how to choose the right
Cost of Course
If the school quotes you a price for training at FAA or CAA Minimum
requirements be sure to find out how much time their average
student requires for completion. The total cost may vary
significantly from the quoted price.
Will you be able to complete your training without the need
of financial aid? If not, can you afford to take out a loan?
Take an evaluation flight with an instructor to see if you
like the schools training procedures. Are you comfortable
with the equipment that they use?
Find out what the instructor to student ratio is. Will it be
possible to schedule flights as often as you want to fly?
Does the school own the aircraft that they fly and do they
have a mechanic on hand to maintain them? Make sure that
down time due to mechanical reasons will be minimal.
Geographic Region/Time of Year
There are pros & cons of flying out of different parts of
the country and during different seasons. Will the school
experience weather conditions that may delay your training?
Depending on this issue, it may be optimal to wait a few
months before you start training, or to choose a school in a
Speak to Students
Are current students happy with the training that they have
received? What aspects of the school do they like? What has
frustrated them? Speaking to current students is one of the
best ways to learn more about a school.
What are your aviation goals? Will this school be able to
help you along the way to make them possible?
Classroom vs Computer training for knowledge test
Do you prefer to learn in a classroom environment with other
students, or on your own through computer training? Does
this school offer the option that's best for you?
Find out where the
school is based. Is it within a reasonable distance from your
Take the opportunity to
visit the various school's in person.
Check the costs of
training at different school's.
Check whether ground
school costs are included within the price quoted.
Ask what type of fleet
the school has and are the aircraft well maintained.
Ask what the aircraft
availability is like.
Ask the school whether
you will have a personal instructor or different instructors
throughout your training.
When visiting the
school make sure you feel comfortable within that particular
Try and speak to other
students that have used or are using the school and get their
Check whether the
school has a resident CAA Authorised Examiner.
For more information on
individual schools click on any available web links.
flight schools abroad
Does the school offer JAA
Do you know anyone who has
trained at that school? How did they find it?
Does the course include
How much money do you need for
every day living expenses?
What is the policy if you do not
complete the course within the time stipulated?
Are the aircraft at the school,
types you will be using back in the UK?
Speak to the school on the
telephone. Ensure all the information about the school is sent to
you prior to securing a place on the course.