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More than 5,400 responses have been collected since AOPA launched the You Can Fly 2017 Flight Training Experience Survey and Awards, giving students and pilots a chance to help AOPA recognize the best flight instructors and schools, and giving schools valuable insight into student experience. The survey will close Aug. 14 at noon EDT.

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Instructors whose students provide more than five valid responses qualify to receive an official report card to see where they stack up in the industry. Additionally, survey participants will be eligible to win one of six sweepstakes prizes.

Each year, AOPA recognizes top CFIs and flight schools across the country for their excellence in flight training. The survey allows AOPA to analyze and share feedback from customers to identify top training providers and help schools and instructors improve their programs and teaching practices. In 2016, AOPA collected reviews of 789 different flight schools and 1,515 different flight instructors. 

This year, AOPA announced the Flight Training Experience Awards have expanded to identify the top flight schools and instructors in five regions across the country, and will pick a national overall winner for both from the top winners in each region. Survey participants can provide customer service feedback on one flight school and one flight instructor per survey.

“It’s always great to get feedback from student pilots across the country and this survey is the best and most concrete way to help flight training improve,” said Chris Moser, director of AOPA’s Flight Training Initiative. “Make sure your voice is heard and submit the survey before the deadline of August 14. Flight instructors should also remind their students to submit responses, and with enough submissions, will be eligible for a regional award and top overall.”

For more information and to participate in the survey, please visit

The Flight Training Experience Survey and Awards are part of AOPA’s You Can Fly program, a comprehensive set of initiatives designed to get people flying and keep them flying. These initiatives support flying clubs, get lapsed pilots back into the air, encourage best practices in flight training, help high school students prepare for careers in aviation and aerospace, and bring AOPA’s resources and expertise to pilot groups across the country.

AOPA Communications staff

Topics: You Can Fly, Pilot Training and Certification

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