3 Best cities to start your flight training in USA


Over the last 11 years I had great opportunity to travel around over 15 states of USA. I worked in 4 flights schools as a dispatcher in this period and gain my Private pilot license in the process. Even though I only have PPL I accumulated over 1000 flying hours all over USA and many more thousands of hours with student pilots from varies flights schools I worked for. I always have a great passion for flying and help students become a great pilot also. I am putting together three state I think you should consider to start your flight school. When you choose the flight school do not just consider the price. To make your flying experience to be unforgettable make sure you choose the city you in love with and excited about. Also get to know the cities facts and fun things. After all this is going t be your home while you having amazing journey of your lifetime. So don’t settle for less in anyway.


1. California

With 37 million people, California is 3rd largest state by area. Also it has 8 of the most populated cities. Many people around the world saw this golden state as an ideal resort destination, sunny and dry all year around with easy access to ocean and mountain. Los Angeles, San Francisco, and san Diego to name few of its famous cities and also many students ideal place to start their training. Many schools offer programs cater specifically international students. Beautiful beaches, wonderful weather and many more attraction such as Golden gate bridge, theme parks, national parks, death valley, lakes and museums are few reason students come California to begin their life time ambition. California is home of well over 200 airports with 9 international airports. More airport means more base for flight schools to start their business. Well over 100 FAA approved flight schools exist in California and many of them are producing world class pilots which makes it California one of the best place to start your flight school in not just in USA but around the whole world.



2. Florida

Florida is only 22nd place out of 50 in total size area but its all year around amazing weather surely attract the students to start their training. High temperature can go up to 90 degrees F on late July and low temperature can go down to 40 degrees in early to mid January. This fantastic climate allow students to fly almost 365 days even though large part of the state hits by regular thunderstorm from late spring until early autumn, this doesn’t affect the training for many. Students can always schedule the training according to the weather. Over 100 airports with 15 international airports in Florida. This all factors put together becomes a great package for a student to comes Florida to begin the training. Over 100 FAA approved schools exist in this state with tremendous record of producing airline pilots around the world. The course price can vary from school to school but still its almost 50% cheaper than European schools. All put together becomes a heaven for future pilots which are the reason behind to bringing in 1000s of students every year from all over the world. In students free time Florida offers some of the greatest attraction offers by any city in USA. Many world famous beaches, theme parks, everglades and night life to name very few.



3. Texas

Texas population covers over 8% of the total USA population. Second largest state with close to 27 million people live is this beautiful state. Even though Texas doesn’t share the same type of tourist attraction as Florida or California, this historical state has some amazing cities such as Houston, Austin and Dallas. Texas is home of some excellent flight schools which are producing great pilots over the years. Texas climate helps these schools to attract students from abroad to come to the city and explore their dream career. Just like California, Texas also have well over 200 airports with great facilities. It’s always great for any students to experience flight training in an atmosphere that offers everything that needs to become a well knowledge skilled pilots.

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I choose my instructor by recommendation from one of my friends in the flight school. I soon realized he is such a great skilled instructor with lots of passion and dedication towards flying. I had great few flight lessons till I came across on one flight about an outraging personality when I made a mistake he shouted and screamed towards me. Every time he shouts in the plane I lose my focus and started to do many more mistakes. I started to get scared of flying with him as if I was flying with a snake that could bite me any second. Even though I stuck by this instructor throughout my private pilot lesson I hated every moment I was flying with him. I do regret now that I had bit of courage to face him and to tell him that if he is going to carry on this manner I will change the instructor.
My instructor has strict personality which makes it difficult to have friendly talk with him or even difficult to ask any question about aviation and my flying. Usually my instructor turns up to the flight just the minute before I start the engine and goes away as soon as I land and switch off the engine. Even though for a long time I get charged for preflight and post flight but I find difficult to question him. Thirty minutes ground I get charged for each flight. It doesn’t seem too much money for 30 minutes but it adds on when you fly over fifty flights. when I talk about this to other students it seems like many students goes through the same issue with their instructor which made me think this issue it just common in the flight schools.
My course fee had been quoted as $45,500. The school did mention this price is for 40 hours of private pilot license and they did inform me most of the students completed around 50 hours to 60 hours. So I expected couple of $1000 to increase it to a final price. But when I checked my school account on the day I got my instrument rating, I have spent around $49000 already. I still have multi engine commercial license pending and also 30hours of hours building. This is going to push the price more than $15000 than quotation quoted price. The school knows that once you start your training you just have to agree the price and pay for it without questioning them. That’s what many students did in the past. I can see that these extra charges will carry on in this flight training industry.
I started my job in USA after years of saving and clear research. I found this company in India and they guaranteed an airline pilot job as soon u complete your commercial license. It’s a dream come true for any student pilot to start a training and to know you will be flying for a airline as soon as you finish the training especially when you have spend over 40000$. The job confirmation they provided us didn’t look fake to me as the document had job details and an approved stamp from aviation authorities. Once I completed my training, I returned to India in such a joy that my parents are going to see their son as first officer in an airline. All my dreams just shattered when I went to the office in India to find out when I can start my job. It completely shocked me when they told that I am on a waiting list with other pilots and that they couldn’t tell me the exact time period for a job and I need to wait. Be careful of these fake agents and companies.
After a month of training I went for a flight as unusual, when I requested my flight log and the keys from dispatcher lady. She informed me that my account is negative. I was completely shocked because I have deposited fifteen thousand dollars a month ago. I asked her to print my account detail to check where my money went? She printed out my sheets of my flight detail of my account for the last month. In that account, I noticed that they charged me $3000 of administration fee which they never mentioned anywhere on the website or the document they had sent me with the acceptance letter before I started the training. When I complained about this to the school office I got a simple answer “every student get this fee charged”. I was very disappointed and argued a lot regarding this matter to finally realize that I have just have accepted this fee and carry on with my training. After this incident I make sure that I check my account regularly if there are anymore hidden charges applied from nowhere.
Some flight school use desperate measures and try to exploit the situation of the new instructors from abroad. Once they finish the training, the school owners knows that these new instructors wants to build hours and get experience rather than go back to their own country. I only know these details after several of my flights. My instructor never showed any enthusiasm towards the trainee but he wanted to fly many hours every week. When I asked others students they explained to me my instructors doesn’t get paid for his work. It came clearly to me that you can’t expect someone to give 100 % when they don’t get paid for the job they do. By the time I changed the instructor that I already flew 32 hours without even get my solo since then I changed my instructor I wish I had done this sooner.