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Where is the best flight school?

Posted by on July 3, 2008 15 Comments Category : Flight Instructor Blog Tags :

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!


  1. milad on Dec 14, 2010

    hello. i am from iran . i am 17 years . i want to be a pilot but i don’t know which college is best.
    please help me /
    important to me is scholarship and accomodation and country .
    i want to get all of licences of pilot

  2. Omed Mohamed on May 10, 2011

    Peace be upon you “milad”,
    Paul Tocknell just gave 2 sites where you can “recognize what you really want”. So go and surf on!

  3. Agil Prakash on Aug 30, 2011

    hai i’am from india,
    i’am an engineering student. i would like to become a pilot after my engg degree and i wish to take a degree from a best college.can you help me to find the best college in usa for starting my pilot training in this year itself.

  4. flight schools on Sep 20, 2011

    Great discussion for flight school as my dream is also to become pilot and I want to join best pilot academy for fulfill my dream as there are lots of choices and it is not easy to find out best pilot school. Thanks for offering me some tips to find out best flight school.

  5. Sameer Khadka on Feb 11, 2012

    I am from Nepal. I want to be pilot. And I don’t know how to choose best college and how much time it would take to complete the pilot course.
    please help me….

  6. Tiffaney Whittington on Jul 16, 2012

    Take a look at http://www.usaviationacademy.com

    US Aviation Academy’s Career Flight Training Courses are designed to train you to be a first officer at the airline. This starts with the private pilot license and then you build on that with the instrument and commercial courses. The Career program begins with the Private Pilot course and continues through the Instrument and Commercial courses.

    Advanced Flight Training:

    US Aviation Academy’s Advanced Training Courses are designed to advance a commercial pilot’s career. This typically starts with obtaining the Certified Flight Instructor certificate then followed by the Instrument Instructor and then the Multi Engine Instructor. Beyond that an individual can do our Aerobatics and or Turbine/ High Altitude courses.

  7. SAGAR GAHURI on Jul 30, 2012

    Citizen of India. Keen on joining a good flying school abroad for an ab-initio commercial pilot training.
    Heard a lot about
    1. Dean flight school
    2. Phoenix east aviation
    3. Embry Riddle
    4. Oxford aviation

    Any suggestion would be helpful and well appreciated.


  8. t on Aug 03, 2012

    I am 18 years old.I want to know whether i could learn to be a pilot directly without taking other degrees.I also would like to know the best pilot school and country to attend pilot school.

  9. Ethel Quartey on Jan 03, 2013

    Citizen of Ghana.I want to be a pilot in future but do not know either to go to the university before going to the aviation school or entering the aviation school after high school.which is the best?thank you

  10. Sakib Mahmood on Feb 15, 2013

    Hi, I have recently completed my A’Levels. Now I am planning to do PPL and CPL. After that, I want to do Aeronautical engineering as well. Basically, this bachelor program of aeronautical engineering requires 4 years to be completed. So, my question is, if I complete my PPL and CPL at first and then do the engineering, will I be able to complete my aeronautical engineering in a shorter time? Like (1-2 years instead of 4 whole years)? Thanking you in advance for your assistance 🙂 🙂

  11. pawan kumar on Oct 24, 2013

    according to my research, EAC is the best one for pilot training. emirates aviation college in dubai.more info u will get, if u go through it..

  12. pawan kumar on Oct 24, 2013

    their time period is 4 years of training and expenses are upto 565000 dhrams.

  13. Usama Arshad on Aug 04, 2014

    hi, i am from Karachi,Pakistan and i am 18 years old.I want to be a pilot in future but i don’t no in which college i have to be admission to become pilot.

  14. Kyle Beebe on Nov 27, 2015

    I am from USA. Want to become a helicopter pilot.

  15. Ntokozo on Dec 29, 2015

    Hi, I’m from South Africa and would like to get a scholarship abroad for aviation (professional pilot). Please help :-).

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