an integrated course at BCFT (APA) which I thoroughly enjoyed. It began with ground school for which BCFT have a good variety of instructors, each with different teaching styles which keep the lessons interesting, the class sizes were also small which provided a customer focused product for everyone. However, success in the ground school does rely on putting pretty much anything else on hold, it’s very high intensity learning & cannot be undertaken on a half hearted basis. 
 

After completing my theoretical exams I was sent to FIT Aviation (a partner company of BCFT) in Florida, USA to complete my hours building and MECPL. The facilities and level of instruction in Florida were both fantastic with modern aircraft, all with full glass Avidyne Avionics suites. The aircraft were also very well maintained so always in good flying order. The freedom of the US airspace system and fair weather also added to the experience of hours building. The extra curricular activities available in Florida outside of flying were really great too - as there’s plenty of room for other persuits outside of flying. 
 

I then returned to the UK to complete my IR, which at first was a slight shock to the system, having developed some bad habits from my time flying in the US (Mainly on the radio). This made the transition to European flying more difficult than it could’ve been - but the instructors are aware and are very supportive and helpful so make it easy to develop the new habits. In the Bournemouth base, aircraft availability during the IR was also a bit of a struggle. Integrated students are prioritised as they’re on a stricter time scale than modular students, but due to the high volume of students and age of the aircraft, it was still sometimes an issue. Having said that, I did manage to complete all of my training in 16 months start to finish which is extremely impressive. And at great value too, overall very happy with the experience I had at BCFT. 

Course(s) taken: Integrated

General

Facilities

3

Atmosphere

4

Student Support

3

Customer Service

4

Communication

4

Graduation Support

3

Social Life

5

Aircraft

Overall aircraft rating

3

Aircraft Availability

2

Aircraft Reliability

2

Aircraft Age

2

Aircraft Maintenance

Theoretical Training

Quality of Instruction

4

Instructors Per Student

4

Extra Tuition Support

4

Value for Money

4

Learning Material

4

Classroom Overall

4

Class Size

4

Class/Life Balance

3

Practical Training

Quality of Practical Instruction

3

School Manuals

2

Lesson Regularity

3

Standard Operating Procedures

3

Practical Instructors per Student

3

Lesson Scheduling

3