Choosing the Right Flight School
Start by asking yourself some questions:
- Why do I want to learn to fly?
- What is my ultimate goal?
- Do I want to fly for fun?
- Am I seeking a flying career?
Once you have given some thought to what you want,
- Request all available literature from each school.
- Do not be misled by glossy pamphlets and catchy sales pitches.
- While reviewing the material, take notes for questions during the school visit.
Some things to look for are:
- The school's philosophy, goals and objectives. Do they match or come close to yours?
- How long has the school been in business?
- How many students have graduated and how many do they have right now?
- What is the classroom facility like?
- What kind of aircraft are used for training?
Visit the school in person
- Listen closely and ask questions about everything.
- Do not be shy.
- How does the CFI (Chief Flying Instructor) supervise flight training in the school?
- How many students does each instructor have?
- Will you have a principal instructor or will your booking time dictate who you fly with?
- How the training is scheduled (1.5 versus a 2 hour booking)?
- Is there a no show policy, cancellations due to weather?
- Is Ground School run continuously or on an as required basis?
- How does the school's insurance cover you as a student from both personal protection and personal liability perspectives?
What about Ground School?
- How often does Ground School usually run?
- Qualifications of the instructors teaching Ground School?
- Is it a scheduled class over a period of several weeks?
- Are there any additional resources that contain material for additional study?
Check out the training aircraft!!
- What is important is how well airplane is equipped and maintained.
- The number of aircraft a school has should depend on the number of active students.
- How a school maintains them is important for both safety and scheduling.
- Ask questions on how the maintenance is carried out and the overall reliability of the school's aircraft fleet.
Meet the flight instructors!!
- The most experienced and highest rated instructor holds a Class I Flight Instructor Rating.
- The newest instructor has a Class IV Flight Instructor Rating.
- Talk to some of the other students at the school to ask about their instructors.
- Complete a familiarization flight.
- Assess your instructor's attitude.
- A good instructor is one who strives for excellence and will work with you until it is achieved.
- He or she is also someone who cares about you not only as a student/client but as a person as well.
Assess the bottom line-cost
- Remember, you are investing in your education,
- It is also a never ending learning process, and as with all education,
- Determine if what you get for your money is fair.
- if a deal seems too good to be true, it usually is.
- Read the fine print and ensure that you are making a comparison of equals.
- Inquire about refunds.
Make a Choice
- Ultimately the choice depends on the quality of training
- The method convenient to your schedule.
- Select the one that matches your personality.
If you have any other questions that are not answered here, please contact us.
Good luck and enjoy!!!
“I started my flying career in Northern Ontario where I trained with Thunder Bay Flying School and Mount McKay Flying Services. On 6th September 1999 I passed my Private Pilot Flight Test and went from being a passenger to being Pilot in Command. My move from the North in 2002 brought me to Nottawa where I found the Collingwood Airport and Future Air. I have been honing my skills with them ever since, and enjoying the relationship that we have. Since 2002 I have worked with Future Air and obtained my Night rating and VFR over the top rating. During this time I have found the staff to be courteous and helpful the planes clean, well maintained and the documentation to be in place and available for inspection at any time. My overall experience has been and I hope will continue to good.”