Flight schools with a DA40 fleet

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Flight schools with a DA40 fleet

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Hello. I'm looking to do an Accelerated PPL on DA40 as I plan to purchase one after getting my license. Can anyone recommend schools good weather locations - AZ, FL or CA. Open to others too.

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Re: Flight schools with a DA40 fleet

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There's one here in the Raleigh NC area. Blueline Aviation. The fleet is primarily Diamond and they do accelerated programs. I can't make a recommendation for or against. I have not flown with them and their reputation is a mixed bag. From what I've seen, the negative is mostly about customer relations. One example was a message they sent to their students when they discovered they were also renting for fun at another airport. The tone was pretty much, "if you have enough time for fun flying, we'll fill it for you!" But if you are looking accelerated, you might not care about that.

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Re: Flight schools with a DA40 fleet

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Planning to try out CRAFT in Charleston, SC for an accelerated commercial/multi in late October/early November. They have 40s and at least one 42. I'll come back with a PIREP afterward.

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Re: Flight schools with a DA40 fleet

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There's another one here in Roanoke, VA KROA - Star Flight Training. They have 4 or 5 DA40's a couple DA20's and a DA42, plus their own maintenance facility to keep them going. They also have a RedBird full-motion simulator set up like a DA40. I know they have an online scheduling system, where I think you can sign up for as much time as you want on whatever schedule works for you and their CFIs.
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Re: Flight schools with a DA40 fleet

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Hi Kal
I would recommend Blue Line Aviation in Raleigh (soon to be relocated as a company/operation largely to KJNX about 30 miles away where a massive new training center is being built and is soon to be opened, plus BBQ Restaurant...!). I completed my private and instrument ratings with BL and give high marks for professionalism and syllabus. The career pilot program is apparently very popular and successful although I was never a participant. They run almost exclusively Diamond, DA40 NG's and DA 42's for multi training. They have a couple of Cessna's but the maintenance on those has been too high compared to Diamond and they seem to be a secondary option.
My experience was almost without exception positive. I had two check rides with the owner Trey Walters and have observed their growth over the past six years since I first walked in the door for a Discovery Flight. They are very heavy on safety and walk the talk. The planes are well maintained although heavily used as with any flight school. Blue Line recently agreed a purchase order of 50 more DA 40NG's to be delivered in the coming years. As a result of the relationship they have a lot of sway with Diamond on all matters of issues, not the least of which is identifying and addressing recurring maintenance items with Diamond on a regular basis.
Good luck with your choice. DM if you want answers to any specific questions
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Re: Flight schools with a DA40 fleet

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I had a great experience with Angel City Flyers in Long Beach, CA. The entire fleet is Diamond and they have their own shop for maintenance. I don't recall availability of the plane ever being an issue.
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Re: Flight schools with a DA40 fleet

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Colin wrote:
Thu Sep 02, 2021 8:58 pm
I had a great experience with Angel City Flyers in Long Beach, CA. The entire fleet is Diamond and they have their own shop for maintenance. I don't recall availability of the plane ever being an issue.
I can second this, Angel City was recommended to me, and I did transition training there to meet insurance requirements, good experience in busy airspace.

I also took additional training at https://flydiamondtx.com/ after picking up my DA40NG.

While it is a great idea to complete PP in the DA40, you could proceed with training in a metal plane and then transition to DA40 with a few hours of dual.
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Re: Flight schools with a DA40 fleet

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Thank you all. Super helpful. Will check out Blueline and Angel City.
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Re: Flight schools with a DA40 fleet

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One more thing, I'm trying to avoid busy airspace airports for my PPL at least. Lowering the training risk factor. I don't plane to fly commercial so this is really to prepare me for a purchase of a DA40NG down the line training in a safe aircraft and safe airport with minimal heavy jet traffic.
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Re: Flight schools with a DA40 fleet

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Hi Kal,

I also recommend Angel City Flyers in one of their DA40’s where I took my FAA IRA training. Contact CFI/CFII Cary Jones - fabulous instructor. He will also take you through all the airspace criteria. Better to learn in a busy area with full instruction rather than wait until later.

Personally, I would go straight onto the DA40 with glass cockpit rather than train in a legacy aircraft, more especially if you plan on purchasing a DA40 anyway.

Good luck !
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