Aviation is fun and rewarding but it is also challenging. Aspiring pilots need to choose their pilot training institute with caution. Too many aviation institutes pop up every year. Many offer competitive pricing on the crucial course! These are often courses that don’t even offer runway incursion and other emergency lessons. Vetting the institute before putting money into the course is a must.
Choosing the Institute
An institute that offers a good pilot training program will have certain characteristic features. Aspiring pilots must not compromise on the quality of the institute from which they receive their training and certification. Special attention is required in the following areas.
Everybody checks out reviews but the Google reviews and reviews on the institute’s website are not always reliable. There can be promotional reviews that professional writers are paid to write without ever taking the course.
The surest way to get reliable reviews is to talk to actual people who have taken the course and are currently employed as pilots. If there are no such acquaintances it is okay to increase the search radius through a social media post.
It takes just one pilot acquaintance to find a horde of pilot acquaintances who can all give their honest opinions about the institutes from which they received their training.
The most reputed institutes offer lessons in all kinds of aircraft but each institute has its strong suit. Aspiring pilots must choose an institute that is well-known for training in the specific aircraft type they intend to fly.
While competitive pricing is applicable to reputed institutes as well, it is best not to get greedy. If the cheapest quote is much lower than that of the average institutes, it’s usually a red flag. The quality of training will be only as good as the money it’s worth.
Clarity about the Program
Institutes that don’t disclose the outline of their pilot training program are unreliable. Any reputed institute will specify an outline for the syllabus. A potential student can see if they offer lessons in Night Visual Flight Rules, Flight Navigation and Procedure Training, runway incursion, and other important topics.
Reputation, clarity, and cost bracket make all the difference. However, an aspiring pilot also has to make sure that the institute they enroll in is dedicated to pilot training. Many aviation institutes spend most of their precious resources on cabin crew training.
More people apply to be flight attendants than pilots, it’s a numbers game. Dedicated pilot training institutes are way better than aviation institutes that are a hodgepodge of all types of courses in aviation.
It helps to read a little about pilot training programs before vetting the options. One needs to know what is going on so that it is easy to determine which institute is the best. Also, reading ahead into topics like runway incursion or emergency landing helps potential learners be less clueless and more confident. Confidence and faith in oneself are crucial for a pilot’s job. A good training institute will take care of the skills.