CPL-SE / IR / CFI Graduate
I had a great experience! Justin Dyson was a great instructor! I was able to get my Instrument rating in two weeks but I wasn’t in a rush. I time built then came back and finished my Commercial in a week and Flight Instructor in a couple more. You are able to do it in the time advertised but you have to really work and be committed as is the case with all accelerated programs. The staff were helpful and accommodating, even scheduled to fly twice a day when I was ready to grind. The atmosphere of everyone solely focuses on flying which is great and perfect for learning. Everyone that was there with was willing to help others out when they had a question or didn’t understand something. The planes are good for training because all the instruments work and as far as the cosmetic parts I’ve seen worse. Weather and maintenance are two things can’t predict or control in aviation but when I was there I didn’t have too much of either.
Gary Briden Junior
Pray Aviation, is everything they advertise and more. Very professional instructors. Feel like I found a goldmine. No waiting 2+ months for a DPE. They have everything you need on site!
Great people at Pray with a friendly and positive atmosphere. Staying on the field during training really helps make the best use of your time here. A student has all of the materials and resources necessary to succeed. The aircraft are older but impressively well maintained and mechanically sound. I did a multi-engine add on to commercial. My instructors were Justin and Stephen. They were both very professional and honest. Overall very pleased.
PPL-SE / IR
I recently just completed my 4 week trip at Pray between Apr – May 19. Prior to setting off, I was personally a little doubtful based on feedback shared by previous students that went in the preceding months, on issues like instructors and aircraft serviceability. Of which, I can safely say I did not experience any! During my 1 month stay there, I was scheduled everyday and completed most of what I set out to do to the best extent possible (*non-achievement goals, thanks to weather).
Instructors: 6 full time instructors. I’ve seen other students fly 10-12 hours with instructors. So you can be sure they have the instructor for you as you need it.
Aircraft: I primarily flew on the single engine. During the steady state, they have had 4 singles up, and 2 twins; there were some other aircraft not included in the numbers above engaged in some form of maintenance. Service state was generally quite good. The 4 singles were sufficient to cater for time builders and those undergoing training with instructors.
Weather: The only bummer during my trip was the weather. Which couldn’t be helped; unusual for Kansas weather for this April – may period. Which resulted in 8 days of weather out.
Accommodation: Sufficient, clean and convenient. Co-located just above the office, the shared spaces are regularly cleaned by a hired staff. Rooms and classrooms were pretty decent. The best thing about staying there was the convenience of the aircraft right at your door step!
Pricing: probably the most competitive prices out there for singles. I can’t comment yet on multi engine training because I have not embarked on it and compared prices.
Admin: admin and ops planning staff were very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful!
In summary, during my stint there, I did not experience the complaints highlighted by previous students. Pray has definitely been actively ironing out issues faced by previous students! Aircraft state, instructor, pricing, admin and accommodation were good. Weather though was not ideal… out of anyone’s control. My advice to any prospective students:
- check with the school as to how many other students are on the same training programme as you during your desired travel period. This will determine how much resources can be allocated to you / other students you need to compete with.
- cater days for weather
- staying in the provided accommodation is really convenient.
- big boy concept. If you have limitations, timelines and requirements to meet, you need to actively work closely with the ops manager to make sure he is kept abreast of your progress and plans you at the rate you can manage. Don’t sit around waiting and expecting to be spoon-fed if you do not take charge of your precious time there.
Great school, greet instructors, great set-up! Thanks Steve S. and team for getting me through my multi in minimal time!