AOPA Releases Flight Training Experience Survey

Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2018 issue

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) “You Can Fly” initiative announced that the 2018 Flight Training Experience Survey is available to take online and will remain open until August 13.

Each year, AOPA requests feedback from recent student pilots and pilots who have received instruction within the last year about their experiences and the quality of instruction from flight schools and CFIs nationwide.

AOPA will use the survey results to recognize outstanding individual aviation educators and flight-training businesses that deliver top-notch service. AOPA also uses the data from the survey to provide “report cards” to flight schools and CFIs. Based on AOPA’s extensive research, the Flight Training Experience Survey considers four key factors of an optimum flight-training experience: educational quality; focus on the customer; community; and information sharing.

The 2018 Flight Training Experience Awards will be presented at AOPA’s new You Can Fly Academy at Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland during Redbird Migration 2018, Oct. 9-11.

In 2017, survey participants reviewed 1,048 flight schools and 2,012 certificated flight instructors.

The AOPA You Can Fly program is entirely funded by charitable donations to the AOPA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Visit the website to learn more about supporting You Can Fly (

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