They know how to build on your strengths!


For pilots searching for a school to do their Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL), Multi-Engine Piston (MEP) rating, and Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR).

I did my whole Commercial Pilot Licence Training through Aviation South West in Exeter and it was a great overall experience. Let me address some of the basic questions here.

Time Frame: You will have those odd days of not being able to fly due to the weather. Even so, it took me 12 weeks (3 months) to finish everything. BUT, it would have been possible to do it in 8-10 weeks as I left mid-training to visit family for 2 weeks.

Cost: Very competitive prices for the UK, really. Loved how straight-forward they tell you what the costs are as well. You will be told what is included and what is not included (although I can’t remember anything that wasn’t included in the pricing).

More importantly, it’s what you get out of flying in Exeter. You have the whole of the southwest terrain for the CPL visual flying, then conveniently an airway right after take-off once you start doing your Instrument Rating. You waste no time at all in-flight. Also, the Chief Flying Instructor (CFI) handles all of the CPL students.

Instruction/Instructors: They know how to build on your strengths, and get rid of your weaknesses.

*Special Cases: They’re flexible. If you want to do it full-time, they will get it done. If you have another job and want to pursue your Commercial Pilots Licence around your work schedule, they will find a way to make it happen.
I met others during the course of my stay there, and we were all ‘different cases’ coming from all over the place. (e.g. Plymouth, Bristol, Yeovil, Hastings, etc.)

Accommodation: They can assist you, should you ask for help, but you have Exeter city just a stone throw away. (I stayed in Exeter myself and just had a monthly bus pass to commute to and fro the airport).

*Job-after-training: They prepare you mentally and emotionally for what you can expect once you go job-hunting after training, which I think is the best thing you can teach a student. You might also receive the occasional offer that would come from private charter companies that contact the school directly. In short, they also want you to get employed.

I hope this would give an insight to what you would expect with Aviation South West. If I have missed out on anything from the perspective of a student, please feel free to message me. I will be glad to answer.

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