Six Great Private Pilot Training Programs in the U.S.

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By Courtney Henderson

There are hundreds of flight schools located across the United States, many of which offer great instruction. When searching for an aviation training school, you will want to make sure the school you choose is the best for your needs.

First off, if you are seeking a private pilot license, make sure you are looking for a school that caters to this type of student. Some aviation schools only offer instruction for commercial pilots. In addition, research whether the school operates under Part 61 or Part 141 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Available aircraft fleet and cost of the program should also be taken into account. To verify the credibility of the school, contact your local FAA Flight Standards District Office, Better Business Bureau or Chamber of Commerce to check the school’s safety records and business practices.

Listed below are six great flight training programs in the United States. By no means are these the top programs. However, they are the better programs in their respective locations. If you do not live near any of these schools, contact your local airport or community college to inquire about any recommended flight training schools in your area.

Flying Tigers in Houston, Texas: Associated with Lee College in Baytown, Texas, the Flying Tigers flight school offers top rate flight courses and training at a great price. A wide variety of aircraft types are available to give you the opportunity to learn the most about visual and instrument flight rules.
Dean International in Miami, Florida: Earn your private pilot or commercial pilot license at one of the most prestigious flight schools in North America. Dean International has 35 aircraft in their fleet and has educated more than 6,000 pilots from all over the world.

Flight Safety International: With 40 learning center locations across the world, Flight Safety International is one of the leading aviation training companies in the industry. The company’s headquarters is in the United States, and most of its training centers are located in the U.S., as well. In addition to private and commercial pilot training, they also offer maintenance technician, flight attendant and dispatcher training.

Connecticut Flight Academy in Hartford, Connecticut: This school operates out of the Hartford Brainard Airport (KHFD). Because the school is so closely located to some of the world’s busiest airports (New York and Boston), students are well-trained in operating aircraft in high traffic areas.
Aviation Professionals Incorporated in Chicago, Illinois: Operating out of Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) this flight school boasts itself as one of the oldest flight training schools in America. Training is offered for both private and commercial pilot licenses.

Alliance Flight Schools in Scottsdale, Arizona: Instruction is one-on-one at this training center that operates out of Scottsdale Municipal Airport (KSDL). Standard and accelerated courses are offered for earning your private pilot license.

Courtney Henderson is writer and editor for Airport Management Degrees. In her spare time, she likes to write guest articles for various websites on various topics of interest.

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