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Choosing Flight School With FAA Approved Flight Training Planes

Choosing Flight School With FAA Approved Flight Training PlanesThe decision where to obtain flight training is very important for any future pilot. Once you have decided on a general location, you might want to make a checklist of things to look for in a training provider. By talking to pilots and reading articles in flight magazines, you can make your checklist and evaluate different options.

Pilot training is available on-site at most airports, either through an FAA-certificated (approved) pilot school* or through other training providers. An approved school may be able to provide a greater variety of training aids, dedicated facilities, and more flexibility in scheduling. A number of colleges and universities also provide pilot training as a part of their curricula.

Enrollment in an FAA-approved flight school usually ensures a high quality of training. Approved schools must meet prescribed standards with respect to equipment, facilities, personnel, and curricula. However, individual flight instructors and training companies that are not certificated by the FAA as “pilot schools” may also offer high quality training, but find it impractical to qualify for FAA certification.

Another difference between training provided by FAA-approved pilot schools and other providers is that fewer flight hours are required to be eligible for a pilot certificate when the training is received through an approved school. The flight hour requirement for a private pilot certificate is normally 40 hours, but may be reduced to 35 hours when training with an approved school. However, since most people require 60 to 75 hours of training, this difference may be insignificant.

Flight Training Planes

What will stay with you for life in your flight training experience is your flight instructor and your 1st plane your flew. AOPA provides a good review of flight training fleet options offered to student pilots.

Piper Warrior (4-place)

Piper warrior IIIFor the last three decades, the training fleet has been dominated by two aircraft: the Piper Cherokee, which evolved to become the Piper Warrior, and the Cessna 150/152. Tens of thousands of pilots spent their formative flight hours in the larger four-seat Cherokee or Warrior and the diminutive two-seat Cessna. While Cherokees are less common within the training fleet today, Piper Warriors can be found at many flight schools. Warriors are also very common instrument training aircraft as well as a popular aircraft to rent. Cherokees and Warriors are two of the most common private aircraft, second in numbers only to the Cessna 172.

Piper Tomahawk (2-place)

Piper TomahawkWhen the original Piper Aircraft Corporation first conceived a new trainer in the mid-1970s, the company polled flight instructors to determine what traits this airplane should have. The 1978 to 1982 Tomahawk delivers what these special customers ordered: an airplane that provides honest response to pilot inputs, a comfortable cabin with great visibility, and big-airplane-style handling. The control forces and sensitivities match those of the Learjet 35, making transitions to larger aircraft the easiest of any basic trainer, hence the Tomahawk’s popularity with U.S. Air Force flying clubs.

Cessna 172 (4-place)

Cessna 172Though strictly speaking it’s not a pure trainer, the 172 is one of the most common airplanes used by flight schools. There are really three Cessna Skyhawks — the newest versions, produced since 1996, are 180-horsepower and 160-hp airplanes with fuel-injected four-cylinder Lycoming engines; the 1984 through 1968 models with the 160-hp or 150-hp four-cylinder Lycomings; and the early ones (1956 to 1967) with 145-hp Continental six-cylinder engines. 172s are also very common instrument training aircraft as well as a very popular rental model. Learn to fly in a 172 and you’ll be able to rent and fly from almost any fixed base operator (FBO) worldwide.

Cessna 152 (2-place)

Some people say that since then end of World War II, more pilots have learned to fly in the Cessna 150 or 152 than any other type of airplane. They’re so easy to fly that they’re often affectionately called the Land-O-Matic after a term used by Cessna in its old marketing campaigns. These two Cessna models leave complexity behind in favor of low operating costs, reliability, and ease of use. However, these same easygoing flying qualities can make transitioning to a larger aircraft later more difficult.

Diamond Eclipse and Evolution DA20-C1 (2-place)

After the success of Diamond’s new-generation composite Katana DA20-C1, designers decided to make their trainer even better. They rolled out the DA20-C1 Eclipse (shown in photo) and the DA20-C1 Evolution. The two-place piston-engine aircraft are made of composite construction (like the Katana) that creates an aerodynamically clean airframe. The Eclipse features wraparound cockpit visibility, fighter jet-like entry and stick control, stable flight characteristics, and modern avionics. The Evolution is essentially the same as the Eclipse only with fewer bells and whistles to make it a more affordable trainer. The Evolution has a less elaborate avionics package, less interior trim, and no rear window.
Aircraft Manufacturing & Development (AMD) Alarus (2-place)
What matters most in a training airplane is function, reliability, durability, and, of course, affordability. And that’s just what you’ll get with Aircraft Manufacturing and Development’s (AMD) Alarus. Created to be a lower-cost, certified alternative for flight schools wishing to purchase new trainer fleets, the two-seat Alarus is also attracting student owners who want to purchase an airplane in which to earn that first certificate.

Liberty XL2 (2-place)

One of the newest airplanes in the training fleet, the Liberty XL2 is the next generation training aircraft that offers flight schools a two-seat aircraft certified for IFR at very reasonable pricing. The aircraft’s high levels of safety, performance, comfort, economy, and affordability are big draws for the Liberty. As is its clean-sheet design and good handling characteristics. New two-seat training airplanes are rare, and the Liberty XL2 has cemented itself as one of the best.

Robinson R22 Beta II and Schweizer 300CB (2-place)

Robinson’s R22, shown in the photograph, is by far the most widely used helicopter in the flight training industry. Designer Frank Robinson earned his success by building exceptionally engineered helicopters at a cost well below that of his competitors. Robinson has continued his tradition of innovative engineering by introducing several design changes to the R22 Beta model, including a four-seat model that has been very popular. Source

Aircraft and Maintenance at Your Flight School

When discussing the aircraft utilized for flight training, the areas of interest are availability and maintenance. The training airplane is where you practice in the air what you’ve learned on the ground. High wing or low, it doesn’t make much difference. What’s important is how well the airplane is equipped and maintained. It’s also important that the school’s trainers are dedicated to training and not to rental. How many trainers a school has depends on the number of active students. Generally speaking, one trainer serves four or five full-time students. This ratio may be higher with part-time students. Another consideration is the fleet’s mix of primary, advanced, and multiengine trainers.
Because trainers are flown often and sometimes hard, how a school maintains its training fleet is important for both safety and scheduling. Asking questions about maintenance policies and procedures should be part of every school interview.

The availability of aircraft for you to conduct your training is important. A good number of aircraft as a minimum is three This will better allow for scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, a more flexible flight schedule , and a better idea of the maintenance practices of the training facility. The number of aircraft that a school operates should be based upon the student load of that facility. So, if the school has only one aircraft or ten , the ability of that facility to offer you a comprehensive schedule to fit your needs as the customer is paramount. At no time should the quality of the training be compromised for the quantity of customers.

Maintenance of an aircraft must be performed. There are maintenance procedures outlined in the FARs that must be performed at given intervals. These maintenance procedures must be logged and endorsed by the appropriate maintenance personnel. You the student , soon to be the Pilot In Command of those same aircraft should become familiar with the aircraft that you fly. You will soon become responsible for determining whether an aircraft is in Airworthy condition , or not!

Aviator Flight School Flight Training Fleet

The Aviator fleet is made up of multi-engine and single-engine aircraft. The primary aircraft used in our training programs are the Beechcraft BE-76 Duchess, Piper Warrior III PA-28, and the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, all are well known as training aircraft the world over. Our fleet also includes a Piper Arrow and a J-3 Cub. All aircraft are maintained in our maintenance facilities located here at the St. Lucie County International Airport. We average more than 35,000 hours of flight time per year. They are all equipped for VFR and IFR flight per FAR 91.205 (except the J-3 Cub which is VFR Day only).

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