Top 15 flight school scams to avoid.

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11. Urging students for additional training.

It is another way of flight schools to scam their students by pressuring them to take additional training.

A flight school may try to compel you additional aircraft ratings saying that it is necessary.

On the contrary, it is just another way of flight schools to make more money.

If you take additional training which is not always necessary it will just cause extra money.

Do not listen to the flight school if they suggest you to fly in a new aircraft type unless you think you want to experience flying in a different cockpit.

I have seen students taking flying lessons in aircraft which they have never flown again.

The additional rating has expired and it has never been of any use.

12. Promoting expensive pilot supplies.

Flight schools will try to sell extra books and supplies to you with a price more than its actual value.

Selling books and supplies for pilots is a business for flight schools.

And if your flight school has a pilot shop where they sell books with a price tag higher than normal it is better not to buy from them.

There are plenty of options to buy books online.

Visit an online store or go to to find a book that suits your needs.

You don’t have to buy books more than you need right now.

As well as there is the option for buying used books online as aviation books are usually expensive.

So only choose what you need and order it online instead of buying them from your flight school’s pilot shop.

You can read here which kits are only necessary for your initial flight training >>> Private pilot training kits.

13. Ensuring one flight instructor.

A flight school may promise you that you will fly with only one instructor until the end of your flight training.

However, that is never going to happen because a flight instructor may not be available due to many reasons. Your flight instructor may get a better opportunity to suddenly move there.

SO if a flight promises you that you will fly with one instructor till the completion of your course then it is highly likely they are trying to scam you.

Do not listen to your flight school and choose to fly with different instructors so that you will learn different skills and techniques from different instructors.

It is ok to fly with one instructor until you get your first solo but after that, it is better to choose different flight instructors.

14. You are not ready to solo.

Is your flight instructor delaying your first solo flight?

There can be two reasons for that:

  • Either you are not ready yet for your first solo;
  • OR your instructor is delaying it so that he can fly more with you and log his hours.

If you believe that you are ready for your first solo flight and your instructor is purposely delaying it, it is time you talk to your chief flight instructor.

If that is of concern you will be assigned another flight instructor and hopefully, you will be released for your first solo flight.

Typically student pilots get their first solo flight between 20-30 hours.

There are also cases where a student pilot gets released for his/her solo flight at 60 hours.

In case you are confident that you are ready for your first solo flight but being stalled by your instructor, you must talk to the higher authority.

15. Lying about airplane availability.

This is one of the common and biggest problems in flight schools.

Flight schools will lie to you about their number of flight instructors available to fly at all times and the number of flyable aircraft they have.

Once you enroll you realize that most of the aircraft you see in the hangar has expired airworthiness.

Only a couple of the aircraft is flying.

A not well-reputed flight school will always lie about the availability of aircraft to get more students.

But it is difficult for them to accommodate all the students in the aircraft available for flight.

As a result, your flight training will take longer than it is supposed to.

Be aware of this kind of scam. Do not fall for the aircraft you see in their hangar and believe all of those aircraft are flying.

Ask the school actually how many aircraft airworthy of flying and has a regular flight.


Pilot students usually get to know about the flight school scams once they enroll in the school.

It is often not possible for a newbie in the industry to determine whether a flight school is good or bad.

Therefore reading this guide of Top 15 flight school scams can help you massively.

If you figure out any other way that seems to you like a fraud, then make sure to comment below and discuss it here.

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