Top 10 Flight School Scams
Finding a trustworthy and honest flight school can be a challenge for any student pilot or potential aviator. That’s why you need to be equipped with the knowledge it takes to make a wise flight school choice. Luckily, your friends at US Sport Flight Academy have assembled a list of the biggest pitfalls or scams that prospective pilots suffer from deceitful flight schools.
US Sport Flight Academy presents… the top ten biggest flight school scams and pitfalls and how to avoid them!
Did we miss one? Have you had a bad experience with a dishonest flight school? Let us know in the comments!
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*HAS THE WORST*
*PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT*
(PAID THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO*STERLING AVIATION* FOR *MAINTENANCE THAT WAS NEVER DONE,*
HAD MULTIPLE *PARTS* AND *COMPONENTS STOLEN* OFF OF MY AIRCRAFT WHILE IN THEIR FACILITIES,
*PARTS AND MAINTENANCE* THAT DIRECTLY *EFFECT* THE MATERIAL HEALTH, *SAFETY, AND PROPERTY* OF *MYSELF, CREW, PASSENGERS, OTHER AIRCRAFT* IN THE AIR, AND THE *GENERAL PUBLIC AND PROPERTY* ON THE GROUND.
ADDITIONALLY, *STERLING AVIATION* WAS *PAID TO PERFORM MULTIPLE* INTERNAL SYSTEMS AND INTERNAL STRUCTURAL *SAFETY CHECKS AND REPAIRS* THAT THEY *NEVER PREFORMED* AS INDICATED BY, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, FAILURE TO BREACH CERTAIN STRUCTURES PRELIMINARALY NECESSARY TO COMPLETE SUCH CHECKS AND REPAIRS.
*AFTER MULTIPLE ATTEMPTS* TO MAKE *CONTACT* WITH *STERLING AVIATION* CONCERNING THE AFOREMENTIONED DISCREPANCIES, AND MULTIPLE LATER, THEY HAVE MADE *NO EFFORT* TO *RESPOND* TO MY CONCERNS, MUCH LESS EFFORT TO REMEDY *OR REPAIR* THEIR MISTAKES, *DAMAGES*, AND THEFT.
COMPLAINTS FILED WITH THE FAA)
*OUT OF ANY*
*IN THE INDUSTRY*
*DO NOT EVER DO BUSINESS*
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What about helicopter flight schools? A lot of these points don’t apply to those. Many flight schools only have one or two helicopters because that’s all they can afford (helicopters are way more expensive than airplanes). And they usually only have a couple helicopter CFI’s as well because there’s just not a lot of people who want to do that.
Also the last point is really dumb. Of course they’re going to quote the lowest price. Every company on the planet does that. Why would they quote you a higher price than they have to? It’s not misleading to quote the minimum costs, unless they specifically say that that will be your cost
Thoughts on ATP?
Good information. Enjoyed the humor.
Also research the school’s name and how long they have used it. Some flight schools will go through a name change or "re-branding" to hide their safety records or other undignified events. I would argue the point about "new" aircraft. One of the most vulnerable times for an aircraft is when it is new during a "break in" period. If it has been pushed too hard, then it will have more maintenance issues and may be less reliable than a well seasoned airplane. Every airplane must go through an annual inspection (basically stripped down, inspected and put back together again) and every airplane used for hire must be on a strict maintenance schedule per FAA guidelines. So the older airplane theory really doesn’t add up. How well the school holds up to those standards would be a different issue but has little to do with the airplane itself.
My mom scheduled me for a airplane joyride in the cockpit and the flight school delayed it for almost 6 months. She changes flight schools.
As an instructor I approach number one on this list this way: I let the student do their own math. Here is what I tell prospect students. 1) Here is the cost of the airplane per hour. 2) here is the cost of the instructor per hour. 3) Here is the minimum (dual/solo/total) hours the FAA requires to get done. 4) here is the national average of hours most students ACTUALLY get done. 5) Here are extra expenses beyond the airplane/instructor i.e. I have a minimum pilots supply list…. required books, E6B computer, headsets, etc… I then have an fancy optional list, if the student wants to go the extra mile on purchases. I then explain all the variables that contribute to the national average of hours for completion being higher than the FAA minimum. I NEVER give them a set number of hours for completion. instead I explain to them how its possible to get done near the minimum, but what is actually more realistic for completion. I just tell them the FAA minimum and the national avg. hours. From there the student can figure out what is best for them.
Getting an Instrument rating DOES make for a safer pilot. PERIOD. Statistic support that!
Is aerocadet a scam ??
Too bad i dont have the money and am barred from pilot school due to my mild protan deficiency. Seriously youtube stop suggesting i become a pilot. If i could, i wouldve a long time ago.
I see something in this video I want to thrust
I find somebody in the background of the video distracting!!
Opinion on ATP flight school?
can she train me
My flight instructor is the best. "Waves to flight instructor on the ground giving a thumbs up".
The blatant "hot gurl so I clicked" sexism in the comments here is exactly why aviation is such a male-dominated hobby/field…nice job at being supportive of the other gender…
Is aeroaguard in phoenix a respected flight school?
I bought an aircraft from my flight school and took training with them and right before my 1st solo my instructor crushed my aircraft and his head and I took him to hospital and later on find out the instructor and the flight school was suspended 🤦♂️ so yes this video is good
Is AEROCADET legit?
how much cost total for comercial pilot
Do you guys have any idea about the Aerocadet flight programs? Would be glad if I could get some clarification regarding it.
My flight school says that Expected Minimum Duration of Program: 24 months (full time basis with approximately 30 hours per week) for commercial Pilot program. Is it ok? (in Canada)
I agree except for the lie that you need late model airplanes. A plane from the 60s flies just as well as a late model plane.
One of the scams not included in this list is the scam being implied: that you have to fly a shiny new model plane with a color screen if you want your license to count for something. That is a scam.
why fake smile
2:43 was a little creepy with her poking out from behind him
she’s one of the most prettiest woman I have ever seen. just wow
Is SUU helicopter flight school legit or not? I really need to know because I want to start immediately
Threw my dream career away by falling for all of these from a fraudulent school (National Pilot Academy). Over a decade later I’m still paying the loans I lost to them and years of fighting to get it some back. I was over eager and tragically naive. I’ve not flown since, sadly, though I nearly had my commercial license.
Thanks for putting this out there to help others learn what I didn’t before it’s too late.
Where are you guys located? Thanks!
Batman @ 4:09 😂
I like this work .
Thanks for the tips
Most people do not realize how hard it can be to get good flight training. MANY MANY people take a lot longer to get the training they need than they think it will. It is just part of the nature of flight training. I am not sure these are really scams per se, but common business practices that flight schools do to take advantage of junior, inexperienced students. Also, most people train on an old Cessna and not a gleaming new aircraft, so not sure that is a red flag.
dang she’s a real cutie
I COULDNT PAY ATTENTION MY EYES WERE ON THAT GORGOUS GIRL
5:09 I’ve been curious about this. How many hours does your private pilot program include?
What about the pay as you go schools?
Pls make a video of top 10 flight school in the world
Is it possible to get my pilot license after my recreational certificate?
Number 0.5, Ending every sentence with a creepy smile 🙂
What about "Upfront Advanced Payments????? How come you never mentioned that???? I I have heard anecdotally, that flight Schools who maybe are on a tight budget, will offer you you a discount if you Pony up 10 or more lessons only to find yourself being" Fobbed Off"or worse the Club goes "belly Up"
11: Take $55,000 in advance for a six-month course, wait until your students travel to the USA, then vanish with all their money. https://abc7.com/accessible-aviation-international-long-beach-california-flight-center-school-scam-indonesian-students/345627/
Thank you guys, I’m interested in trying this.
Bottom line stop taking more money for a class. and keep looking for a cheep but honest ones.
They never asked for a single time
For a thumbs up or subscribe.
We put it and cross the level thousands.
Sir , give me your whatsapp number please.