Anybody have reviews about Sheble Avi...

Anybody have reviews about Sheble Aviation in Kingman Arizona

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Colorado Springs, CO

#1 Jan 5, 2009
Please let us know.

Colorado Springs, CO

#2 Feb 26, 2009
Maybe you'd like to hear about my experience there.

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Arroyo Grande, CA

#3 Mar 12, 2009
I did my MEL and both CFI add-on (Instrument and Multiengine) ratings with Sheble Aviation in Blythe, Ca in 1991. It was a family owned business then and remains so today. Joe senior hired low-time instructors and gave them the opportunity to build hours while enjoying the classic low desert climate. I had the privilege of dealing with three, very competent instructors and Joe senior for all of my flight checks. The staff went out-of-their-way everyday to make my experience a memorable one. Joe even picked me up every morning at the motel and gave me a ride to the airport. It’s been years since I’ve talked to any of the Sheble staff or family members, but I have high-hopes of using their facilities for a SES and/or MES add-on this coming year. Even though their base of operations has changed, I suspect the quality of instruction has remained the same; outstanding or better. This was my experience and one I will never forget.

Crystal Lake, IL

#4 Sep 23, 2009
I went to sheble on 03 for my cfi, awesome experiance, good instructors and a wellprepared check. also went in 04 for the ii mei, it was the same. also was there last year for the atp, it was a quick in and out with a pass again. you deffinitly have to do allot of your own studying. i do recomend sheble for a rating, when you leave you will then learn how to be a good cfi. it is a different experiance that is for some, and not for others that want to be pampered

Oxnard, CA

#5 Nov 3, 2009
My experience was a little different. I went to Sheble in Laughlin this past april for my AMEL add on. They were in the process of moving from kingman and were completely unorganized. It was a 2 day program that consisted of 20 min of ground 2-3 hours in the air and about 8 hours of standing around just waiting for someone to tell me what was going on. The instructors were good enough and the check ride was easy. But even the examiner didnt know he was giving me my check until about 20 min before hand (joe sr.)

United States

#6 Dec 17, 2009
I went to shebly for my check ride for my private pilots license 8 years ago. joe sr. gave me my check ride and it was great. he cuts through the bull and tells you how it is. I passed my check ride and am about to call them to set up a appt to get my istrument rating.
when I went there for my check ride, I did a few hours with 1 of there new instructors and it turned out I knew more than him when it came to ground school but they just charged me for flying time and my check ride and I was very happy.

Waxahachie, TX

#7 Jan 30, 2010
Just got back from Shebles in Sun Valley(A20) for my Commercial Land & Sea & added a multi Engine rating. I enjoyed it but was prepared for the way the place runs. Keep in mind that they run many programs concurrently & you have to be prepared to do some of your studying during breaks throughout the day. If you show up, suit up, do what is asked of you, & be flexible - you'll get it done ! The only frustration I saw was the folks that expected everything to be scheduled like clockwork & it just doesnt work that way ! Also saw frustration from folks that didn't learn what they were told to study(Go Figure ?).

Will be going back in the fall for my CFI & MEI.
Any questions ? feel free to ask [email protected]

Malibu, CA

#8 Mar 8, 2010
I got all my ratings from Sheble's - Private, Instrument, Commercial Single/Multi. THEY ARE EXCELLENT! If you decide to get a rating through them, be sure to check the schedule before you leave each evening. If you're on the schedule, be sure to get in early - about 7 AM (that's when they open). Each student is first come, first serve - so if you don't show up until ten, you won't get to fly that day. I've shown up as late as 8 AM and got sent to the simulator for the day.
The DPEs associated with the school are top notch - they cut through all the BS and ask very specific questions during the oral. The check ride is up to the DPE, but they are comprehensive and won't sign you off unless they're positive that you won't kill yourself (or someone else). Safety is their main focus.
I've enjoyed Sheble so much that I'll go back for my seaplane rating this summer!
Greg Estrada


#9 Mar 20, 2010
Did my commercial multi commercial and instrument back in 04. Top notch. Did my ATP in sept 09. A+++++ . Very good school. The owners are great and Joe Sheble(jr) was a great examiner. It was a good checkride. Do study before you get there. The instructors make sure you will do fine. They only hire the best instructors. Mine was Ben when I did my atp. He was great. I wouldn't recomend anybody else for a school if want to get a rating. They are a no B.S school. Hard to find these days and the owners want to see you succeed.

Chula Vista, CA

#10 Jul 6, 2010
I did a tail wheel there and it was great. Joe cut thru the BS and got me up to speed in no time. I will be going back for my IFR.

Staffanstorp, Sweden

#11 Jul 14, 2010
Unorganized and definatelly not a '141' type of school. But honest, caring and speedy. Done a few ratings there myself and will be back for the next. Make sure you done the major part your studies before you go there, as with any fast paced course they get more enjoyable and better if you prepare.
Nigel Charles


#12 Dec 6, 2010
Having attended a number of flight schools whereby management team and some of the flight instructors suffered from an overdose of unscrupulous practices, Sheble Aviation sounds like a Blessing in the Skies. And that’s what we aviators really need.

This Cordial and Sincere message comes all the way from Good Old England...


#13 Dec 18, 2010
I did my initial multi instrument commercial in 1992. It was great training because of the layout of the runways at Blythe. The crosswind turn would put you on the downwind for the perpendicular runway, which allowed for amazing efficiencies in engine out pattern work. I returned for my CFII/MEI and my ATP. What I would say about Sheble is you get miminal training. You must know your own limitations afterwards, and to get the most out of the training, you must come in having done a great deal of preparation on your own. Let's be honest, how safe and how good of a CFII/MEI can you be with just one day of training? Joe senior and Joe junior were great.

Los Angeles, CA

#14 Jan 29, 2011
I just got my MEL ticket there. It was fast, no BS, straight to the point. "in and out"!
Julian Storey

Manchester, UK

#15 Feb 20, 2011
Pretty much agree with what's written above.

They're a bit disorganised and you need to be well prepared when you go, but for all that they're decent and honest (which came as a pleasant surprise having been ripped off by an outfit in San Diego) and I've always left with the rating or certificate that I went there for.

I've been to Sheble's three times over the last five years for my Commercial, Instrument and ATP. I now fly for a living and plan on going back to Sheble for a float plane rating when I get a chance.

United States

#16 Jul 6, 2011
Picked up commercial single, multi and seaplane ratings in 4 days in March, 2011. Very enjoyable....a lot of self study expected. Will be back for the multi sea. Loved it!

Tampa, FL

#17 Nov 29, 2011
Ive found multi training in Florida for 240 an hour with everything. Isn't it better to just get the commercial multi done and get more multi time here in Fl? Or just take a road trip and get everything beyond the instrument ticket at Sheble

Visalia, CA

#18 Dec 4, 2011
I just came back from getting my commercial SEL and MEL this weekend. It was a four day course I did in three days. Very competent instruction. I came with no multiple time and left felling confident after five hours. No BS, straight to the point. I did a check ride with both Jr and Sr, and they both know their stuff. Highly recommend them

Colorado Springs, CO

#19 Jan 1, 2012
Just accomplished my Multi Engine ATP in the Beech Travel Air last week. Great place and HIGHLY recommend doing training at Sheble. Very straight forward with the training and they definitely try to get you in and out. They give you the information to study before showing up and cover it all in the morning ground school the first day to make sure everything is understood.
All the planes are at the Sun Valley airport with all of the instrument approaches that I did at either Bullhead City or Needles airfields. I think they had three or four Travel Airs that I flew while there with one having a Garmin 430 that I used on the checkride for both precision and nonprecision approaches.
Stayed at the Avi Resort while there which is actually in NV,(in another time zone) even though its only like 5 miles away. I was an hour late the first day because I forgot about the time zone difference in just that 5 miles.
Lori L

United States

#20 Jan 27, 2012
I just returned from a whirl wind, yet fun, weekend at Shebles. I went there for my AMEL add on to my Commercial. I was more than impressed. Reading all the reviews really did prep me and keep my expectations low. The airport is not much, a bumpy skinny runway, but it works! The 2 instructors I worked with were GREAT! Cameron and Scott. However, instructors come and go.
AMEL add on is only 2 days and goes something like this:
(Please note, I’ve heard it takes other people longer if they aren’t grasping it or the weather is bad. But I had no problem getting it done in time thankfully.)
Day 1 - Two hours of ground school. This is almost one on one time with the instructor, so you can spend more time on areas you aren't grasping. Then I had free time while my instructor flew with another student. I used this time to my advantage by sitting and practicing at the mock up cockpit and studying. I also enjoyed hanging out in the pilot's lounge and getting to know the other students. I flew for 1 hour in extremely windy conditions. Which I did not care for so we kept the lesson short, my instructor wanted me comfortable in the plane. This ended day 1.
Day 2 - I got to Sheble at 6am. Did my checkride paper work, then flew to Hemet, CA for my checkride scheduled for 10am. I got a 2-3 hour lesson on the way there. The weather was perfect and I basically got all my flight training on the way to my checkride. I felt comfortable and ready. We used an examiner in Hemet as the Joe's were not available. The examiner was nice and straight to the point. He didn't ask any odd ball questions. It was one of the best examiners I've had. The oral was 1.5 hours and the flight portion was 1.5 hours. Everything went smooth and I passed while enjoying myself!
We flew back to Sun Valley and I got to log all the time as precious PIC multi time!
I will definitely go back to Sheble. I highly recommend it! Just be prepared to study before hand and you get out of it what you put into it.
People were great and the planes were great! Thank you Sheble!

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