Local Flight Training School

Program benefits...

  • This training environment is designed for students that need flexibility in training. 

  • Most FBOs offer competitive training rates to attract business. This can be helpful when budgeting for flight training expenses.

  • Students can generally select a flight instructor that meets their individual needs for learning style, pace, and schedule.

  • Students using FBO training facilities have an inherent networking ability. Many corporate pilots and smaller commercial operators use FBOs for stopovers. This provides students opportunities that may generate future employment for their careers. 

Local flight school overview...

Local flight schools, also known as Fixed Base Operators (FBO), are a flexible and economical way to learn how to fly. An FBO is a business at a local airport that offers services such as: flight training, refueling, aircraft maintenance, or aircraft charters. Most FBOs employ their own Certified Flight Instructors that train students using FBO-provided aircraft. 

Additional considerations...

  • Because of the flexibility of FBO flight training, they can be unstructured at times. Flight instructor teaching methods often vary and are unique to the individual providing the training.

  • Pilots that obtain this style of training are generally not as competitive in job applications when compared to university flight school graduates. University graduates have industry-specific classes that are often not provided or available to those completing training at an FBO.

  • Aircraft tend to be older and lack technology that students may need for future employment. While this helps keep costs low, it prevents students from obtaining valuable experience.

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