How to choose the right flight school for private pilot certification

10 September 2015   Pilots

Learning to fly is one of life’s greatest adventures and becoming a private pilot means accessing one of the most elite and rewarding industries in the world. With this in mind, it makes sense that most people looking to enter this exciting industry are looking for flight schools which offer them the best training available. Here’s how to narrow down your search and find the best institution for you:

  1. Understand the difference between a Part 61 and Part 141 aviation school: These numbers refer to the parts of the Federal Aviation Regulations under which they operate and differ on their requirements for achieving certification. Part 61 schools require 40 flight hours for private pilot certification and 250 hours for commercial pilot certification. Part 141 schools require 35 hours and 190 hours for each respective certification.
  2. Ask about the flight instructors: The qualifications and experience your flight instructor has is vital because you’re going to be putting your life in their hands, so don’t hesitate to ask about them. Your primary instructor should be a certified flight instructor (CFI) and your instrument instructor should have an instrument instructor rating (CFII).
  3. Take an introductory lesson: This is a great way of not only experiencing a trail lesson firsthand but also seeing if the instructors are a good fit for you. Ask plenty of questions and get to know your instructor – he or she should be someone who expects exceptional results from you, who shows dedication towards helping students succeed and shows personal interest in you and your goals.
  4. Ask about the training airplanes: Be sure to ask how many training airplanes the school has and how they are maintained. This determines the availability of airplanes for training as well as how safe they are. This is especially important because training aircraft are flown more often and hard than other aircraft. Flight schools which have their own onsite maintenance facilities are generally able to have their aircraft serviced and repaired more frequently and easily, ensuring their aircraft are airworthy and available for lessons. Generally, schools with three or more aircraft are also more able to be flexible for lesson schedules.
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