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First Steps in Becoming a Pilot: Tips On Choosing The Right Flight School

The best flight schools will help you achieve your desired level of pilot certification effectively and efficiently. But how can you tell the difference between a highly qualified flight school vs. a sub-par flight school? Let’s explore a few tips on choosing the right flight school so you can feel confident in your decision.

Consider The Size Of Flight School

Some people prefer a learning environment that’s more personal, while others learn better in a larger group with a communal vibe. But beyond class size, it’s important to remember that the size and capabilities of your flight school can have a direct impact on how often you can fly. Weather has a large effect on your training schedule, and if there are a lot of students experiencing delays, it can push instructor capacity and aircraft availability to the limits. A good flight school should have a contingency plan in place to keep your training schedule fluid and efficient so you can become certified in a reasonable amount of time.

Frequency Of Flying

On a related note, before signing up for a flight school, make sure you have ample time to fly. The more you can train, the faster you can finish the certification process and fly on your own terms. The frequency at which you fly is up to you, however, the best flight schools should encourage regular progression throughout your training, as long gaps can have negative effects on your capabilities in the sky. 

Certification Types

Before starting the flight training process, consider the type of pilot you want to be. Are you searching for a new hobby and unrestricted travel opportunities? Are you a small business owner who’s interested in getting to and from meetings across the country? Perhaps you have aspirations of flying commercial airplanes in a respected, rewarding profession as an airline pilot. No matter what your goals are, make sure the flight schools on your list can accommodate them with the appropriate levels of certification.

Explore The Area

Whether you’re searching for a scenic view to explore from the sky, affordable housing, specific local amenities, or transportation, make sure to get to know the area where your flight school is. Flight schools in Minneapolis, for example, are home to a diverse mix of urban and natural landscapes, as well as a bustling culture and easy accessibility, from the impressive city center to the active suburbs and beyond.

Aircraft Rental And Booking

It’s important to inquire about the aircraft you’ll be flying during the training process. Not only the types of airplanes and size of the fleet but the booking process as well. Are students allowed to book different tail numbers and is it an easy process, either through an online form or sign-up sheet? While it’s fine to primarily fly one tail number, the most efficient students sign up for different aircraft to keep from staying grounded.

Ask About Third-Party Resources

The right flight school should go above and beyond in providing the resources you need to be a successful pilot. First, consider if they provide access to professional networking groups or industry associations. This is an opportunity to get your foot in the door if you’re considering a career as a pilot. Second, ask about their partnerships with local flying clubs, which is one of the best ways to meet other pilots while building up flying time for more advanced certifications. Lastly, find out if they offer any types of higher-education aviation programs in partnership with a university or college. This can be proof that they’re a reputable and respected organization within the industry.

Research Local Weather

Take a look at annual weather patterns in the city or state of your flight school. If you’re headed to a new location, there may be times of the year when flight training capabilities come to an abrupt halt. Does the area experience hurricanes or tornadoes throughout the year? A long rainy season or a lot of thunderstorms? While it’s important to fly in all types of weather, private pilots specifically are restricted to only flying in clear weather conditions. As such, staying grounded will only lengthen the time it takes to complete certification.

Choose one of the best flight schools in the country – choose Inflight

There’s no better time than now to obtain your pilot license. And, there’s no better team to get you to where you want to go than Inflight Pilot Training. We’ll help you achieve your dreams of becoming a certified pilot, whether you want to pursue it as a hobby or a career. We’ve let countless people take the control wheel and soar to their favorite destinations, through accelerated pilot programs, private pilot licenses, commercial certifications, instrument ratings, and more. And, with one of the best pass rates in Minnesota, you don’t have to worry about seeing success.


Let our diverse team of CFIs elevate your learning experience as you take to the skies. If you’re interested in learning more about Inflight programs, contact us today or call (952) 698-3000.