1. Research Your Area – Understand the aviation industry in your area, local laws and regulations that apply to flight schools, and any potential competition you may face.
2. Create a Business Plan – Outline your goals, operating strategies, marketing plan, and financial projections.
3. Obtain Licensing and Permits – Work with the Federal Aviation Administration as well as other local, state, and federal agencies to obtain the necessary permits and licenses.
4. Find an Appropriate Location – Consider access to an airport or airstrip for pilot training purposes, easy access for potential students, and the availability of necessary facilities such as hangars, classrooms, and restrooms.
5. Purchase or Lease Aircraft – Look for aircraft that are reliable and suitable for pilot training. Consider factors such as seating capacity, engine type, fuel efficiency, avionics package, interior condition and overall value when making your selection.
6. Hire Instructors – Look for qualified instructors who you can trust to provide a quality education to all students.
7. Develop Safety Protocols – Outline clear safety protocols that instructors and students must follow when operating aircraft, taking into account the operating environment, aircraft type, and any other applicable factors.
8. Market Your Flight School – Use creative marketing strategies such as advertising in local publications, attending air shows, and developing relationships with local businesses to promote your flight school.