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Which flight school would you recommend?

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I am engineering student(computer science) from India. I have dreamed of being a pilot since I was a little girl. I'll be finishing my course in July 2014 and I hope to join a flight school immediately after July or so. I have no flying experience i.e I don't have a student pilot license. I want to become an airline pilot someday. And it happens so that I have to do it from scratch. Can you suggest a few good flight schools in the US? A school which helps international students with little understanding of flying to become professionals. 

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  1. Chuck on Apr 21, 2014

    Best of luck
    Do you want to go to a college as a part 141 from the start or go part 91 for the private pilot, instrument and multi engine?
    Go to AOPA.ORG, click on learn to fly. A lot of good info to help you get started

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  2. bee on Apr 21, 2014

    Part 141.
    I also need the school to allow me to work as an instructor in the US as a step towards ATP, but most school only offer M1 visa.

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  3. Bob Watson on Apr 22, 2014

    If you’re graduating with a degree in computer science, before you jump into flying lessons, my advice would be to get a job in your field in a place that’s generally sunny (e.g. SoCal, Arizona, Texas, Florida). Then, you can use the income from your computer science-job to pay for your initial flight training (i.e. until you can use flying to start paying for itself). While you’re flying and getting your single-engine ratings, save up for a light twin. After you’ve gotten your Multi-Engine-instructor, buy a small twin (Aztec, Seneca, Travel Air, Twin Comanche, etc.) so that you can give flying lessons in your own plane. In a sunny location, I’m guessing that you could keep the plane busy enough to pay for itself and your instruction.

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  4. southfloridacfi on Apr 22, 2014

    I am not trying to advertise here, just to make it clear, but if you want to come to South Florida, I’d be more than happy to help you out. Going through a private CFI saves a lot of money, I mean A LOT. And since I’m not a school, I don’t need a student visa, the most important thing for me is a TSA clearance which I can provide anyway, well, at least as a training provider. Look at my profile if you are interested.

    But ok, since I am not advertising, there are also other options like part 61 schools in South Florida, depending on your location. SkyEagle Aviation is the best one, they are actually part 141 and can sponser visas but they teach in a part 61/141 mixture method. ATP Is a great one too. Everyone else, horrible. You get a lot of scam artist and sketchy schools down here, I know, I worked at all of them.

    But South florida is a great place to learn to fly. So if anything I strongly recommend is study in South Florida. If you want a school, go with SkyEagle or ATP, if you want an alternative and go with a private CFI, well, hire me. 🙂

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  5. Eslam Amr Zaghloul on Apr 23, 2014

    Universal air Academy In California

    Really this school Make a Good Pilots and Give u a Good knowledge and specially the position of the Airport in The Middle of LA and have a good weather usually good For VFR with no Delays .. and their is a lot of good Instructors that you will learn from them a lot with a good Experience and It Cost Less


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  6. Eslam Amr Zaghloul on Apr 23, 2014

    Actually i will recommend for you universal air academy in California Los angeles

    really this school is good and you will learn a lot and it help you to be professional and they care about to be a good pilot rather than money but for sure it is a business too but trust me they have a good feed back and especially the location of the airport in middle of Los angeles which is awesome for flying anywhere and also the weather is beautiful for practicing and really really they have a Good and friendly instructors which will help you what ever was your progress .. and they have 141 full time course from private license to commercial and they have multi engine too and also part 61 if you want to be a part timer .. and they cost less you can contact the school trust me you will never lose

    and the FAA examiner who gives us the check rides he told us that California is the best place to learn Aviation and he like our school progress and the knowledge they give

    here is the web site and the school is very friendly and helping all the International students , actually i am from Egypt and now i finish my Commercial license and i am working on my Multi engine commercial ADD on The single commercial

    Good Luck in this awesome carer

    here is The web site : http://www.universalairacademy.com

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  7. Mouhcine Souabni on Apr 23, 2014

    Hello Bee, check out PEA.com . It is a part 141 flight school. I have instructed there and they have lots of experience with Indian students. They even have Indian instructors there. It is not a cheap school. But if you study hard, then you should end up not paying too much over the advertised price. I would also suggest taking a 3 month groundschool in India , private,instrument and commercial groundschool. You will repeat these same ground schools here but it will put you ahead of the game, and save you lots of money eventually.That is what one of my former students did and he is a computer science major as well. His name is Keyur Sheth. Find him on Facebook if you have any further questions and Goodluck!

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