09 Feb What Is Accelerated Flight Training?
Time: Accelerate flight training programs commonly instruct their students in as little as two weeks up to around 60 days. This can happen if you have already passed your written test or at least taken some type of ground school.
Cost: The largest factor to determine the cost of flight training is how often you fly, the price of aviation fuel, the type of plane and your instructor’s costs. While some of these could possibly be open for a reduction, you can help lessen your cost by locking in a price with an accelerated flight training program. When you call and talk to your flight training school, ask them if they will lock in a price for a certain number of flight hours with an instructor. This way you will know, with reasonable accuracy, what your costs are going to be to get your private pilot license.
Instructor: Make sure to check out your instructors’ references before you commit to any school. Some certified flight instructors, especially if they are newly licensed, will be building flight time until they can move on to their first flight line job. While training is one of the greatest ways to become a better pilot, the attitude of the instructor is something to consider. Find out if your instructor at your accelerated flight school has the knowledge, experience, and teaching ability that you are comfortable with. Normally, you will find a better fit at a local FBO with certified flight instructors who are there to teach and not there to build time. As with other training, prices are negotiable with flight schools and trainers. Before you begin training, call around and get the prices for each of the items involved in training. You might try to use this information to negotiate with the flight school that you end up choosing.
Ground School: What is your learning style? Are you experienced at teaching yourself or do you prefer group sessions? Can you read a book and absorb all of the knowledge you need to know, or would videos work better for you? All of these items need to be taken into account in your decision for a flight school. Accelerated Flight Schools can be so effective because you must learn all or most of your written test standards before you start with them. By the time you walk in the door, it’s time to jump in the plane and fly. If you aren’t good at teaching yourself, or would prefer to ask lots of questions and discuss principles and practices with others, a traditional flight school would be more to your liking.
You: What all of these items really boil down to is “what is the right decision for you?” Do you want to get as many individual licenses and ratings as you can so you can move on to flying big jets at an airline? Or, would do you just want to fly for fun and do weekend trips to get the $100 hamburger? If time isn’t a factor, then take into account cost. If cost is not the determining factor, then take a look at your certified flight instructor or see how comfortable you are at the individual flight schools. Making the decision on accelerated flight training versus traditional flight training really comes down to your personal feelings on each of the items. Make sure to ask lots of questions and be comfortable with the answers.
Are there other deciding components in choosing an accelerated flight training school? Care to share your background whether you went the accelerated flight training track or the more traditional direction?