Enrolling in a professional flight school does not come cheap, so it only makes sense to make sure that the respective flight school offers you the best training and price possible. Here are the questions you should ask when comparing one flight school with another and deciding which one to go with.
Does this flight school have all the necessary equipment? At the very least, a professional flight school should have a basic trainer aircraft, a single-engine trainer, a multi-engine trainer and a global positioning system capable of detecting other aircraft around you. This last one will make sure that you are safe while on training. The flight school should also have complete flight training aids and simulators as well. Also, most importantly, the flight school should have alliances with major airlines and aviation training facilities so that you can get on-the-job training as well.
Does this flight school offer a college degree? Why should you settle for a flying certificate when you can also earn a college degree for the amount you are paying as it is? Most professional flight schools these days tie up with colleges and universities in order to give students a chance to earn a college diploma for passing their flight training courses. Students will be typically required to attend about forty hours, or less, of college credit.
Then you need to ask if the tuition fee is reasonable. The average tuition fee for five hundred hours of flight training for student at a flight school who want to become commercial pilots is about $50,000 to $60,000. If it’s more than this then it’s expensive, unless the costs are justified.
Will this flight school offer post-graduate support? Many professional flight schools now provide their students with “guaranteed hire” programs. This means they will set up job interview opportunities for their graduates with their airline alliances.