Flight schools played an essential role in disseminating the art of flying balloons and airplanes. In general they were opened and operated by pre-existing commercial and military organizations.
Chalais-Meudon was the premier flight school for French aerostiers in the '80s and '90s.
- School of Ballooning
- Ruffy-Bauman School
- Sopwith Aviation School
- Nippon Flying School
- National Aviation School (Japan)
- National Aviation School Kokuminhiko-kai
- École Suisse d'Aerostation
- École Blériot
- Curtiss Flying School (connected with San Diego Aero Club)
- Wright Flying School
- Central Flying School (see Australian Aero Club)
Organizations & people with associated schools:
- Odessa Aero Club / Imperial All-Russia Aero Club / Moscow Society of Aeronautics
- Henry Farman
- Moisant International Aviators, Inc.
- Societa Incremento Aviazione
- O. E. Williams Aeroplane Co.
- plenty more
During the war, with oversight from the Aircraft Production Board, Americans were educated in droves at six new Military Aviation schools opened in 1916 or 1917. The first class of these students, 147 strong, graduated on 14 July 1917; 150–200 more were expected to graduate each week thereafter. American students also studied at the Royal Flying Corps school in Toronto.