The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA’s) annual survey to take the pulse of flight training and seek out excellence where it lives opened on June 1. Anyone who has taken flight training, including recurrent training, within the past 12 months can weigh in and share their experience.

AOPA’s 2019 Flight Training Experience Survey is available online from June 1 until July 31 at noon Eastern Daylight Time. From new student pilots to high-timers working on advanced ratings, survey participants help AOPA identify and bestow recognition on the flight schools and flight instructors who excel in their field.

Also, the information collected by the survey allows the identification and monitoring of trends that are emerging within the flight training industry.

The 2019 AOPA Flight Training Experience Survey has been streamlined to make it quicker and easier to complete. Feedback from the clients of flight-training providers can also generate report cards for eligible schools and instructors, summarizing their clients’ assessments and helping flight-training professionals understand where they are hitting the mark and where there may be room for improvement.

Survey participants can also choose to enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win one of the 11 great prizes.

Survey results are used to select winners of the Flight Training Experience Awards, which will be presented during Redbird Migration, Oct. 15-17 in Englewood, Colorado.

Awards will be given to the best flight school and the best flight instructor in each of six regions including the Northwest Mountain, Western Pacific, Great Lakes, Central Southwest, Southern, and Eastern regions. To be eligible, a flight school or instructor must have received at least five valid entries submitted by clients through the Flight Training Experience Survey and must achieve the top overall score from survey results for their region and category.

A national winner will be selected from among the six regional flight school and flight instructor award recipients. Regional winners will receive a Zulu 3 headset, compliments of Lightspeed. Flight schools and flight instructors who receive at least five independent reviews and consistently earn superior ratings from their customers in the service areas shown by AOPA’s research to be the most valued by their clients (educational quality, customer focus, information sharing, and community) will be honored with Distinguished Flight School and Instructor awards. Click here to learn more about the survey:  

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The Flight Training Experience Survey and Awards are part of the You Can Fly program, powered by AOPA. You Can Fly is a comprehensive set of initiatives designed to get people flying and keep them flying. The Flight Training Experience Survey and Awards support that effort by recognizing flight schools and instructors that deliver exceptional training experiences.

Click here to read the Flight Training Experience Research.