Are You Ready To Choose?
So, you have decided to become a Flight Attendant or a Pilot or maybe a Flight Engineer but just don`t know how or where to start? Well, choosing an excellent aviation training school that adequately meets your needs is not as simple as picking a ripe tomato from a vegetable stall, but it can be done.
Before we go any further, it is important for you to determine your aviation goals. Do you want to get an aviation qualification just for fun or do you plan to pursue a career? If you would like to take this seriously then there is a lot of information you must collect prior to making any payment.
Don`t rely on websites and glossy brochures
Most people think the best place to research for information about the school of your choice would be the particular school`s website – but you would be wrong there., having a shiny marketing brochure or a brightly colored webpage with beautiful pictures has nothing to do with how good the school is. Scammers also invest a lot in good material. Remember, information on the school`s website or brochures is good, but we advise you to use it for one thing: collect information and take notes for use during the school visit when you’ll check the veracity of its claims.
Don`t despise the value of forums
A great place to start would be online forums. An online forum is simply a bulletin board or discussion area where people from all over meet to discuss certain topics. Some call them communities. Forums come in all shapes and sizes. Their main objective is to provide an area where members can interact with questions, answers, and discussions on a given topic. Forums would be a good place for you to find former students from particular schools.
From forums, you can find out which aviation schools are actually delivering graduates to airlines and which schools do not. Most of these aviation graduates will tell you the greatest stories about their history and success in aviation. Whilst you should not ultimately base your decision on forum discussions, the more you read about former students` stories the smaller your list will become. This will help you zoom in on particular schools of interest. There are good aviation forums out there. Have you heard of PPrune or yadley.com community?
Investigate flight instructor recognition & availability
In order for you to be a successful student, you need a successful teacher. It`s as simple as that – you need someone who has been in the trade for so long whose mistakes, successes will inspire you.
When selecting the best training school, you should ensure that there are plenty of instructors available who are recognized for their achievements and who are eager to train you. This will help you avoid delays in finishing your classes. You have the right to call and inquire about the number of instructors available, research who they are and how class scheduling is done. Ask to speak to one of the instructors. If they cannot take the time to talk to you now, it is unlikely to improve after you enroll.
And be careful of factories!
Do you know what a factory is? Some schools are well known for being factories, which means that they will accept almost anyone as long as you pay the tuition money.
Any help or care after the training? Forget it. Be aware of this because in this situation it is easy to go to a school like that and to forget the consequences. Airlines know that some schools hire anyone and therefore they will not hire you since you are from that school. And of course, when you never get the job, you will be stuck with being stuck. Sad indeed.
Your schedule matters
Training can be easy if you find a school that is willing to work with you on your schedule.
This is important because a training school that has scheduling difficulties may force you to discontinue your training. Oh yes, there are schools like that. Classes are conducted randomly and instructors don`t show up half the time.
As a prospective student, you have a right to ask for the school`s timetable so that you can determine if the school is able to meet your unique needs.
And when you finally visit the school, here is the information to look for:
- The school’s philosophy, goals, and objectives, and how they match your needs.
- Are there such benefits as housing, financial aid, and additional training, such as short leadership/tourism courses, that will broaden your experience?
- How important is training to the organization?
- How long has the school been in business?
- What about the school’s enrollment numbers, and credentials?
- What are the school’s classrooms like?
- What is the school’s reputation on regulations and safety policies?
Once you’ve decided on a school, be sure a written agreement outlines the payment procedures. Your money is important.