Questions To Help You Select The Best Aviation School For You

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If you have an adventurous spirit and enjoy learning new things, you may be considering flight school. Not only can flight training prepare you for an amazing career, but it can also be a lot of fun. Still, it is important to find the right aviation school to meet your needs. Here are a few questions that may need to be answered as you select the best school for you:

What are your reasons for attending flight school?

Your reason for wanting to learn to fly can play a large role in your flight school selection. If you only want to fly locally for recreational purposes, you may be more interested in a small part -time training program at a local school. However, if you desire a career as a commercial pilot, you may want to look for a flight school that specializes in degree programs for professional pilots. In addition, if your goal is to become a professional pilot for a commercial airline, it can be advantageous to enroll in a flight school that partners with airline companies.

What is your budget?

Many things can affect the cost of a flight school education, such as the number of students enrolled, the number of instructors, the types of aircraft used in the training and the location of the school. If you have limited funds, you may want to consider selecting a flight school that offers financial assistance programs. You will likely be able to eliminate several schools from your list based on program costs and loan or scholarship availability. 

What other obligations do you have?

Aviation schools sometimes have scheduling requirements for ground school. When considering a flight school, be sure that the scheduling on the syllabus matches your personal schedule. If you work a full-time job or have family responsibilities, your free time may be limited. Although there will be some sacrifices involved in completing a pilot training program, it is best to know up front what type of scheduling requirements must be met.

Is the school designated as part 61 or as part 141?

Part 141 schools offer courses that have been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). These schools are regularly audited by the FAA. As a result, they tend to be more structured. Part 61 schools, on the other hand, offer a more flexible course schedule. 

To learn about the programs offered by aviation schools in your area, contact a school administrator for more information.


20 July 2017

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