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What should I consider when looking for a flight school?

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Each flight school has something different to offer prospective pilots. Some of the key things to consider when researching aviation schools include:

  • Courses: You have the choice between programs and courses. Programs such as our PPP, APT and CPT offer a direct route to becoming a commercial pilot and are Nationally Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. While certificates, ratings and courses, are approved by the FAA under 14 CFR Part 141
  • Funding: Funding availability and financial support can also play a huge role. If you are concerned about the costs of pilot training, look to flight schools that are accredited in the same way as a college, like here at L3Harris. Our accreditation means you have access to Federal Financial Aid when enrolling on our PPP (should you qualify). Alternatively, you could consider aviation scholarships or flight school loans as a means of funding your pilot training
  • Location: Where your flight school is located can matter. Our Flight Academy in Sanford, Florida, offers wonderful flying weather for over 300 days of the year. Therefore, our cadets can spend more time up in the aircraft
  • Career opportunities: Some flight schools will offer direct routes into employment or will have strong connections with regional airlines, giving cadets excellent employment opportunities. L3Harris has affiliations with 11 different regional airlines that visit campus regularly to interview for First Officer positions. Additionally, our PPP and APT graduates also earn a Flight Instructor Certificate through their programs, giving them a guaranteed job interview for a Flight Instructor position with us