Flight Training On Vancouver Island?

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wannaflymore
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Flight Training On Vancouver Island?

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Hi everyone.

I'm new to that forum so I hope i'm posting at the right place.
I moved recently to Vancouver Island, BC and I am planning on starting a PPL as soon as possible, then maybe go commercial if all goes well.
I looked at the schools rates online and after doing my math I found out that it might be less pricey to buy an aircraft and do my training on it, mostly for the CPL and time building.
Anyone has some advice on a school that would let me use my own aircraft or do they all want to rent their own aircraft? Also, does anyone have any feedback about the island flight schools? I visited the Victoria Flying Club and they seem ok but they seem to be the only ones in victoria and they won't do training on my own aircraft...
Thanks guys.
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There were a lot more choices on Vancouver Island when I did my training and I still couldn't find anyone to train on my aircraft. Ended up flying down to Victoria and using the school's plane for dual flights and mine for the solo time. Looking back on it I think I should have found a school in Vancouver since it wasn't much further but I was young and stupid and wasn't worried about the money.
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Hi Wannafly
You might want to check this guy: comeflywithme.ca, if you want to do your training with your aircraft.
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Not sure if you’ve checked out https://www.sealandflight.com/ but I’ve heard good things.
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Yes, I did check them out but they're in Campbell River... too far for my old car and that would screw my finance for sure. I'm surprised an airport like Victoria doesn't have more flight schools... Anyone knows why?
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There used to be more schools. SkyPacific stopped operating last year. I don't know why since they were quite busy. All flight schools had crazy nuts waiting lists. VFC tell new students they'll have to wait at least a year before they can start training. So yeah, there should be more flight schools around.
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Vic flying club has been competitive in the past. Did they not meet your expectations?
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Well, when I talked to them I mentioned that I would probably want to do the training on my own aircraft but they didn't seem crazy about that idea.
The solution might be a freelance instructor...
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