Florida is by far one of the most hospitable places in the country to conduct your flight training, but if you live outside the state, it can be hard to find the right school for you. I know this personally because I grew up in New Jersey, but knew that if I wanted to progress my flight career forward, I would need somewhere where I could train daily. Choosing a flight school in florida can be quite easy if you know where to look. This article is designed to help you in your quest to find the right one to help you earn your commercial pilots license, and more.  Below are a few questions you need to have answered before deciding on the right school for you.

What is The Reputation of The School?

This is a big one that is often overlooked by the novice pilot.  There are many schools, such as ATP flight school, which have numerous locations throughout Florida, and have been training students since the late 1980′s.  Their aircraft are well maintained, their instructors are professional and well trained, and with locations on all four corners of the state it makes choosing a location easy.

That being said, their are a number of unscrupulous flight schools throughout Florida that have gained a not so great reputation.  Take a look at the now defunct “Jet University” which use to be a flight school in ft lauderdale.  The owner of that school suddenly closed his doors one day and left dozens of students “out on a limb” without refunding their money as he went in to bankruptcy.  You can learn more in the video below:

It is important to know that schools like this are very rare, and the majority of them are reputable, but it just goes to show you that you need to conduct your research before plopping down $70,000 for a flight training program.

another thing you need to ask is:

How Experienced Are The Instructors

I can tell you from experience that an instructor just out of flight school with his instructing license is not going to know nearly as much as a guy that has thousands of hours training students.  When I went through my primary flight training (private license), I was fortunate enough to have some great instructors that were available to me.

However, as I progressed into my advanced training (instrument, multi engine, commercial, etc.) many of the instructors I had were very new, often just graduating from instructor school a few months prior.  Not only could I tell that they had very little experience teaching, but the quality of their instruction was lackluster.  Sometimes I found that I actually knew MORE then they did!

When you visit a Flight School, here are the questions you need to ask:

-  What are the instructors rates?  (sometimes they vary depending on the school)

-  How long have they worked there?

-  What is their students pass rate?  (80% or above is great)

-  What is their availability?  (some are only available a couple times a week)

A good flight instructor is one that can help you progress through your flight training at a good pace.  Many times instructors don’t make themselves available enough, so you get stuck with up to 2 weeks in between training and starting all over again.

What Are Your Goals?

One of the most important things to help you decide on a flight school in Florida is what are your goals.  If you are just looking to get your private pilots license and that’s it, then a smaller, local school is right for you.  But, if you are looking to become a professional commercial pilot, than some of the flight academies like Phoenix East or ATP flight school in panama city will get you there.

- Are you looking to make a career out of Aviation?

-  Do you just want to be able to take your friends up for a spin?

-  Are you looking to buy an aircraft for business purposes?

These are just some of the questions you need to ask yourself to help determine the right school for you.  The bottom line is choosing a flight school in fl is alot more than just picking one out of a hat.  It takes a bit of time, research, and comparisons to help you choose the right one.

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