Flight school recommendations from AOPA
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AOPA's Pilot Information Center receives many requests for flight school recommendations. To make it clear up front, AOPA does not recommend flight schools.

There are, literally, thousands of schools in this country and there is no way AOPA can review each one and provide recommendations. However, there are a few things you can do to help you decide:

1. Start with our basic what to look for guide here - https://www.aopa.org/training-and-safety/learn-to-fly/old-pages/choosing-a-flight-school

2. When searching our online flight school directory, https://www.aopa.org/learntofly/school/?_ga=1.213259741.837019927.1454350867
look for the gold and black 'winner' shield in your search results. These are schools that have received AOPA's Flight Training Experience Award. These awards are bestowed on deserving flight-training professionals and businesses based on responses to the annual Flight Training Experience Survey in which AOPA seeks to identify and honor the best of the best flight training organizations based on feedback from their customers. A school can only win if their students nominate them.

3. Contact the school and request a visit. Look at the aircraft, the ground school program and facilities, review the curriculum used, ask about costs, and meet some staff and instructors to help you form your own opinion. If possible, ask current students for some direct feedback. Don't forget about social media platforms where you can almost always read about the good, the bad, and the ugly.

4. Contact the local BBB and chamber of commerce to learn if there have been any complaints filed against the school.

And of course, if you need any additional guidance, the AOPA Pilot Information Center is just a phone call away - 800-872-2672.
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