Do You Want to Fly Airplanes?

Have you loved anything to do with flying and airplanes since you were a little kid? Maybe one of your parents was a pilot and you have always known that you would follow in his or her footsteps. Now that you are an adult, maybe you have decided to make your dreams of being a pilot come true.

Perhaps you have already done an in-depth study of what you need to do to be a pilot. If so, you don't need to read another word. However, maybe you are at the beginning of your quest for information on being a pilot. If that's true, you've come to the right place. The first thing you need to do is to decide whether you want to be a commercial airline pilot or whether you just want to fly for fun. 

A Commercial Pilot - Flying commercially is certainly a lot of fun, as you'll be working with other pilots and your family will receive perks of getting to fly stand-by to places all over the world. However, you need to invest a lot of time in order to get your commercial pilot's license. Also, it's important for you to know that you might be away from your family quite a bit, especially in the beginning years of your career.  Read on for a short version of what you'll need to do to become a licensed commercial pilot.

  • First, you'll need to complete your Bachelor's Degree in designated majors like aviation.
  • You'll need to complete two months of ground training which includes simulator training.
  • You'll need to have 100 hours of being the only manipulator of the controls of the aircraft in which you will be rated.
  • You'll need 1,500 hours of flying experience. 

If you still want to go with getting your commercial license, you also need to decide whether you will devote all your time to your pursuit or whether you will have to work, at least part-time. Find a flight school that will work with you on how you can manage both working and flight training.

A Non-Commercial Pilot's License - Earning this type of license is easier than getting a commercial license. You have to be at least seventeen years old. In addition, you need to be able to speak and write English fluently. You'll have to pass a knowledge test and an oral and practical flight test. You will have to hold a pilot certificate. While the minimum of flight time is 40 hours, your flight school might require that you fly more hours. 

After your ground training, you'll fly with an instructor at first. Later you'll fly solo. You can be sure that you won't get your license until your instructors are fully confident that you can handle a small airplane safely and responsibly.

To learn more about the requirement for each pilot license, reach out to a flight school near you.