Where is the best flight school?
This question comes from David:
Hi, I am a medical student and I wish to become a pilot after I finish my college. I am considering to go to a flight school in the U.S. but am confused about chosing the best one since I am overseas. Hope to hear from you soon.
David, thanks for your question. This question actually prompted me to start a whole new project (more on that below) so I appreciate it!
To answer the question, “What is the best flight school?”, is about the same as asking, “What is the best airplane to fly?” A hard question to answer unless you know the mission. Every person has an individual need when choosing a flight school and there is not one easy answer for that question.
There are many options when it comes to choosing a flight school.
- Do you want a college degree?
- Do I need preparation for a professional career?
- Do I need flexible hours?
- What kind of airplane do I eventually want to fly?
- Do I need bank financing?
- What kind of airplane do I want to train in?
- Do you want or need a accelerated flight school program or would you like a smaller flight school?
In order to give you a recommendation I really need to know more information about your goals once you become a certified pilot. Not knowing this information, it is hard to give you a blank recommendation.
However, I will say that I would recommend a flight school that is governed by FAR Part 141. Part 141 refers to the federal regulations under which the school operates. I generally recommend a Part 141 flight school for international students because they are usually better prepared to deal with the security requirements to train students from foreign countries.
I have a couple of sites that I would encourage you to visit:
AOPA: How to Choose a Flight School
AvScholars: Learn how to choose a flight school
Flight School Reviewer
If you can give me some more information about your requirements for learning to fly, I might be able to better answer your question.
Fly (and train) Safe!