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Have you flown with a flight instructor in the past 12 months? Was it the kind of experience that met your every expectation, inspiring you to fly? Or did it leave you with thoughts about how the process might be improved?

The Flight Training Experience Survey is open for students to rate their training experiences.

No matter what the mission was for your recent instructional session, AOPA wants to hear about it during the AOPA 2017 Flight Training Experience Survey.

The survey kicked off May 22, giving you an opportunity to share your recent flight training experience, and to tell AOPA about a school or individual instructor. From the good to the bad to the awesome, AOPA wants to hear it all, so take the survey right away!

Your feedback will help schools and instructors create better training experiences, while ensuring that the very best flight training providers get the recognition they deserve—with the best of the best to be honored with a Flight Training Experience Award.

How does feedback help improve the quality of the flight training experience? Each school or flight instructor that qualifies by receiving feedback in at least five completed entries from survey respondents will be provided with a report card that indicates how they rated with their customers.

To understand what produces a satisfied flight training customer, AOPA commissioned research that identified four factors that, when combined, create an optimal flight training experience. The four factors are educational quality, customer focus, community, and information sharing.

The Flight Training Experience Survey measures the performance of flight training providers through those categories. You can review the research here.

Top-notch flight training providers say they appreciate the “brand recognition” and the ability to make a great business even better that come with receiving a Flight Training Experience Award.

“Winning the award helped with a lot of things, but it especially helped us in two key areas: recruiting quality CFIs, and an increased inflow of quality clients from a broader geographic region,” said Chris Graessle of Take Flight Aviation of Orange County Airport in Montgomery, New York, the 2016 President’s Award winner.

For Brenda Tibbs of Bravo Flight Training of Frederick, Maryland, being named 2016’s Best Flight Instructor put her business on the map for pilot trainees searching far and wide for a quality flight training experience.

“There is brand recognition by being recognized by AOPA. It is a great endorsement,” she said. “People who do not have any other point of reference will look to this poll in order to research flight schools and instructors. I have gotten students that will drive past other airports in order to fly with me, even a student from Texas."

Participants in the Flight Training Experience Survey will be eligible to enter to win generously donated sweepstakes prizes including an Aircraft Spruce $150 Gift Card, a Pilot Workshops Real World Coast to Coast online course, an online Sporty's Learn to Fly Private Pilot Course, and an online Sporty's Instrument Rating Course.

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.

Help AOPA identify the best of the best in flight training by taking the Flight Training Experience Survey today!

Topics: You Can Fly, Student, Flight Instructor

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