Seeking an apprentice

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Seeking an apprentice

Postby drseti » Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:30 pm

Regular participants on this forum will be aware that I've devoted the past four years to developing a modestly successful flight school, specializing in LSA and the Sport Pilot rating. I happen to believe this initiative represents the future of general aviation, and have embraced it quite enthusiastically. Up until now, I've kept the operation small, so I can concentrate on developing new curriculum and assessing its effectiveness.

At age 67, I realize my flying years are mostly behind, not ahead of me. I will eventually want to retire (again, for the fourth time!) but hate to think all this effort was wasted. Rather than simply shut down my school in a few years, I wish I had someone to turn it over to. Someone who shares my vision for a GA renaissance facilitated by the LSA initiative, as well as sharing my teaching style and level of commitment. As every CEO knows, a suitable successor is hard to find, unless you groom and train him or her yourself.

Which brings me to the point of this post. I am ready to interview for an apprentice, ideally a young person who shares my twin passions of teaching and flying, who wants to work with me for a few years learning everything I've picked up in over 50 years of flying and 40 years of teaching, someone who's always wanted to run his or her own flight school, who wants to learn the business end of running a business, and who would like to acquire an established and successful one some day.

I'm not particularly interested in training a bunch of folks who simply want to start their own businesses. I'm specifically looking for an heir, a successor. I seek someone with as much commitment as I have. As such, I will employ some rather unconventional techniques in screening candidates, as I would rather close my school outright than have it morph away from my personal educational vision and business model. I'll admit I'm an idealist. So would I expect my successor to be.

Anyone interested, please email or PM me. Feel free to share this post with other potential candidates. This will not happen quickly, but like estate planning, should not be put off indefinitely.
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Re: Seeking an apprentice

Postby RyanShort1 » Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:36 pm

I'm assuming that the potential candidate should be willing to move to your location?

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Re: Seeking an apprentice

Postby drseti » Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:49 pm

Well, yes, Ryan. That's probably easier than moving my airport. :wink:
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Re: Seeking an apprentice

Postby David » Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:02 pm

Yoda, I would love to take you up on becoming a Jeti. But at this time in my life the force isn’t aligned.

Paul a short high-jack of your thread – are you going to SnF?

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Re: Seeking an apprentice

Postby drseti » Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:12 pm

Sadly no, David. Starting a new academic term on 1 April, and up to my wingtips with new students.
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Re: Seeking an apprentice

Postby David » Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:14 pm

I understand - glad it is a low wing, Still plan on getting up there soon.

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Re: Seeking an apprentice

Postby Jack Tyler » Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:49 pm

Paul, you are off on yet another grand quest...and I wish you the very best in your search.
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Re: Seeking an apprentice

Postby drseti » Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:56 pm

Thanks, Jack. Any chance your son would want to run a flight school when he gets out of the Navy?
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Re: Seeking an apprentice

Postby Aerco » Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:39 pm

How is your quest for a successor going?

My own journey to become a CFI was rudely interrupted by needing eye surgery last year - and of course, health insurance being what it is, refused to pay. Had to spend all my money set aside for the Commercial and CFI on my eyes instead. The upside is I can see better than I have ever been able to before in my life ( I used to be terribly shortsighted). I started the CFI thing when I discovered you could do that with only a Class 3 medical. Now I can probably even get a Classs2 with a SODA (left eye is maybe 20/25, just outside the limits - but right is better than20/15!), not that I need it.

You should re-locate your school to warmer climates - CA or FL!
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Re: Seeking an apprentice

Postby drseti » Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:06 pm

Aerco wrote:How is your quest for a successor going?


No nibbles yet. That may be because the next generation doesn't believe in the apprenticeship model. They mostly want to start at the top and work their way up from there. (Damn, I'm starting to sound like an old fart! :( )

My own journey to become a CFI was rudely interrupted by needing eye surgery last year


Sorry to hear that. I wish you a full and speedy recovery.

Now I can probably even get a Classs2 with a SODA


As a general rule, you should never go for a medical certificate level higher than the minimum required for what you want to do. Any denial can cost you your SP privileges.

You should re-locate your school to warmer climates - CA or FL!


Unfortunately, though I could (and may well) relocate myself to warmer climes, relocating an established business is not a viable option. The greatest marketable value of the school is the investment involved in establishing it in a given locale. The hangar and office lease, goodwill with the local community leadership, reputation of the school, and value of four years of extensive local advertising and favorable press coverage are not exactly portable. Plus, the advantage of being the only Sport Pilot training facility and LSA rental FBO within 100 miles would vaporize in places like FL and CA, where there are competing flight schools on every corner. :(. Right now, I'm attracting students from NY and NJ. How likely is it they'd drive to FL or CA just to fly with me? :wink:
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Re: Seeking an apprentice

Postby RyanShort1 » Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:36 pm

You should look for a homeschool student interested... many of them (me included) still believe in the apprenticeship methods...

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Re: Seeking an apprentice

Postby Horatio » Sat Apr 27, 2013 5:36 pm

If only I were 25 years younger... sounds like a great opportunity.
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Re: Seeking an apprentice

Postby drseti » Sat Apr 27, 2013 5:56 pm

Hey, if I were only 25 years younger, I'd take me up on it!
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Re: Seeking an apprentice

Postby Merlinspop » Thu May 02, 2013 8:37 am

Paul,

I'd love to take you up on that offer, except for:

- Young kids that insist on eating regularly and seem to prefer a solid roof overhead
- An upside down mortgage in a (distant) DC suburb
- Assortment of debt obligations that like to be serviced with annoying regularity

My wife works from home so she's not tied to an office. I commute in to DC every day, which takes about 4 hours all together, on top of the 8 hours of work, which means I have very little time with my two sons (11 and almost 3), and practically no time whatsoever to do selfish things, like go flying. So, short of saying that I'm sort of trapped in this wholly unsatisfactory rat hole that I've dug myself into, I'll just say that it doesn't look like current circumstances allow me to take advantage of this intriguing opportunity.

Other than that...

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Re: Seeking an apprentice

Postby drseti » Thu May 02, 2013 8:48 am

Bruce, it's funny how life keeps getting in the way of one's passions. :wink:
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