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California Flight Schools Get Relief From Regulations

September 23, 2011 – A law that threatened California flight schools for more than a year was finally eased this week, when flight schools were exempted from its provisions.

The California Private Postsecondary Act of 2009 was intended to protect the finances of students who enrolled in mostly independent professional and trade schools outside accredited colleges and universities. The act required schools to pay fees that would ensure that students would not be left without an education but still facing huge loan payments if the school went out of business.

However, the law also required those fees, totaling in the thousands of dollars, be paid by flight schools in the state. Those fees created huge financial burdens for small flight training providers and threatened their existence.

On Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown exempted aviation training providers and programs that meet FAA regulations. Those flight schools or instructors cannot require students to enter into written or oral contracts of indebtedness, or require prepayment of instruction-related costs of more than $2,500.

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