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I finished this course one week ago , good ground school, good teachers I recommend it so much .

 

Wojcjech Nowicki

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I am glad I joined here , really good flight school , good equipment and they take good care of the students… would definitely recommend it to anyone…

Ashween Kumar

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This school is the best achool . it is supporting to the student who are going to come who came and who are gone honestly.

Yash Vyas

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Thank you Avel Flight School!! I had an absolute blast with Prshant in the air! I HIGHLY recommend lessons at Avel if learning to fly an airplane is something that you wish to learn. Prshant was patient, kind, and extremely knowledgeable!

I can now put a check mark next to “fly an airplane,” on my bucket list!!

Thanks, Avel!

Vickie Matich

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Signed up for the 7 day intensive ground school course. I had been studying on my own for over a year. The instructor, Prashanth Elangovan, brings it all together in the class. The day after the class was completed I took the FAA exam and achieved an impressive score that I was quite pleased with. If you’re considering getting into aviation I urge you to take this class. The FAA exam is one of the tasks you have to successfully complete to obtain your Pilot’s License. The 7 Day Ground School Course helps make it possible.

Michael Carrigan

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I recently joined Avel Flight School and i can say that my experience so far has been fantastic. The ground school is very informative as the teaching personnel makes sure you are prepared for the examinations. The flying aspect of this school is also very good. Overall, I would recommend Avel Flight School to anyone seeking a private pilot license – it prepares you well for all the examinations and helps you gather the experience and skill required to become a good pilot. I am very thrilled that I joined this particular school. I have taken the decision after carefully assessing other schools in this field and today i am happy that i made a good decision in joining Avel Flight School. All the best to all the staffs and instructors at the school.

Andrees

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I recently finished my Aircraft Dispatcher Course here . I was able to finish it within 3 weeks , they had very experienced dispatcher instructors come over to teach us and the check ride actually ended up being very easy , thanks to they way this school prepared us.

Ashween Kumar

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I got my husband an introductory flight here for his birthday- he loved it!!! He said the instructor was awesome, and they were really flexible to schedule with. Now he just wants to go back and flu some more! Thank you!!

Heather Graf

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I took a Discovery flight at Avel on April 18, 2015.  It was a gift from my partner who knows I’m a big fan ofvideo games (recently lots of space sims) and had always been curious about flight.

But enough about me, let’s talk about the experience.  I arrived in beautiful Schamburg on a sleepy Saturday morning and wound my way down into the Avel offices where I found Prashanth being briefed on the morning’s weather reports.  He politely invited me to sit at the desk while he finished up and then told me why even when it’s a beautiful day to be outside, it might not be a great day for flying.

After a brief chat about what we’d be doing and taking care of paperwork, we went into another office where they conduct their training classes.  Prashanth had a few toy planes and printouts of instruments and went through all the important information that I’d need to know about the flight.  Knowing most of the information about basic movement and what parts of the plane cause them from past experience (ie. video games) I processed that information pretty quickly and moved onto the instrumentation.  The diagrams were helpful, and it was certainly nice to get that information digested before being in the plane.  Likely important for any casually curious pilot, we didn’t spend too long before heading out to the tarmac, though Prashanth was happy to answer any questions I had.

Out on the tarmac after Prashanth conducted the morning’s checks of the craft, we hopped in.  I had somemore curious questions for him about other planes at the airport (there is an interestingly parked rear-prop plane) and about how the plane worked (it does make sense to have fuel in both wings, but I was unaware).

Once we hopped in and made final checks, we did a little taxiing and Prashanth had me get have the controls a bit as we were moving towards the runway.  Prashanth handled takeoff and for any of you who have not flown in a small craft before, takeoff is weird but fun.  It’s a bit like driving on ice.

Once we were at a good altitude, Prashanth released the controls to me.  We flew in a large and meandering figure-8.  This part of the flight was obviously the most fun.  As I was flying, Prashanth pointed out some of the nearby landmarks and directed me where to go.  After a few turns and attempting to maintain the right altitude, I had the hang of things and flying was a fantastic experience.  Though, time flies when you’re having fun flying and it was soon time to bring the plane back down.

Prashanth took back the controls and brought us down for a smooth landing once close enough to the airport.  He thanked me for flying with him and complimented my performance where deserved.  A couple weeks later I received a nice looking certificate to commemorate my discovery flight.

In summary, the experience was great.  I wasn’t looking for a tourist activity, so Prashanth had the type of professional, polite, and too the point personality that put the emphasis on flying.  I did have a great time, and I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in flying.

Stephen. V

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I am a pilot and fly out of Schaumburg airport. They would be a good place for your flight training.

Bob.B

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Thank you Avel Flight School!! I had an absolute blast with Prshant in the air! I HIGHLY recommend lessons at Avel if learning to fly an airplane is something that you wish to learn. Prshant was patient, kind, and extremely knowledgeable! I can now put a check mark next to “fly an airplane,” on my bucket list!! Thanks, Avel!

Vickie Matich 

 

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Prashanth, I sincerely want to thank you and your team for helping me to complete my ground school with great success. Being new to flying and loving every minute of it, It was great to have the confidence to pass my ground school certification thru your efforts of professionalism, vast experience, Diligence and your true interest in helping me succeed. I cant thank you enough for all your efforts, support and always being there for me when needed. You continue to make flying one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had. Keep up the excellent work! Randall A Schaumburg Il 
Randall Amundsn

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Following an introductory flight with Prashanth Elangoval who is the president and chief flight instructor at Avel, I signed up for the Private Pilot Ground School that he was teaching starting the next week. He is a very knowledgeable tutor who can balance theory with practical first hand anecdotes that serve you well as you begin logging flight hours. We used a combination of slides, the Gleim Kit and ASA PrepWare as we worked towards the proficiency needed to clear the FAA knowledge test. Classroom mockups include model aircraft, propellers, and a few flight instruments. The school flies a Piper PA38 Tomahawk. The course compresses a lot of information into around 50 classroom hours over 10 days, but you will need to prepare as well to do justice to the material that Prashanth whets your appetite on.
Karthik Bharathan

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Prashanth,
I wanted to take a moment and sincerely thank you and your team who assisted me in achieving my ground school certification.
This would have been much harder without your diligence, your efforts and concern.
You pushed me to get this completed and has moved me forward by great lengths in achieving the ultimate goal, for me to complete my private pilot certification.
This is not the last of me, I look forward to seeing you soon.
Sincerely,
Thank you!

Randy Amundsen
IL

 

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I December, I took a ground school prep course for the Private Pilot written test with Avel Flight School. Prashanth was the instructor for the course, and boy was it effective. I’ve fooled around with flight sims before, but he taught the ins and outs that I needed to be able to pass the FAA’s knowledge test (I passed with a 90% on my first try).
The course was done in one week, and it fit around my work schedule nicely. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone looking to work towards their private pilot license.

Mike.J

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I have been interested in learning to fly for a while now. So I shopped around for places that do discovery flights to see which ones would be cheaper and I came across this school.

Not only were they the most reasonably prices but the staff was extremely friendly as well. The administrator Lauren and the owner Prashanth really helped me understand the different courses that they offer and that the discovery flight would be the best starting option for me to see if I even like being up in the air. The hour discovery flight was amazing!!! I did not think that I would be the one flying the plane but I did for the whole hour!! You get a brief but thorough over view of the plane and what you will be doing.  Then you get taken up into the air where you get to fly the plane as much as you and/or  the instructor feel comfortable (other then take off and landing, they do that!!!)

Once I got back they gave my a certificate with my name on it showing that I had taken the discovery flight. Since I am interested in getting my private pilot license they also told me about a free ground school that they were offering at the time and that I guess they offer several times a year. You put money down to save your spot and after you pass the test in the time they give you, you get that money back!!! They said that would be a good step for me to go in to see if I even like it and if i do and i decide to finish my private license they will put that money toward the rest of the course!!

I was shocked at how much they were offering the private course for, for I have looked at several other school in Illinois and ALL of them were 4-7 THOUSAND dollars more. And on top of that they are a part 141 sand 61 school, one of only two in Illinois. I cant wait to sign up for the next free ground school they offer and hopefully after that finish my whole private pilot license 🙂

Amber. A

 

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I have been flight instructing in Chicago for the last 35 years. I have known Prashant for two years. His Piper Tomahawk is well maintained and he is an excellent instructor. He has an FAA Part 141 school which has a demanding curriculum. I am not aware of any other such schools in the area that is Part 141 approved. This combined with his years of experience give the students the most for their money. He loves teaching people to fly and if you give him a chance you quickly recognise you made a wise choice.

T here are many schools that simply give new instructors on the job training at the students expense. . This is not the case with Prashant. You will benefit each minute you spend with him. Furthermore, Avel is a Part 141 school. The FAA requires a much higher maintenance standard on Part 141 aircraft. For example, the engine is not allowed to be operated beyond the manufacturers recommended 2000 hours before overhaul even if it runs like a watch. If a flight school is not Part 141, they can and do operate that engine well beyond the 2000 hours and many do just that to save $25,000 on an overhaul bill.I have flown for 4 different air lines and find that Avel’s Piper Tomahawk is maintained just as goodl or better than any of the airline planes I flew.In this depressed economy it is hard for many to come up with the cash necessary to complete their license. It might be in their best interest to negotiate a discounted hourly rate in return for flying10 hours per month or more. It has been my experinece that students will average 70 hours flying time and 40 hours ground instruction, before they get their private pilot license. Of the 70 hours flying time, about 40 hours is with the instructor. The above instruction should cost close to $10,000 at todays prices. If you are a fast learner, it will be less.
Sincerely Yours,
Jonathan Charnes

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March 7, 2013
 
Avel Flight School
905 W. Irving Park Road
Schaumburg, Illinois 60193Dear Prashanth Elangovan,Thank you for accepting our invitation to be “part of the solution to homelessness” by participating in West Suburban PADS’ 15th annual Have-a-Heart Gala.
Your silent auction donation of a one hour flight lesson and one hour in the air helped make this our biggest fundraiser in PADS’ 21-year history!
With your support, hundreds of men, women and families will have access to the programming and resources they need to begin the transition back to stable housing. If you have questions or want to know more about the impact of your investment in PADS’ solution to homelessness, please give us a call.  You also can visit us virtually, online, at www.westsuburbanpads.org , www.facebook.com/wspads and on Twitter @westsubPADS.
Thank you for helping us open doors, build futures and end homelessness for the people we serve.
Sincerely,
Lynda Schueler                                                 Jon & Cathy Gilfillan
Executive Director                                           Have-a-Heart Gala Co-Chairs
708.338.1724, ext. 223                                    312.420.4705

 

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 I just completed the intense ground school (45+ hours in 7 days). The instructor, Prashanth, did an amazing job covering all the necessary topics in such a short amount of time. The instructors are very knowledgeable, experienced, and generous with their time. Even more surprising, the instructor made himself available 24/7 to give us individual attention!!! I had absolutely zero aviation knowledge entering the class, yet passed the FAA written exam with flying colors. I can’t wait to begin my flight training with Avel Flight School 😉
 

Mario Lopez
IL

 

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I just passed my Private Pilot Exam (August 1, 2013) with Avel Flight School. I really enjoyed time spent at the school and learning all there is about aviation for PPL. I’ve met and learnt from 3 different instructors, who really took care of me. They always had time for me and explained everything until they were 100% sure I understood it. People there are really friendly and knowledgeable, which is very important when you spend countless hours in ground school for preparation for your exams. When time for check ride came, I was well prepared, therefore, passing the exams was just a formality to become who I always wanted to be – a pilot. I will be coming back to Avel for my Instrument Rating soon. I really highly recommend them for anything related with aviation. 

Konrad Stasiukiewicz
IL

 

The two day private pilot ground school course given by Prashanth Elangovan of Avel Flight School was outstanding.  While any student can read the technical information and concepts presented in various aviation training publications, Prashanth has the remarkable ability to take that information and those concepts and present them in a concise, straightforward, easy to understand manner.  His knowledge of aviation theory, real first hand flying experience and, his ability to use simple sketches and clear examples from the real world to explain, often times, complex and detailed subject matter, makes him a pleasure to learn from.
 
Steve P.
Mundelein, IL
 

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I was recently given the gift of flight by my wife via a living social coupon.  Having never flown before I was very nervous about the experience although I always dreamed of learning to fly.  Prashanth, the owner, provided a memorable experience that I’ll never forget.  As I began my ground lesson he was very patient and allowed me to ask many questions as he explained the basics of the airplane and the flying procedure.  My major concern was safety but after his explanations I felt very comfortable knowing that I was being trained by competent company.  Although I was very nervous during our initial flight   he was clever enough to allow for a stop at another airport before continuing the flight which allowed me to relax between stops and feel more comfortable with the second flight.  It was the second flight that convinced me that flying was good idea for me and something I should pursue more seriously in the very near future.  I later did further research and found out that the flight school was a Federal Aviation Administration Part 141 approved flight school.  Once I realized this is the closest school to where I live in Oak Park with this designation and only one of eleven in the state, I knew that they would be the school I would choose for my additional training.  I therefore enthusiastically recommend Avel Flight School in Schaumburg for  anyone looking to start their journey towards their pilots license.
Tony.H
IL

 

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I recently joined Avel Flight School and i can say that my experience so far has been fantastic. The ground school is very informative as the teaching personnel makes sure you are prepared for the examinations. The flying aspect of this school is also very good. Overall, I would recommend Avel Flight School to anyone seeking a private pilot license – it prepares you well for all the examinations and helps you gather the experience and skill required to become a good pilot. I am very thrilled that I joined this particular school. I have taken the decision after carefully assessing other schools in this field and today i am happy that i made a good decision in joining Avel Flight School. All the best to all the staffs and instructors at the school.
 
Andrew Thomas
IL
 

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My Name is Thomas Abraham and I have enrolled with Avel Flight school. The chief officer of the school was fantastic and the set up has been excellent. The owner of the school Mr. Prashant was exceptionally knowledgeable in his field. Although Flying was a new field for me but it was the extraordinary skill of the school that FLYING looks like a piece of cake for me now. One of the main reason or rather the main reason of me liking FLYING is because the way we have been taught in the class. The teaching method has been in form of “STORY TELLING” and we can forget the lesson but not anything taught in form of a story. Keep it up my friends at AVEL FLIGHT SCHOOL. I recommend this school to everyone and anyone who is interested in starting their carrier in FLYING or take FLYING as a hobby. Keep it up!!!!!
  
Thomas Abraham
IL

 

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The free two day private pilot ground school course given by Prashanth Elangovan of Avel Flight School was very informative. I needed to get a better understanding of the theory behind flying before making the decision to join flight school and the free ground school course gave me the confidence to move ahead.  Prashanth’s experience and knowledge in flying together with his teaching skills make him a very talented flight instructor. I look forward to taking flying lessons from his school.

Susan

 

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Really great experience!!! Friendly and knowledgeable staff and an awesome adventure to boot!

Amy Chalom

 

 

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