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Choosing A Flight School: Three Reasons To Stay Local
By Kyle Garrett
Not long after the earliest days of aviation, people began flocking to their local field for flying lessons. Airports and aircraft may have changed quite a lot since then, but one thing remains the same: your local airport is a great place to complete your flight training. Familiarity, convenience, and lower costs up front combine to create an ideal training environment only a short drive from home.
Chief among the perks of local flight schools is convenience. You don't have to take vacation or quit your job. You don't have to drive or fly to a completely different area of the country. In fact, by training at a local flight school you could easily stop on the way home from work and get a lesson in before dinner. There really isn't a more convenient way to train.
Lower costs up front
While there are many financially gifted pilots buzzing around, there are even more pilots who have a budget to keep. Local flight training is the perfect way to get a lot of bang for your buck, since most local schools tend to be more self-paced. Costs can be spread out more over the course of your training, which is great for someone who only has so much time to devote to training. It will prevent your wallet from running dry and grounding you by letting you pay smaller amounts over a longer period of time.
You know the area
This can be a blessing and a curse, but it is helpful to know the area you'll be flying over during your training. It will probably look completely different from the air, but you will be able to find landmarks that you know and use them as checkpoints or references for maneuvers. You'll know all the places that can get you in trouble. That way you can focus on the task at hand--learning to fly the plane. As for the curse aspect, a little variation will help your flight training, too. Don't forget to step outside your boundaries a little. It helps keep complacency at bay.
If flight training in an area that is familiar, convenient, and less costly up front are important aspects of your ideal flight training environment, you needn't go too far from home. Your local airport is just the place to start your flight training today.