Factors to Consider in Choosing a Flight School

Whether you plan to become a commercial pilot or just pursue flying as a hobby, the success and fun you’ll have will be determined to a great extent by the flight school you choose. With so many flight schools to choose from, what do you need to look at to make sure that you are getting into the best school?
Safety first
Flying is certainly great fun but it can also be very risky and the last thing you want to do is endanger your life when pursuing your dream. Before enrolling in a flight school, you need to verify its safety record. Find out the number of flight hours the school has undertaken and the number of accidents (if any) that have been reported. Always remember that most flight accidents lead to fatalities to appreciate the importance of knowing the safety record.
Instructors and equipment
The people who provide instruction in a great flight school should be highly experienced and should have a pass rate that they are proud to show off. Find out where the instructors at your flight school got their training.
When you visit the school, carry out your own assessment of how friendly the staff is. Even more importantly, find out about the training schedule of the school you intend to enroll in and confirm that it will work for you. Is the school willing to work around a schedule that works for you? Will you be able to attend training when you want to? Scheduling difficulties could make your flight school experience less than satisfactory and should never be overlooked.

Author: John McGinnis

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