For many young people knowing how to operate an aircraft can be a rewarding exploit. The freedom to fly in the sky is not only enjoyable but can result in a career in the aviation industry. Moreover, these aspirants will also get the opportunity to travel to different places. However, to become a knowledgeable pilot with adequate skills, expertise and ability to fly an aircraft, it is important for such individuals to get as much information as they can about flight training. One of the first steps in this process is getting admission into a good flying school that has experienced flight instructors.
Ric Bucklew,a popular fight instructor, says selecting a good flight school is not difficult task but aspirants need to keep in mind certain important factors before making any decision. Moreover, if they live in a place where there are plenty of such institutions, choosing the right one can be daunting task. The following are some of the vital points they need to take into account while choosing the right flight school:
Learning to operate an aircraft is expensive. It is important for aspirant to scrutinize the fee structure most flight schools charge potential candidates. Apart from the aircraft rentals, they have to pay for the insurance, aviation fuels, processing charges, taxes and flight instructor’s fees. In addition to this, these entrants may also have to burn their pockets to pay for certain hidden costs.
- Choosing the right flight instructor
While it is important for aspirants to check the credentials of a flight instructor before appointing him/her to teach them how to fly, it is not enough. It is important for them to know how long they have been working in the institute and where did learn to fly. In addition to this, these candidate need to know how many flying hours the instructor has under his/her belt and what former students have to say about him/her.
- Contact the officials at the nearest Airport or FAA FSDO
Aspirants should not hesitate to contact the officials at the Flight Standards District Office of the Federal Aviation Administration to find out more about a particular flight school. While these administrators may not have adequate information about individual flight training courses in such institutes, they have know the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ flying schools in that area.
- Course Structure
Some flight schools conduct flight-training courses under FAR Part 61 regulations while institutes follow Part 141. While successful completing either course, an aspirant will be obtain a private pilot license, Part 141 is a more intense and rigorous flight-training curriculum. On the other hand, Part 61 allows the instructor to adjust the syllabus as per the requirements of his candidates.
- Aircraft and it maintenance
The aircraft an aspirant uses for flight training is his/her personal preference. While it is desirable for candidates to choose the latest aircraft for training, older planes serve the same purpose and are cheap to rent. However, their maintenance cost will be expensive.
Richard Bucklewsays an aspirant should consider the above points when choosing the right flight school to attend.