Choosing a school
One of the conundrums with learning to fly is that students, when they are first looking to choose a flight school, have very little information on what criteria to base the decision on. Hence the decision is often based on relatively less important factors such as location or price. Obviously these have to be considered but you are only going to learn to fly once – therefore, it makes sense to choose the best school for your needs.
We suggest visiting several possible schools to talk with the instructors, see the aircraft and the facilities, and discuss your requirements and intentions. Form your own impression of the environment and whether it suits you. Do you want a military style of learning with lots of white shirts and gold epaulettes or would you prefer a more relaxed instructional style? Are the aircraft clean? Are the instructors enthusiastic and professional? What theory briefings or pre/post-flight briefings are done? Are these in a classroom or in the aircraft whilst taxiing to the runway? What extra costs are there for briefings, exams, landing fees, or club memberships?
At Caboolture Microlights, we have experienced and friendly instructors who are passionate about recreational flying and current model aircraft which are fully insured – including for student solo use. This means there is no need to have your own aircraft to complete your training, though you can learn in your own aircraft (provided it is safe and has an equivalent insurance cover to ours). We aim to provide the highest possible standard of instruction so come along to see us before making your decision.
Finally, we strongly recommend that you ignore any offers to pay up-front for your training no matter how tempting the discount is. Financially, aviation is a notoriously precarious activity and it is, sadly, far from unheard of for flying schools to go bust taking innocent students’ money with them. Never give a flying school more money than you can afford to lose.
For similar reasons, never let the flying school “look after” your logbook. We see many students who have previous experience but can’t prove it because their records were lost at a long-defunct flying school.