How to choose a flight school

BLM_picWhether you’re fresh out of high school, an established pilot looking to further your training or a flying enthusiast getting ready to spread your wings, finding the right flight school is essential to realizing your ambitions.

First, you need to decide what type of training you’re looking for. This depends on whether you want to fly recreationally or as a career, as well as what sort of airplanes you’d want to be trained to operate. This will determine what license you need to aim for, as commercial airplanes and executive jets require different licenses to recreational light aircraft.

Flight schools are divided into two categories – Part 61 schools that require less flying hours and are operated under fewer accountability requirements and Part 141 schools that are periodically audited by the Federal Aviation Authority and have strict accountability requirements. It’s also a good idea to look at local colleges that offer aviation degrees, as these give a good competitive edge for prospective pilots looking to start a new career.

Once you have compiled a list of flight schools in your area, narrow down your list to two or three options according to their credentials, the cost, the training courses and their reputation. Then be sure to visit each prospective school, so you can get a feel for how their mission fits your personality and needs, ensuring you’re comfortable with your choice.

What does it take to learn to fly airplanes?

Getting into flight school means meeting a set of criteria that may differ slightly between schools, including:

  • That you are 17 or older at the time of enrollment
  • Proficiency in English
  • Making a deposit for the training costs (as well as any other costs such as housing, etc.)
  • Submitting an FAA 1st or 2nd class Medical Certificate
  • Submitting your High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Submitting a certified copy of your Birth Certificate/Driver’s License/State photo ID card

Once you complete your training, consider Monmouth Executive Airport for exceptional hanger space in New Jersey. We can offer you immediate use of common-use hangars, t-hangars and larger hangars, as well as competitively priced Jet A and Avgas on-field. For more information, please contact us today.

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