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Why are some flight schools harder to get into than others?

Old 22nd Sep 2023, 09:55
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Why are some flight schools harder to get into than others?

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Why are some flight schools more difficult to get into than others? Is it because some flights schools are willing to take in everyone as long as they pay 100k euros for an integrated program?
I personally think it is better to reject applicants because they didn't meet the standard criterias, rather than just accept them so they might fail during the studies?
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Old 29th Sep 2023, 08:26
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I'm sure every school will have different reasons for their acceptance criteria, just the same as with universities etc. Some will have built up a reputation that they wish to uphold and want their cadets to reflect well upon the school. I would also imagine any school that trains cadets as part of a group would want to ensure they can keep up the pace. Some may also feel it is not right to train students that don't have a good chance of success.

On the flip side, some schools may be far more flexible in training students who will likely need a bit of extra help and without meaning to sound cynical, there will always be some that will happily take your money regardless of whether they believe students will succeed or not.
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Old 29th Sep 2023, 11:02
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Flight schools select paying students? It's the other way around, surely! That's like being selected by Sainsburys to spend your money there.
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Within commercial restraints that's kind of what we do.
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From what I've experienced, the only schools that were harder to get into were those integrated ones with some airline's name behind them because of the higher numbers of applicants. Most modular schools I've visited were using a simple math/physics/English test as the entry test, which is the bare minimum they are required to do.

Even if you do get a bad score, they will try to find any solution to improve the weak parts and get you to join. I don't see much of a problem in this because with modular, if you think that training is too hard, you at least haven't paid a huge amount of money upfront and can even try to at least get the PPL.

There are some modular schools that do those airline type assessments (iq tests, sim, interviews) which can make them seem highly reputable and serious, but people shouldn't be fooled. This only gets you heavily invested in their process, which is a well known marketing method.
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