It's always our goal for our students to finish our courses and feel confident in what they have learned and can apply when flying. Here is an example of a satisfied student for which we are grateful!
December 5, 2006
Mr. Reece Howell
Howell Enterprises, Inc.
661 Fitzhugh Blvd, Suite 110
Smyrna, TN 37167
I thought you might like to have my comments regarding my recent training at Howell Enterprises.
First, though, I think I should tell you that my original thought regarding the newly released FSB was anything but generous. When I read through the proposed re-qualification requirements I felt they were onerous and really uncalled for. I felt the maneuvers were much like the type ratings I had taken years ago for the Lear and Citation, but you only need to pass that one time. Now that I have taken the flight and ground portion and passed, I think I have a much different attitude.
First and foremost, I want to say that I have always been impressed by your knowledge of the MU2 and your skills honed over the years as a Check Airman for teaching and evaluating pilots both student and highly qualified. It is the combination of these traits that finalized my decision on where to take my training.
That said I had to look carefully at the FAA’s generalization that the MU2 is a different and thus more difficult airplane to fly under some conditions. If you accept that premise, how could you consider either being trained by someone whose credentials according to the FSB requirement, could be less than your own, or how could you consider manipulating a flight training device (FTD) that does not correctly provide the same tactile inputs as flying the actual airplane?
And I am not alone in that thought process. I spent a great deal of my time discussing these factors with my classmate who has over 18,500 hours in Mitsubishi’s alone. We both feel strongly that the only instructors that should train in this airplane are those with vast amounts of real experience in MU2’s. And if the FAA doesn’t think that is necessary, then they should change their minds about how difficult this airplane is to fly. The choice of where to train becomes obvious.
Now as for the training itself:
Do I think I benefited?
Do I feel more competent?
Do I think the FAA made a good decision?
Am I really better trained now?
Would I do the eight hours all over again?
Did you correct some bad habits that had built over the years?
The answer is a resounding YES to all of these questions.
I truly feel that I benefited immensely from your help and your experience.
You have a gift for flying the MU2 and I hope you transferred some of this to me. I feel more confident in the MU2 having explored some of these maneuvers and are yet again convinced that this is a safe and efficient plane for the serious pilot.
The program that you have put together is efficient, complete, and just plain good fun.
As I mentioned to you before I left, you will see me next year. And as I stated, I would like to fly the complete re-qualification each year even though only re-current would be required. The value is just to good to pass up.
Now don’t change this, but your price for school and the cost of running the airplane are still less than the cost for FTD training. If you look at the return on investment from your training curriculum, you and Ronald win hands down.
Thanks to you, Joyce and Ronald for making this FSB training successful for me. I will certainly tell every MU2 pilot I know that your school is the best deal going.
Feel free to use me as a reference. Anyone that wants to may call me at either of the two numbers listed on the letterhead and I will be glad to answer any of their questions.
Thanks again for all of your help.
Very truly yours,
James H Burton, III