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How To Choose Your Flight School

How To Choose Your Flight SchoolThere are over 300 two- and four-year colleges with aviation programs and aviation schools in the United States and world-wide that offer various aviation programs (including non-engineering programs) to students interested in pursuing a career in aviation.

Without any aviation experience on which to base your decision, selecting a good school can be a formidable task. Checklists are an aviation mainstay that ensure all procedures are accomplished and, therefore, make for safe flights. This same procedure can be applied to selecting a good flight school.

Flight School Checklist
  • Types of Flight Schools. Although all flight schools train pilots how to fly aircraft in a safe manner, key differences exist between the two primary forms of flight schools. Federal Aviation Regulation, or FAR, Part 141 flight schools are highly structured training centers with well-defined and FAA-approved curricula. In contrast, FAR Part 61 schools are less-structured schools without a defined curriculum. Although these schools often are less expensive for students to attend, they require individuals to complete more flight training hours than Part 141 centers.
  • Flight School Cost. When looking for a flight school, do not make the mistake of picking a flight school just because they are cheap. The quality of flight training that you receive is very important. Just because one school offers a much cheaper rate doesn’t mean that you will get the same quality of training as a school that charges a little more. You have to do your own homework and research each school before you start your training.
  • Flight Training Instructors. What students learn in a flight training school highly depends on quality of flight training programs and on how efficient the flight instructors are. That’s why, it is important to check on the capabilities and qualities of the instructors to ensure efficient and effective flight training. Flight Instructors teach students how to fly by demonstrating and explaining, on the ground and in the air, basic principles of flight, aerial navigation, communications procedures, weather factors, and Federal Aviation Regulations all pilots must adhere too. They also prepare their students for various exams to help them earn their pilot certificate(s) and rating(s).
  • Visiting the School/Talk To Pilot Students. Tour the facility you are considering and meet the faculty. Do they treat you in a professional manner? If the flight school doesn’t have a professional feeling and a business-like attitude then maybe the school isn’t right for you. Ask to speak with a flight instructor. Also important is to talk to students attending the flight school you are considering, they will have 1st hand knowledge of what to expect.
  • Flight Training Time Frame. The time it takes to undergo flight lesson has a marked effect on a pilot’s training success in the aircraft. Individuals who fly daily retain a greater degree of flight-related knowledge and muscle memory, allowing them to finish their flight training in fewer flight hours than it would take people who fly once per week or less. Pilots who finish their training in less flight time also save money, allowing them to put their cash to other uses.
  • Flight Training Fleet and Aircraft Maintenance. Make sure the place is well-maintained and everything is in order. Check the condition of the fleet and the surrounding environment. If the facility is cluttered, unattended to or even run down, chances are your training will be the same. How many planes are in the fleet? Are they properly maintained and do you have access to the maintenance logs? A training plane should be serviced after every 100 hours of flight time. A flight training plane doesn’t have to be new but it does need to be well-maintained.
  • Student Housing Availability. Take a look at housing facilities at the flight school – if they offer it. Take a look at the off-campus housing market – if they don’t. Check the local real estate listings, prices and availability.
  • Flight School Financing. Does the flight school give you a choice of payment plans or do they want all their money up front? It is important for your aviation college to have payment plans and options.

The check list above is in no way complete but it does offer some of the most important key factors to consider in choosing your flight school.

Why Choose Aviator Flight School for your Pilot Training
  • Licensed by the State of Florida Commission For Independent Education License #4155
  • Aviator Flight Training Academy is a Division of Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology, which is licensed by the State of Florida Commission for Independent Education and Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.
  • 27 Years in the Flight Training Industry
  • To date, Aviator has trained over 5000 pilots for the commercial airline industry
  • Only School Offering 200 Hours of Multi-Engine Time
  • Aviator is the only flight school that has a full 200 hours of multi-engine time included in our program
  • No Flight Training Devices (Simulators)
  • FTDs are not used towards your flight time for any ratings
  • Approved by the Federal Department of Education to offer Title IV Loans
  • Aviator has the ability to offer students federal funding on approved accredited programs
  • Job Placement Assistance with Regional Airlines
  • Aviator offers job placement assistance for our graduates
  • “A” Rating with United States Better Business Bureau
  • Classroom Environment – All classes taught in our educational center, NOT online

To speak with an instructor contact the college at 772-672-8222

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