10 Questions you must ask before choosing a flight school and instructor

If your’e thinking about taking flight lessons, the most important decisions you will make is where to train and who to train with.  As is often the case, price is a huge factor, but as the saying goes, “you get what you pay for.”

Besides price, here is a list of 10 questions you should ask your flight school and flight instructor that will help you make a decision that you’re going to happy with.

Questions to ask a Flight School

Q1. How many airplanes do you have available for flight training?

The more airplanes they have available, the better your chances are at flying when you choose to.

Q2. How are your airplanes maintained?

If they have their own maintenance department or there is a maintenance department nearby, you’ll be less likely to get cancelled due to maintenance issues.

Q3. How many flight instructors do you have and how many are full time instructors?

Full time instructors have more availability, so the more the better.

Q4. How is ground school handled?

If they leave it up to you, see this as a red flag.  The school and flight instructor should have an interest in your ground school.

Q5. Do you require the use of a syllabus?

Another red flag is not using a syllabus.  Without a syllabus, it will be more difficult to track your progress and finish in a timely manner.

 

Questions to ask a Flight Instructor

Q6. Why did you become a flight instructor?

See if the CFI has a genuine interest in teaching.  A good pilot doesn’t always make a good teacher.

Q7. How long have you been instructing?

It takes some time to develop an effective teaching style.  The more experience, the better.

Q8. What is your teaching style?

Some instructors are more rigid than others.  If you like figuring things out on your own, try to find an instructor that will allow you to do this safely.

Q9. Do you give more compliments than critiques or the other way around?

Most people learn faster with the use of positive reinforcement, but also require solid, constructive feedback – try to find a good balance.

Q10. I’ve heard people talk about “stalling” an airplane.  Can you tell me what that means?

See the instructor in action.  Make sure they don’t talk down to you or talk above your head.

With these questions in hand, you’ll be ready to go find the perfect school and instructor for your individual needs.

Article Author:  Ruth Morlas is currently a corporate pilot who runs a website helping people reach their dreams of becoming a pilot.  You can find her website  and more tips on learning to fly here: www.pilottricks.com

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