How To Choose An Aviation Flight School

February 20, 2009

From general aviation for the recreationist to enrollment in the CAPT program, choosing an aviation flight school should be researched thoroughly as this will be a major investment of time and, for some, the beginnings of a new career. In order to find out what is required by major airline carrier pilots by the Federal Aviation Administration, it is important to look at what certifications jet pilots carry along with other very important factors to be considered when choosing an aviation flight school. These are a few things that will put you ahead of the game at graduation.

There are no less than hundreds enrolled in aviation flight school and making sure you choose the right one could mean the difference between you or someone else getting that dream job!

Familiarity with a flight simulator and other simulation programs aid the beginner in becoming familiar with the instruments in the cockpit and their functionality without the risk of making costly mistakes in the sky. An aviation school with simulator labs and other flight training devices are extremely beneficial. Ground schools will familiarize the pilot with many of the systems currently in use in aircraft and give the pilot a sense of confidence and security in the air.

Instruction given by professional pilots is important as these instructors have many hours of actual flight experience, have flown many different aircraft and can share firsthand the real life experiences in the air. Trained in various aspects of purpose specific flight, finding an aviation school with highly skilled instructors will benefit you and make the experience more enjoyable.

Academic credentials are important when choosing an aviation flight school if the pilot is seeing instruction in the hopes of becoming employed by a major airline carrier. DC-9 series type rating is a coveted credential along with the flight experience and successfully passed written exams in dispatch and Airline Transport Pilot requirements must be met if being employed per the FAA. World class flight simulators and curriculum including aeronautical academic training will equip the pilot to handle every day situations.

The courses an aviation school offers should mirror those requirements of the airline industry. The aviation school should be up to date in knowing the FAA requirements, have the latest technology and should train you on the types of aircraft used in the industry today. Being ready to fly for a major carrier when you complete the program with the proper certifications and type ratings attached to your resume will aid you in securing a well paying position with an organization that you’ll be proud to work for.

As an aviation flight school can be costly, one that offers financial aid may be a factor in your decision when choosing a school. If your choice to attend flight school is for the purpose of changing careers, it is likely that you have a family and money is tight. Knowing that you are free to make payments on a loan type basis can reduce the burden on the family until you have secured a position after graduation. Making financial aid available, an aviation flight school can make what might seem like a dream to some a reality.

Kevin Dark


12 Responses to “How To Choose An Aviation Flight School”

  1. drew s on February 20th, 2009 6:42 am

    Flight School or Aviation College?
    Im a Freshman in High School and would like to become a pilot. I have been wanting to be one for the last 5 years and am trying to choose between going to a regular flight school or an aviation college. I want to be a bush pilot up in alaska. I recently read a book given to me by my grandfather " Wager With The Wind" the story of Don Sheldon the legndary bush pilot which pushed me even farther towards becoming a pilot. I was researching about what i needed to do to become a bush pilot when i told my mom that I no longer needed to go to college to do what i want. Well she pretty much fliped. She said that no matter what i was getting a degree in something. So i was wondering what you people think would be the better choice. A degree means nothing to any outfit in alaska so basically it would be a waste of time and money to go to an aviation college right?

  2. jettif on February 20th, 2009 6:44 am

    Get a degree! What happens if for some reason one day you can't fly!
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  3. dwnshfter on February 20th, 2009 6:46 am

    flight school…….or avaition job in army… on my second……i was air traffic control now im in school for blackhawk crewchief…….6 months from now im going pilot….
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  4. Greg M on February 20th, 2009 6:48 am

    This is what I think is going on,

    Your mom wants you to be happy, but scucessful too, I mean, what if your dreams of becoming a pilot go wrong? You always have your degree to fall back on. This is MY theory of life, why not do both? I mean, who says you can't be a pilot AND have a degree in something? Talk to your mom about that. She has a point, I wouldn't let you just become a pilot without something to fall back on! Follow your dreams, but with some logic in there too, you know? Who knows, ten years from now you might want to be doing something else, I mean, what if you injure yourself or something, and can't BE a pilot? This is what my friend said before she died.

    "Follow your dreams, you'll be dead before you know. All I want for you is for you to be happy–but grow some balls and get some common sense kid, because you're not going to be an actor any time soon, so live in the moment while you're at it !"
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  5. gamejock829 on February 20th, 2009 6:50 am

    if what you really really want to do is be a bush pilot then you really don't need to go to a college no but you may want to go anyways because if you were to ever find out that you don't want to be a bush pilot then you can go do something else with aronautics w/o going back to school to get for example your commercial pilots liscense. my dad lbuilds planes and my brother flies planes so i know a little about planes
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  6. Edward Z on February 20th, 2009 6:52 am

    u really need to try and apply tot eh avaiation college, cause it will offer more avenues to continue ur career, and should u change ur mind ( abou the bush) OR if circumstances happen to change ur career for u, u will have other choices or like branches on a tree ( with other majors and minors)
    and i think u will have a better and easier way of financing ( like with scholarships or grants thru a college than the expensive way of going thru a flight school and paying for it on ur own!)
    good luck and i think u will do well and make the right choice for u!
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  7. flyndnthehwy on February 20th, 2009 6:54 am

    The thing that will mean the most to you down the road is options. The better your education now (while you don't have responsibilities like kids, wife, mortgage, etc.) the more options you have later. I could elaborate for days but either you listen to the voice of experience or you don't. If you want to fly get in the military. It's the only way to get the hours in a variety of complex aircraft without spending your inheritance.
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    Life experience. Ex. ATC, used-to-be-pilot.

  8. gojays13 on February 20th, 2009 6:56 am

    I go to an aviation college in Canada, and my program is specified to be a bush pilot up north when i graduate. Going with a degree in aviation, you cant go wrong. You get much more hands on materials and learning without the stress of a flight school knowing you have to pay for every second you are in the aircraft. The aviation college route is still very specialized, but if you are committed, then you should have a problem. Flight school is too pricey, and you dont have that degree for the rest of your life.
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    Pilot at a Flight College

  9. JetDoc on February 20th, 2009 6:58 am

    Make your Mom happy… A good education never hurt anyone. Find a regional community college that offers an aviation/flight program and you can get a pilot's license and an Associate Degree at the same time.
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    I am a pilot and licensed aircraft mechanic (A&P) with three college degrees!

  10. Joycee on February 20th, 2009 7:00 am

    Flight school but you will need more than that.
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  11. Matt H on February 20th, 2009 7:02 am

    for becoming a bush pilot, there is no reason for having a degree. You can make it fine with just going to flight school. I am currently in aviation college, and there is a lot of extra work, which would be pointless to you. If later on you choose to do something else, you can go back and get that degree later.
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  12. Private_Jet_Charter on February 20th, 2009 7:04 am

    I would suggest that if you want to be a bush pilot that you not attend an aviation college as they are usually quite expensive. You can attend another school and then go to a local flight school during (or you can even start now) and get your ratings, etc… Here is a great site about a bush operation in Alaska you may be able to get in touch with them and see what they suggest as well.
    Hope this helps and good luck!!!
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