How To Find The Right Flight School.

April 25th, 2009

So you want to start flight training. What do you do? First of all you should research all the flight schools in your local area. By just browsing the local flight schools web site you can get a good idea of what that flight school has to offer. Check out what type of airplanes they use for flight training. Are they new or old airplanes? How many airplanes do they have? It’s up to you if you want to spend the extra cash flying a new airplane. Remember an airplane is an airplane. They might not look good but they all fly. To make it easy for you to locate all the flight schools in your area, just go to Flight School List.Com has one of the largest aviation school lists on the internet. Once you’re done browsing all the flight school web sites you’re going to want to call and talk to a flight instructor at each flight school. I suggest that you talk to one of the flight instructors at the flight school and not the secretary. The flight instructor will be able to answer your questions in detail; the secretary will only have a general knowledge about flight training. What should you ask the flight instructor? Go to Pilot training for more information.

How many flight instructors work here?
How busy is the flight school?
Will I be able to schedule a flight instructor and airplane any time I want?
How many of the same airplane do you have? It’s nice to have two of the same airplane just in case one of them is down for maintenance.
How many hours do the flight instructors have? Remember that hours don’t automatically translate into teaching ability.
What kind of airplanes do you use for training?
What kind of maintenance do you perform on your rental aircraft?
How much does the aircraft cost per hour?
Is fuel included in the price?
Are there any fuel surcharges? Most flight school will add a fuel surcharge when fuel goes up.
How much does flight instruction cost per hour?
How much is ground instruction?
Are there any other aircraft rental fees or taxes?
Do you have any discounts for purchasing a block of time?
Usually when you purchase a block of time, you purchase it in 10 hour increments or whatever the school offers. You put the money down right away and you get a certain percentage off per hour of flight time. It depends on the flight school, they are all different.
In general how many hours does it take to get your pilots certificate at this school? The national average is about 60 to 70 hours of flight time.
What type of training materials do you use?
What am I expected to buy?
Typically how long is a flight lesson?
When can I schedule a tour of your flight school and aircraft?

Once you get done talking to the flight instructors at all the flight schools in your area, you should go pay a visit to the schools that best answered your questions. Try to talk to all the flight instructors at the flight school. Sit down with them and ask them a few questions. Refer to flight school for more information.

Here are a few examples:

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