We don't know all of the schools that took advance payments and then did not provide the contracted flight training. But here is a listing of Florida schools that took in over 100 million dollars between them and left students without the training and in debt to the banks.
The recent shutdowns of these major Florida flight schools show how lax the current regulations are for the flight school business in Florida.
05/08/09 Jet University shuts their doors leaving dozens of students without their flight training. Yes the poster boys for the guaranteed First Officer Jet Jobs are no longer in business.
Not that any of us are surprised, but it is the same story over and over. Large amounts paid upfront ($70,000) per student and Jet University does not provide the contracted training.
Jet University shut down on May 08, 2009 after the schools leaseback aircraft were grounded and removed by Premier Aviation.
02/06/09 Another Florida flight School shuts their doors leaving dozens of students without their flight training. This time it's Regional Airline Academy. Hello Florida regulators????? Where are you???
It's the same story over and over. Large amounts paid upfront ($60,000) per student and the flight school doesn't provide the contracted training.
Regional Airline Academy in DeLand abruptly shut down on Friday, February 6th leaving students, that had PREPAID thousands of dollars for their flight training, without their training.
We had been hearing rumors of the impending shutdown of Regional Airline Academy for several months. In fact, there were rumors that the Regional Airline Academy students from India were going to come to Jet University.
Here is the link to the story about the shutdown:
1/29/09 Another Florida School shuts their doors leaving 140 students without their flight training. They had paid over $70,000 each. When are the Florida regulators going to wake up? This is another TEN MILLION DOLLARS ($10,000,000) down the drain.
Silver State collected $70,000 up front from thousands of students. When they closed without notice on February 3, 2008, 2500 students were out $70,000 and did not receive their flight training. There are now over 50 million dollars in student loans outstanding from Silver State. Silver State's Florida flight school was located at the Ft Lauderdale Executive Airport.
Here is the wiki link:
The Silver State training facility was originally located INSIDE the Jet U building and moved out in 2007 to another location just down the street. The final Silver State training facility in Fort Lauderdale was located less than 1/2 a mile from Jet U at KFXE.
ASIAUSA AT DELAND MUNICIPAL AIRPORT SHUTS DOWN JUNE 2008
ASIAUSA LLC, a flight school operated by Elia Golfin at Deland Municipal Airport shut down leaving students without their training and without their money. (Elia Golfin is a familiar name in the aviation training school business and was involved in a number of closed Florida flight schools including Aussie Air, Inc, CAE Aviation International, Inc. and The Pilot Training Academy Florida, Inc.)
The ASIAUSA story was reported by several media outlets including The Daytona Beach News-Journal Newspaper and at least two television stations. The television news story links are no longer available, but here is a link that reports the shutdown:
TAB EXPRESS CLOSES DOORS IN 2005
On June 15, 2005, TAB EXPRESS in DeLand Florida suddenly shut their doors and 80 flight school students (that had paid up to $100,000 each) were not able to continue their paid in advance flight training. There is another 7 million dollars gone. Where are these millions of dollars going?
AIRLINE TRAINING ACADEMY DID THE SAME THING IN 2003
They say that history repeats itself. In February 2003, AIRLINE TRAINING ACADEMY in Orlando suddenly shut their doors leaving 200 students that had paid $60,000 each (in advance) without flight training.
A Bankruptcy was filed. By the time the case left the Bankruptcy court on October 31, 2006, the students (who were owed over 17 millon dollars) received nothing.