Your kidding me right high cost of living. You can buy a nice house for 200k or less with a pool. Come up to VA DC MD area or SFO to see high cost of living.Is anyone familiar with VRB? To this point, the only negative that I've heard is the high cost of living for that area. I appreciate any and all input.
melbourne, cocoa, orlando, and west palm just a short drive away.. i enjoyed my time in vero at FSII used to fly there at FlightSafety. When I was there it was a very busy airport. Mid morning and mid afternoon were the worst. Not a lot to do in Vero just the beach and lots of older folks.
That is ridiculous for a level 6 VFR tower.Larry - Bruce retired last month, Sue retired last November. I am still there and eligible to retire in December 2010. Everyone else you knew is gone except the chief. Cheryl is retiring before the end of this year.
To the original poster - the cost of living is not high in Vero. Before you get a lease come by the facility and talk to some of the younger people that are currently in apartments in the area. Ask for KH or MM or MK. They all arrived within the last couple years and know the apartment scene, Don't buy a house until you are sure you will certify here unless you would stay in this area even if you didnt certify. Unfortunately about 1/3 to 1/2 of the trainees here never certify.
I work at a VFR tower. Pattern work isnt difficult, if anything it helps you get your comfort level up quicker. It's all about threading the needle with a Jet (if they even get them). It speaks volume for the facility, sounds like its not a union facility. Granted, I have never been to the facility and I do not know the environment, but thats just horrible. Your not gonna tell me the complexity is there either. Would not want to go there, advise all newbies against it.updated : Vrb's last 10 trainees, 3 certified although only 1 is still certified, 1 quit (medical) 1 is trying to regain certification and is doing well. 7 terminated or quit prior to certification.
According to ATADS
Air Traffic Activity System (ATADS)
VRB had about 90K operations 1/2010 thru 7/2010 about 1/2 of them are T&G's or some other type of pattern work.
VRB currently has 3 trainees at the facility working towards certification