The flight school closed; your favorite CFI got a job with the airlines; you like your flight school but you don’t like driving 50 miles to get to it. Whatever the reason, sometimes you need a change.
If you’re searching for a new flight school or flight instructor, AOPA has some tools that can help you with your search.
- Our online flight school directory lets you plug in a ZIP code and search parameters (25 to 100 miles). Find it here.
- Our online flight instructor directory lets you search for a CFI by city and state. Find it here.
- AOPA Airports is an online database of public and private use airports. Although most pilots use this as a flight planning tool, you can check to see if an airport has a flight school by searching for the airport, then click the “Services, Businesses & FBOs” link at the top of each listing.
- This is more hit or miss, but you might also post a question on the AOPA Forums. (They’re found here.) There are regional forums, and you also can post learn-to-fly questions in the Left Seat/Right Seat forum.
Seek and ye shall find! Good luck with your flying endeavors in this brand-new year.—Jill W. Tallman
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