Say you were a high school senior trying to decide which colleges to apply to; you might choose to stay close to home enrolling in your local community college, or you might broaden your search in order to find the school that is the best fit for you and your career goals. You might decide to move across the country to attend the program that will give you the best chance of success in your field. Certain colleges and universities are held in higher esteem by potential employers than others, and the school you attend will have a direct impact on your career.
The same can be said for prospective pilots and the decision of where to attend flight school and complete their training.
Flight schools are not all the same, and the school you choose to attend can impact your career in a variety of ways, from quality of instruction to networking opportunities and pathways to the airlines. Additionally, many local factors will have an impact on the speed of your training, from the local climate to the local airspace, not to mention the resources of the school itself, including planes, instructors and critically aircraft maintenance.
Just as with college, flight school is a time for personal and professional development, meeting new people, and exploring new places. Exciting things can happen when you step out of your comfort zone. Before you decide to attend the nearest flight school, consider the reasons why relocating may be a better choice for your future career.