Choosing a flight school is incredibly important to your studies. The right school is not the same for everyone – different, people have different goals. We have put together a list of key factors you should think about when choosing where to complete your training.

Location

This is a big one – you don’t want to be traveling hours each day to get to your school. This will deter you from continuing your studies as you will spend more time in the car then you will in the plane.

If you want to go to a school that is a fair distance away, strongly consider relocating. Living closer to your school not only reduces your travel time, it will relieve stress and give you more time to study.

Your Training Goals and Courses on Offer

If you have a goal of completing a commercial licence, you should start your training at a school that can offer this.

Establishing a relationship with an instructor can be a powerful asset when you train. Having the constant support and understanding from the same group of people can give help you achieve your goals in style.

Another reason for this is there is 2 types of Commercial Pilot Licence; integrated and non-integrated. As a Part 142 school, TVSA can provide students with an integrated course, this means that students will only need to complete a 150-hour syllabus. A non-integrated course is a 200-hour syllabus often provided by Part 141 schools.

If you start your training on a non-integrated course, you can enrol on an integrated course, but you must still complete 200-hours with hours not included in the course to be self-funded. Whereas if you begin your studies on an integrated course you won’t need to complete and flights outside the course if you transfer to a non-integrated course.

Aircraft

This is probably the most important factor to consider when choosing a flight school. There are different types of aircraft for different training goals. Typically for commercial training light sport aircraft are not entirely adequate regardless of their registration type. The aircraft most suitable for this type of training are those that are similar to charter aircraft types, such as; Piper’s, Cessna’s and Beechcraft.

School Culture

It is encouraged to visit all your potential schools, and if you can, complete a trial flight or introductory lesson. Why? Because this will give you a taste of what your training will be like. Every school has their own culture and every student is different.

At TVSA, we have a student-centric philosophy – we all have jobs because there is students to train. As a result of this we have designed our courses to help students progress at a high standard and kept our class sizes small, so students have access to instructors when they need it.

Student Testimonials and Industry Reputation

You would go to a restaurant that had negative reviews, why would chose a flight schoolthat wasn’t achieving your desired outcome?

If the school has case studies and testimonials online make sure you read them. They can give you some insight into where their students have moved on to, what they have achieved and how they found the culture of the school.

Final Thoughts

Just be mindful when choosing a flight school and trust your gut. Not every school is going to offer what you want or the training you are after. It is best to take your time and visit each campus to get a feel of who you are committing to.