Ensuring Your Aviation Career with the Right Training and the Right School
Establishing careers is much like building a house; we must build a good foundation from which the walls and the ceilings would be built. Establishing a career in a highly competitive field such as aviation – choosing the right flight school or training institution is a basic yet very important step. Here are some of the things to consider and even to look out for when choosing an aviation school.
1. The Type of the School
The type of the school would depend on what part of the Federal Aviation Regulations where they operate. It usually comes in two types or two parts, Part 61 and Part 141. One requirement for a pilot is for him or her to complete certain hours of flight before he or she is deemed”qualified” or ready for the field. Schools under part 61 require students to fly 40 hours before they can acquire a private certificate and 35 hours under Part 141.
Accountability and structure also differentiates the two. For schools under Part 141, periodical auditing by the FAA is done, the schools are also required to give detailed course outlines and meet the standard rates for student performance. All of which must be approved by the FAA. For schools under part 61, such paperwork and accountability measures are not done.
2. Have a List of Choices
Once you know the type of school, the next step is to determine what you really need; and from this make a list of the possible schools that can cater to that need. Example, in some flight schools (part 61) you can have the lessons according to your flexibility, you can also have the option of becoming a part time student. Also consider your prospect; if you aim to become a professional pilot and work with major airline companies, you might consider choosing a school with national accreditation. If you choose this path, also consider getting a college aviation degree. Once your needs, goals and prospects are determined you can make a list of the possible schools to attend. When making a list you may want to consider the following:
- Do the philosophy, objectives and goals of the school match your needs?
- What benefits such as financial aid, additional trainings, and housing will be provided?
- The importance of the flight training to the organisation
- Has the training school been in the business for quite some time?
- Credentials, the capability of the faculty and the number of enrollment
- How many aircrafts and what types of aircrafts are used during the training?
- The services available at its airport, the instruments or the control towers
- The reputation of the school and the safety regulations and policies
3. Visit the School Personally
Don’t just search for schools on the internet; make the time to visit them personally and grab the chance to talk to an admissions officer or a chief flight instructor. This is the only sure and effective way for you to assess if the school indeed has what it takes to train you as a pilot. Ask questions, interview the necessary people. This way you can gain information you need to evaluate the school that would best fit your needs. You can ask important questions on instructor student ratio, insurance requirements, liability and collision policies and the like
Amarendra, the guest author specializes on writing articles about flight trainings and flight training schools such as Phoenix East Aviation.
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