Top 15 flight school scams to avoid.

flight school scams

I know you want a good return on your investment for flight training without being scammed.

Today flight school scams are more common than ever before yet students enroll in flight schools without proper inquiry.

Hence I have discussed the flight school scams which will allow you to find out the most suitable flight school for you.

I have written about 15 forms of flight school scams and ways how can you prevent yourself from being scammed by a flight training institute.

So let us begin:

1. Underquoting price.

Many flight schools today try to underquote the price of the flight training course.

A dishonest flight training school will give you an attractive price quotation which is not the actual flight training cost.

Often times they will have so many hidden costs that they do not disclose in the beginning.

Until you enroll in the flight school only to find out your actual flight training package is a lot more than the quotation you have received.

There are many costs involved in flight training. Sometimes the flight training school will just quote you a price that is only for renting the aircraft and a flight instructor.

Other costs involved such as:

  • Taxes;
  • Airport takeoff and landing fees;
  • Exam fees;
  • Books and supplies

Will not be quoted in your initial price quotation.

How to avoid this?

Simply when you request a flight training course quotation, clarify whether this price involves all the costs.

Because you do not want to pay extra for your flight training. As flight training is already a costly course, you do not want to waste your money by being scammed.

Verify with them, do you have to pay additional fees on top of the quotation you have received or not.

A good flight school will not keep any hidden costs and disclose all associated expenses in your initial pilot training course cost.

2. Assuring completion date.

Most flight training schools if not all will promise you that you can complete your flight training in a fixed period of time.

Completion of flight training and acquiring a commercial pilot license in a fixed period of time is always not the case.

However, it does not mean all the flight schools are trying to scam you.

Some flight schools will guarantee you a period of time such as 12 months to get your commercial pilot license.

However good flight schools will also tell you the factors that may affect your flight training completion period.

Factors such as:

  • Bad weather;
  • Not availability of aircraft;
  • As well as your personal progress

It can delay your flight training.

If you understand all these factors, you will know why completing flight training in time is not always the case.

Do not believe in the false promises of a flight school telling you that you can finish your training with a particular flight school for less than a year.

You do not have to be in a hurry to finish your flight training. Flying is a fun experience so take your time and enjoy it.

Talk to other students from the flight school and ask them how often do they get a flight.

Then you can judge whether this is the right school or not.

3. Compromising safety to save money.

The worst thing a flight school can do is compromising safety.

A good flight school will have good flight records and never compromise in the maintenance of aircraft.

Some flight school does not have good maintenance or they may not want to spend too much on maintenance.

Having poor aircraft maintenance and not enough aircraft technicians can harm your flight training in several ways.

Not having good maintenance can be the cause of grounded aircraft, as a result, your flight training will be delayed.

Flying an airplane that is not well maintained can cause fatality.

So look at the actual aircraft in a school in which students are flying. Spend some time in their hangar and talk to the technicians if they have any present.

If the aircraft looks as if it is falling apart, it is best to avoid that flight training school.

If there are plenty of aircraft mechanics present in the hangar and always doing a good job with aircraft there means the school has well-maintained aircraft.

4. Financial capability of a flight school.

Speaking of the maintenance technicians of a flight school, I figured out that it really depends on the financial capability of a flight school.

A leading flight school has the good financial capability.

Having sufficient fund in the flight school’s account will allow them to:

  • Good flight instructors;
  • Have more aircraft in their fleet;
  • Plenty of good aircraft technicians and mechanics;
  • Well maintained aircraft.

Similarly, if a flight school is low in the budget they will try scam you in several ways and definitely delay your flight training.

If you visit the hangar of a flight school you will figure out the financial capability of the flight school yourself by the look of it.

Talk to the staff in the company and if possible talk to the owner of the flight school to have an idea of that flight school.

Ask them:

  • How long they have been in operation;
  • Are they planning to expand their school;
  • Do they have plans to add more aircraft to their fleet?

5. Guaranteed flight instructor job.

If a flight school promises you that they will hire you as a certified flight instructor after you complete your flight training it may be a sign of scamming you.

While working as a flight instructor in the same flight school where you completed your training is possible, it is not always common.

Because there are already qualified flight instructors working there.

Unless the current flight instructor decides to go to the airline, the company will not have a vacant position for you.

If all the flight schools are hiring their students as their flight instructors then there will be more flight instructors then students.

Often times a school will try to scam you by asking you to do the flight instructor course in their school in order to work there as a flight instructor.


I have seen many flight instructors they did their flight instructor course with a company and never got hired.

I only saw them waiting in the hope of being released as a flight instructor however their waiting never ends.

Do not believe if a flight school says you that they can guarantee you a job after completion of your flight training.

It is actually a common practice to acquire more pilot students.

Avoid this kind of flight school because no flight school is going to hire flight instructors more than they need.

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