Paced vs Accelerated Flight Training

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    One of the most common questions we hear from prospective pilots is how long will it take to complete training. To answer this question you’ll need to understand your options. There is paced training and accelerated training.

    Paced Flight Training Programs

    Paced flight training programs tend to fit a busy lifestyle. Between work, family, and other commitments, many students simply cannot afford the time it takes to make flight training their full-time job. A solid, paced approach will look something like this:

    • 2-3 training sessions per week
    • Each training session is three hours in length
    • A typical Sport Pilot, Private Pilot, or Instrument rating student will complete the course in 5-6 months

    Accelerated Flight Training Programs

    Accelerated students want to finish their certificate or rating quickly and therefore dedicate a full-time schedule to flight training. These students sometimes come to us from out of town, but not always.

    Accelerated flight training is fast-paced and hard work, but we specialize in helping these dedicated individuals complete their goals in a timely manner. The accelerated training approach will look something like this:

    • 5-7 training days per week (full days)
    • Two training sessions per day (ex: 8am-11am & 12pm-3pm)
    • A typical Sport pilot, Private pilot, or Instrument rating student will complete the course in 2-3 weeks

    One caveat with accelerated training programs, however, is that the written exam must be completed before you can begin training. If the written test isn’t completed you won’t be able to complete your training in the 2-3 week time period.

    Avoid spending a fortune and never completing your training

    The two main factors that prevent people from successfully completing their flight training are money and time. We encourage anyone wanting to pursue flight training to have the time and the funds set aside before training begins.

    This will help you avoid continuously stopping and restarting your training, a pattern that will not only delay your completion but adds unnecessary costs and frustrations to the overall process.

    By Liz Brassaw

    Liz Brassaw is the Chief Pilot and Chief Flight Operations Officer for Thrust Flight. She is a CFI, CFII and MEI with over 2,500 hours of flight instruction given. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the Utah Valley University School of Aviation Sciences. She’s passionate about flying and enjoys instilling that love in the instructors on her team and the new students she trains.

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