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Texas Flight TrainingEighty Reasons to Attend Flight Training in Texas
By Kyle Garrett
Flight training is fulfilling and exciting, but can be costly and difficult, which is why it's important that you do everything you can to get the most out of the experience. Sometimes, the best way to ensure you maximize the value of your flight training is to travel to another state. Texas, a state second in size only to Alaska, boasts more than 80 airports, a diverse geography and climate, and international flying potential that make it an excellent candidate for flight training.
Perhaps the primary reason to consider flight training in Texas is the abundance of airports that call the state home. The many rural airports located near larger commercial airports offer a wide variety of situations that will be beneficial to your flight training. Whether you're looking for an out-of-the-way field to do touch-and-goes or a large commercial airport with lots of traffic, Texas has it all.
The sheer size of Texas contributes to its varied geography, which includes desert, flat grasslands, forests, and a significant amount of coastline. Such a diverse geography provides a great number of learning opportunities that don't often come up in other states. You could spend a week learning principles of over-water flight and follow it up by learning mountain flying without ever leaving the state.
Another area where Texas' large size proves beneficial is weather. It is home to a number of different climates with weather ranging from cold, snowy winters and mild summers, to desert heat and mild winters. Some areas of Texas see very little rain per year, while others see quite a bit. As for snow, some areas of Texas are very acquainted with it and others may never see temperatures below 65°. The bottom line is that there is some part of Texas where flying is always a possibility and such varied climate will allow you to become acquainted with flying in lots of different types of weather.
Extensive International Flying Possibilities
One often overlooked area where flight training in Texas is second to none is in its proximity to international destinations. Texas shares a border with Mexico, but is also in close proximity to many of the most popular island destinations in the Caribbean. This offers a number of benefits to pilots including learning to navigate international airspace and extraordinary options for down time. Depending on your training goals, you could easily file an international flight plan through Mexican airspace, which will allow you to interact with foreign ATC as well as foreign and US Customs. This is something not many pilots ever experience, let alone during training. An additional benefit is, should you find yourself with extra money and time, that you could choose take a couple of days to venture south of the border or visit one of the nearby island nations for a little rest and relaxation.
As you can see, flight training in Texas has plenty to offer pilots of any level. For more information on Texas flight training, you may want to check out The Flight School. They are located in Cypress, TX and they specialize in Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, and Commercial Pilot training. For more information on flight training in general, check out our Flight Training Resource Center.