"And it all started at DEAN INTERNATIONAL INC,thanks to Robert Dean and Wesley Brady...
The cockpit is my office. It is a plcace where I experience many emotions and learn many lessons. It is a place of work, but also a keeper of dreams. It is a place of deadly serious encounters, yet there I discovered much abnout life from the other side and delighted to have a new perspective now. I learned about joy and sorrow, pride and humility, fear and overcoming fear and continue to do so. I saw much from this office that most people would never see. At times it terrified me, yet I could always feel at home there. It is my place, at that time in space, and the jet is mine for many moments. Don't knmow about dying but the cockpit is a place where I truly live."
"To all my Dean Family! I have really fond memories of working at Dean International. Extremely Grateful to the school for allowing me to gain so much knowledge and improve my piloting skills, which became the stepping stone that launched my career as a Commercial Pilot."
Our former Italian Flight Instructor is now working as an Airline Pilot.
Marco Daniel Balarezo Villagran from Ecuador Flying with Tame Airlines.
"My dreams could not have been realized if I wouldn't have been part of the Dean International family. Thank you Robert, thanks to all my co-workers, fand thanks to all of my students!"
"Working at AirTran and I'm really enjoying it. I'm a First Officer on the 717. I will never forget my aviation roots at Dean International!"
Instructor Ravi Khullar now flies with US Airways.
Michael Whitice with Qatar Airlines
"Will never forget my time of flight training at Dean International. I am now working as a First Officer at TACA and am enjoying every moment of it. "
Dean International flight instructor and alumnus Manuel Perales flies an MD-80 as first officer. Picture taken at Miami Intl Airport.
Dean alumnus Alvaro Londoño currently flies with Tampa Cargo. He says of his experience at Dean: "I want to take this opportunity to thank you for giving me the chance to build my experience and expand my knowledge in Dean International. Because of the flight time I was able to built flight instructing, I got the experience needed to apply to an airline in Colombia."
Ankit Sood flying for a Private company in India
FAA Inspectors from Miami FSDO keeping current in one of our Multi Engine Beechcraft Duchess.
Airline Pilot David Ramirez flying for Republic Airlines.
"141 is the way to go. It was challenging at first going from a Cessna to a 65,400 lb. aircraft, but thanks to your training, everything well smoothly".
Dear Mr. Dean / Mam Elisa, My Honorable Instructors and Colleagues,
I wish to inform everyone that I am all set to move. I have spent a most worthwhile time at Dean International with all of you. It is now about time to take more challenging paths to fullfill my life’s ambition. Everyone in this floor has been real source of inspiration to me, I have learnt from each person in this flying institute, which will help me in achieving new horizons in my professional life. I feel pangs of pain when I think of leaving this place, however, I am taking along with me life long relationships with best friends, greatest colleagues, and ideal mentors. I strongly recommend other students to join this esteemed institute, without any fear, to achieve your goals and targets as this is the right place for your dreams to come true. Finally, while taking this opportunity to thank all of you for the help and support rendered to me during my tenure with Dean International, I would like to personally wish everyone a great career and prosperous future.
Dear Mr. Dean
I am so glad to tell you that i am finally done with a total of 400 hours of flying time on the Airbus 320. Imaged above, was our graduation ceremony.
Before I write my review, there are a couple of things I need to point out first. One, apart from Dean International, I have trained in 3 other schools and visited many others. One of my friends is a Flight School Consultant in California. So I have a general idea abouot how things are 'supposed' to work and what kind of practices result in a school getting shut down. I personally trained in a school that had so many problems with International students, that it went bankrupt and finally closed up shop. Second, at the time of writing this review, I am done with my training at Dean. So I am under no coercion to speak good about the school. This review is MY opinion meant to help out future students who are looking for a good school among the hundreds in the US.
I came to Dean a little over a month ago for my Single Engine Commercial Add On and a few hours of time building each on the Seneca and the C-152. I hate to start a review with the cons but here are the two most glaring ones. First, communicating with Dean International while in India was not a smooth experience to say the least. I know there are a lot of students in Dean and even more people who send emails on a daily basis, many of whom ask questions just for the heck of it without being serious about coming down here. And this is not just emails. Even while you are training, even though you are among the serious ones, who want to train and get done as soon as possible, there will be times you will be given the same treatment as the ones who 'plan to be here for quite some time', if you know what I mean. Not that I am saying you wont be able to finish your training lightning quick at Dean. I got done with everything I was here for in little over a month. That is around 75 hours of flight time including the days where I couldnt fly due to the weather (Hurricane Sandy and all that awesomeness). But its frustrating to see sometimes not getting permissions to do simple things just because some other careless student decided to be irresponsible with the aircrafts.
The second 'issue' in my opinion, is the fact that there are no conventional 'batches' in Dean. With that what happens is you are not at the same stage as anyone else, which makes getting adjusted and settled in as a new student a little difficult, especially if this is the first time you are out of your homes (which I know is the case with many of you).
Now onto the thing that is most important to you as a pilot; training. The standard time one gets done from Zero to CPL (SE and ME) at Dean International is 7-8 months. Maintainance does a good job, the staff is extremely helpful. All the instructors I have come across and trained with at Dean are amazing. Now if you think that means they will just sign you off without you being good at your maneuvers, then think again. But thats not going to be an issue as they train you so well, you will never find yourself flying/ training more than you have to. The controllers on the ground and tower are understanding and help out students as much as they possibly can. Mr. Robert Dean, apart from being an outstanding pilot himself, is also the perfect person to be running such a large school. Make no trouble, fly responsibly and you will see what a joy it is to be flying at Dean. Not to mention the brilliant views you get to see every single day you fly. The shores, beaches, runways disappearing into the oceans. Makes you feel proud to be a pilot.
You might chose to say that the issues I have mentioned in the first part of my review are not issues really. And I do agree to a certain extent. However, seeing as how Dean International is one of the most renowed and popular flight training schools in the US, I do hold it to a higher standard.
In short, if you want to really feel like a pilot before you get into the big jets, if you are serious about flying and about having a strong fundamental knowledge of it, you simply cannot go wrong with Dean International.
My nephew Feroze attended CPL-level training on single- and multi-engine aircraft at Dean International Flight School in Miami, FL, USA from July 2009 to December 2009.
This is to put on record that the training imparted by the school was of a high quality and quite consistent with the industry standards.
The academic atmosphere and the administrative arrangements were indeed very good. I wish the school continued success in the future.
Thanks to the Dean International family, for making me what I am today.
Thank you so much for receiving us at your flight school and taking so much time from your busy schedule to give us the tour. I was truly inspired by the energy and dedication of your school in making the training a positive and productive experience for the students.
I truly appreciate the hard work that to do on a daily basis to make sure the students are properly trained and ready for work once they graduate from your school.
[…] Again, I thank you most sincerely for your time, your energy, and the courtesy you extended to us during your visit.
I wish Dean International success and a bright future.
19-day Private Pilot License: "I got my PPL!!!! I am really happy! Thanks for everything!…we managed to get everything done on time! Once again thank you so much for this opportunity and for making these days the most exhausting but and most amaizing days! If I ever do any other rating, you can be completely sure that I will be back!"
Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that 2 out of the 3 pilots in the cockpit, a few months ago, were alumni of Dean International.
I was commuting home and had to ride up in the cockpit jumpseat. I had flown with the captain before, but never met the first officer. After our customary introductions we were on our way. It wasn't until we where chatting, while on a ground stop, that we discovered we grew up within miles of each other, went to rival high schools, and both attended Dean International.
Geoffrey Livesay went on to tell me about how Ra Schooly was his flight instructor. He went on to say how his father had an agreement with you that Geoff would only attend if you placed him with your sharpest instructor. I told him I couldn't have agreed more with your decision. Geoff also explained how many of the techniques he had learned at Dean Int'l he utilized as a flight instructor himself. I went on to sing the praises of Mr. "Fantastic" and everyone that made the flight school a success.
I hope this finds you doing well. My best to you and continued success for Dean International.