Interested in Becoming a Private Pilot(PPL) or Commercial Airline Pilot (CPL) ?
Step 1- Due Diligence
Research reputable and established pilot schools and flight schools for comparison.
Obtain a list of FAA approved Flight Schools that can possibly fit your needs
It’s always good to have a list of at least 5 flight schools to pick from when deciding on which one to go to in order to get your pilot license… Ask for all relevant information from each Flight school, such as- the school’s regulations, enrollment and admissions procedures, the actual flight training, the aircraft or fleet of aircraft you are to be training in, safety measures, flight instructors credentials and training experience, and their specific Flight school training procedures for the different types of pilot licenses and pilot training courses available.
In short, each Flight School in your list should provide all the relevant information you need to picture exactly what they offer. Once you have the information submitted to you in form of a catalogs, it’s time you visit the schools to ascertain the claims. Here are a few things you can consider:
(a) Does the school offer additional benefits such as accommodation, financial aid, plus other trainings that are relevant to your pilot career?
(b) Does the school have a reputation in form of how long they’ve been into business?
(c) How are their goals and objective matching your needs?
(d) How has the school prioritized their Flight Trainings?
(e) Who are the people who train, what is the number of people who have enrolled, plus what exactly are the credentials?
(f) What facilities does the school has at the Airport, in terms of instruments and control towers?
(g) What are the regulations and safety policies of the school in question?
Take a visit to the flight schools you are interested in enrolling with –
You’ll want to meet the school’s Chief Flight Instructor or their assistant to ask questions. The questions you’ll ask must be very genuine. For example, you’d want to know the following:
(a) The people who schedule lessons.
(b) If flight checks are given to check your progress during training.
(c) What are the insurance requirements of the school? How do they handle liabilities or collision policies? In case you are required to pay for anything, why is that so and how much should you pay?
(d) How many instructors are available to train student? The acceptable ratio is 1 instructor per 4 or 5 students who practice full time. However, 1 instructor can serve up to 10 students who practice part time.
(e) Who’s the person that keeps records? You don’t want to pay to repeat trainings when they don’t reflect anywhere in the records.
(f) And finally, what if weather changes abruptly or an unexpected maintenance problem occurs? Who is responsible for rescheduling lessons in case these things happen?
Commercial Airline Pilot Training Program to Commercial Pilot Career Placement
If you are interested in becoming a commercial airline pilot there is additional criteria for obtaining an FAA commercial pilot license and/or EASA commercial pilot license. Please take notice of our infograph below on the process of our commercial airline pilot school and pilot career placement program.
Choosing a Pilot Flight School That Best Suits Your Wants and Needs-
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