The survey encourages anyone who has taken flight training in the past 12 months to candidly share their training experiences. Responses are used to measure the overall performance of the respondent’s flight training providers and spotlight areas where they are successful and where they have opportunities to improve.
Survey participants include pilots of all experience levels, from new students to those earning advanced ratings or taking a flight review. Survey results are used to select winners of the Flight Training Experience Awards, which will be presented during Redbird Migration, October 15-17 in Englewood, Colorado.
Survey scores are ranked using statistical measures, allowing smaller schools to remain competitive while accounting for the greater weight of evidence provided by larger numbers of responses. Free response answers are scored by a panel of industry experts who are unaware of the identity of the school or instructor being judged.
This award is given to the flight school and flight instructor in each region who has received at least five valid entries submitted on their behalf by student and former clients through the Flight Training Experience Survey and has the top overall score from survey results for this category.
For each of the two categories, Best Flight School and Best Flight Instructor, six awards will be presented, one for each of the following regions: NW Mountain, Western Pacific, Great Lakes, Central Southwest, Southern, and Eastern. Additionally, a national winner will be recognized out of the six regional award recipients.
Additionally, regional winners will receive a Zulu 3 headset, compliments of Lightspeed.
This award is granted to flight schools and flight instructors who received at least five independent reviews and consistently earned superior ratings from their customers on the areas highlighted in the Flight Training Experience Research (Educational Quality, Customer Service, Information Sharing, and Community).
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.
The You Can Fly program is made possible by generous donations to the AOPA Foundation. To make a contribution, visit aopafoundation.org/donate.