What are my flight training options?

What are my flight training options?

Just about any airport will have a flight school or a local flight instructor that can teach you how to fly.  I’m going to explain five different ways you can go about obtaining your pilot’s license.

What are my flight training options

FAA Part 61 or 141 Flight Schools

The first and most common way of getting your pilots license is by attend a FAA part 61 or part 141 flight school at your local airport.  A part 61 flight school will be able to work around your schedule so you can get your training done in your free time.  A part 141 flight school offers a structured program where you attend classes and flight lessons on a set schedule.  Learn more about the difference between FAA part 61 and 141 flight schools by clicking here:  FAA Part 61 vs 141 flight schools.  You can find a list of flight schools in your local area by clicking here: List of Flight Schools.

Aviation College/University

Another great way for you to get your pilots license is by enrolling at a University that offers a flight degree program.  If you’re planning on becoming a commercial pilot, this is a great option.  A lot of aviation companies require a 4-year degree so why not learn to fly and get your flight degree at the same time.  If you already have a 4-year degree, I’d go with a part 61 or 141 flight school.  If you’re not planning on becoming a commercial pilot, you’re better off attending a part 61 or 141 flight school.  It will save you time and money.  You can find a list of Aviation College and Universities here: Aviation College and University List. 

Accelerated Flight Training Schools

Want to complete your flight training in a very short amount of time?  Some flight schools offer accelerated flight training courses where you can get your private pilot’s license in under two weeks.  These courses usually cost more and have prerequisites that you have to meet.  Accelerated courses can be good and bad, it all depends on how well you learn.  I’d prefer to attend a regular part 61 or 141 flight school and gain more experience over time instead of cramming everything into a two week or shorter program. 

Freelance Flight Instructor

Another way you can get your pilots license is by find a freelance flight instructor that has access to an aircraft at your local airport. 

Military

You can also join the military and learn to fly for free.

As you can see, there are many different ways for you to get your pilots license.  You just need to decide which one is right for you.

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