Choosing a Flight School

The first big decision you will be making towards your goal of becoming an airline pilot is choosing where you will be doing your training.
Getting informed is very important, as not every school is as good as the other. You will probably be paying a huge amount of money, so make sure it is well spent.

Your first step is Google. Look for schools in your country and beyond. Being flexible is necessary in the airline industry, so why not start right away.

Read about how the school’s training program is set up and what you will have covered when you graduate. Is it an integrated ATPL, an MPL, a modular course? Do you get to fly a lot of single engine or are you almost going straight into in the simulator? Do they include MCC and JOC? Maybe even a type-rating.
There are several ways to get to that right seat, get information on all of them.

Also very important: where do their students end up? What percentage gets a job as a commercial pilot? How long does it take? Do they help you with finding a job? Do they supply pilots to certain airlines?

These are all questions you can ask when you go to visit schools at information days. This gives you a chance to talk to actual students, see the facilities & have a look at their fleet. For me, the feel of a place is also very important. Is this where I see myself studying and flying in the next 18-24 months?

Another aspect that you have to take into account is the price of the training. What am I paying and what do I get for that price? With or without accommodation? Hoe many exams are included? There are very big differences around, so be thorough.
Check if they have connections with certain banks that provide pilot loans without ridiculous demands of security.

It’s quite a lot of research, but it is not a decision you should make overnight. Take your time and include your parents/guardians/friends into the whole process.

And how exciting is it when you find The One! Another step closer towards your dream….
Good luck!

4 Comments
  1. numan 1 year ago

    Which flying school did u get into..? And what was the cost…and is it mandatory tht the flying hours sld be with an actual aircraft and not simulator…?? It wld be a great help if u take time to answer these questions….!
    Thank you…!

    • Kassandra 1 year ago

      I went to the Martinair Flight Academy in The Netherlands. Costs were about 100.000 Euros. It is not mandatory to get all the hours in an actual aircraft. Flight schools that offer an MPL course do a big part of the training in the simulator. It will not make the training cheaper though… If you Google on MPL you will find cadet schemes that work together with airlines and offer you a job after successfully completing the training. Good luck!

  2. Bethany Birchridge 1 year ago

    My friend, Jessica, has really been considering becoming a pilot; however, she hasn’t been sure how to pick a flight school. I love how you mentioned to check the success rate of students that graduated the aviation school you’re considering, as it will help you know if they are right for you. I’ll definitely share these tips with Jess, so thank you for posting them!

  3. Joy Butler 10 months ago

    My younger daughter sent me this article this morning. She even told me that she’s very much interested in becoming a pilot. Ever since she’s a child, she has this hobby of collecting and playing toy airplanes. If this dream of her materialize, we’ll be a proud parent!

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