How to select the right flight school

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Flight training can take up to 3-5 years and is quite expensive. Learning to fly an aircraft requires intensive training, and that is why it is essential to find the best fit for you. 

How do you choose the right flight school for yourself?

Here are five crucial things to consider when applying for a pilot training program. 

  • Location, location, location. The first choice to make is the location of your flight school. New Zealand has some of the best flight schools, like the International Aviation Academy of New Zealand. Located at Christchurch International Airport in a stand-out, modern complex is the International Aviation Academy of New Zealand (IAANZ), the home to around 100 commercial pilot and flight instructor trainees per year.
  • Consider the Curriculum. The courses should enable students to pass the CPL exams and provide adequate flying hours to prepare flight students for commercial flying. IAANZ courses are designed to allow students to meet the requirements and skill level necessary for the relevant pilot license and meet the needs of future employers.
  • Faculty. Who will you be training under? The school should not only have an excellent curriculum but a qualified training faculty that has enough experience and knowledge to guide students. IAANZ has 28 Flight Instructors, the largest team in New Zealand. 
  • Fee structure. Flight school can be expensive combined with living expenses and travel costs. How will you be paying for your flight school? How flexible is the fee structure? Consider these points before making your final decision. 
  • Infrastructure. What kind of infrastructure does your school have? Do they have a stimulator? Who will be your flying instructor? How far is the school from a runway? Ask these questions while touring your prospective school. The advantages of training at an International airport are huge and allow trainee pilots to develop skills in a truly professional airline environment. 

IAANZ in New Zealand has a training fleet of 28 aircraft and 4 simulators, including an A320 simulator and a Frasca Piper Seminole G1000 flight simulator for providing their cadets the best training. 

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