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6 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Flight Training

Learning to fly? Here's how you can get the most out of your experience...

1) Come prepared

Just like school, coming prepared to your flight lessons helps save you money and time.


2) Observe flights

Ask around at your flight school to see if a CFI is willing to bring you along on one of their flights. Takes notes and learn from the experience (Bonus: it's free flight instruction!)

Nick Meyer

3) Be flexible with your schedule

If you can be flexible with your schedule, you can get more flights done around the weather. If you know there are forecasted storms in the morning, schedule in the afternoon.


4) Ask questions

Aviation can feel very foreign when you first start out. By asking questions, you can quickly start to put the "pieces of the puzzle together" so you have a good knowledge base for your checkride.


5) Fly frequently

Practice makes perfect. If you don't fly frequently, you can find yourself backtracking and repeating things during training. If you fly frequently, you can avoid this and continue moving forward.

Corey Comarek

6) Have fun!

This is your flight training. Make sure you're flying to interesting places, you're flying during different times of the day, and you're flying in weather that challenges you (for example, crosswinds). This will make you a better, safer pilot.


Ready to start your flight training?

In the American Airlines Cadet Academy, you'll train with select flight schools and be paired with an American Airlines pilot mentor to walk with you through the program. Accepted flight school candidates will have the option to work with Discover® Student Loans to apply for a loan.

After you complete the program, AA's three wholly owned regional carriers (Envoy, PSA, and Piedmont) will offer you a guaranteed interview. If you're hired by one of these regional airlines, you will be well on your way to working at American Airlines.

Want to learn more? Check out the AA Cadet Academy here.

Discover Student Loans are not offered or made by American Airlines or any flight training school, but are made by Discover Bank.

Corey Komarec

Corey is an Embraer 175 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota, and he's been flying since he was 16. You can reach him at

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