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How to: Become a Pilot

Of course - becoming a pilot requires some different steps depending on where you're hoping to study. This lesson will focus on the steps involved in becoming a pilot in the US.

Some Things to Think About

The first step to becoming a pilot, is figuring out what you'd like to fly. Depending on the type of aircraft you want to fly, FAA's (Federal Aviation Administration) rules for getting your pilot's license/certificate differ. Your choices range from airplanes to helicopters and airships.

Another thing you should think about is the type of flying you're interested in doing. Pilot's licenses come in several types. They range from a student pilot all the way up to an airline transport pilot.

To operate an aircraft in the United States, you must be licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which since 9/11 is part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). There are several levels of pilot's licenses; the most basic is the Private Pilot license. This license permits the holder to pilot an aircraft anywhere in the United States, and to carry passengers.

What it Takes

Steps to Earning a Private Pilot License

  • Pass a basic medical examination.
  • Receive the required amount of instruction from a Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI).
  • Pass a written examination (100 multiple-choice questions).
  • Pass a "checkride" (aircraft equivalent of a driving test) given by an FAA-approved examiner.

Education,Training, and Licensing

Requirements for professional pilots vary depending on the type of work they are doing. Generally, you must have a strong command of written and spoken English, graduate from a certified pilot training school, and have the appropriate commercial or airline transport pilot's license and endorsements.

The US Flight Academy is a well known, reputable flight school with a long history of accelerated flight training.

Not surprisingly, one of the main steps to becoming a pilot is learning to fly an airplane. A potential pilot must complete ground school and flight training to earn a private pilot's license. Once you have this license and have accumulated enough flight hours you can obtain a commercial pilot's license, which allows pilots to offer their services in exchange for a fee. It's important to look into where you'd want to study.

Because you must accumulate a certain number of flight hours before you can acquire the license needed to fly a large aircraft, many pilots begin their careers working as flight instructors or flying sightseers in small planes. These types of positions allow them to accumulate flight experience without having to pay for the flight time themselves.

To work for a major airline

You will need to have your ATP license. Major airlines typically require at least 3,000 hours total flight time including at least 1,500 hours multi-engine, and at least 1000 hours as pilot in command (PIC) of turbine (jet) powered aircraft, preferably in scheduled airline flying. These numbers will vary depending on the airline. Also, while these may be the minimums required to apply for a job at a major airline, they may be far from the actual competitive numbers and the actual experience of successful applicants may be considerably higher than the minimums.

References

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    principe
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    principeMon, 22 Oct 2012 16:46:21 -0000

    Hi. we are a Cooperative called OSIMANGROUP.GE. We are based in Malabo in Equatorial Guinea. We aim at training people and job providing. We are interested in sending our people for training on piloting. Therefore, we need to know how we can work together. we first want to train them in english for toefl exam. please we are waiting your repply. tel: 00240-222-05-81-89.

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    porioThu, 16 Aug 2012 15:07:36 -0000

    hey, am a lebanese citizen , holder of master degree in business, i want to study to be a pilot, am not graduate from a certified pilot training school, so i wish to study that from the beginning and be a pilot for one of the airlines , so what is required and where i have to apply.
    thanks for replying asap.

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    aryandangal_22Thu, 16 Aug 2012 11:03:46 -0000

    i m a low economical background student. i had complete grade 12. now i m keenly interested to study pilot. but i am not capable to pay such costly fee. so what is the best way???? plz anyone can tell me any idea………. plzplzplz … what should i hav to do????

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    Sparko stickoSun, 04 Dec 2011 15:16:11 -0000

    Plz, am a Nigerian and i want to study piloting in U.S.A, please what are the steps i would take?

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    c-rajWed, 25 May 2011 04:45:08 -0000

    frens i would like to join a pilot courses in USA so plz let me know all the details for applying thnx

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    Rubina SinghMon, 07 Jun 2010 10:03:16 -0000

    Hello,

    As you are planning to US flight academy for Pilot Training course then your first step should be figuring out what you’d like to fly. Depending on the type of aircraft you want to fly, FAA’s (Federal Aviation Administration) rules for getting your pilot’s license/certificate differ.

    The requirements for professional pilots vary depending on the type of work they are doing. Generally, you must have a strong command of written and spoken English, graduate from a certified pilot training school, and have the appropriate commercial or airline transport pilot’s license and endorsements. The US Flight Academy is a well known, reputable flight school with a long history of accelerated flight training.

    The fees is around US$ 50,000 for 2 years course. if you wish to apply to this university Click Here

    You can also seek help of our expert counselors in getting admission simply by writing to them at amit.wadhwa@learnhub.com or you can call us at: +91-9818566611.

    Best of Luck!!

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    Parashar_boyFri, 04 Jun 2010 06:43:01 -0000

    What is the qualification required and how costly is the study of pilot

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    JOHN MAHARJAN
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    JOHN MAHARJANMon, 31 May 2010 08:17:43 -0000

    i want to be a pilot .how much courses fee .
    i am nepalise and i studying in uk .

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    Flight_SchoolFri, 14 May 2010 12:11:07 -0000

    There are various commercial flight learning centers which give all information about, how anyone can become a successful pilot. These centers organize various advanced pilot training programs which are helpful to make their career bright.

    http://www.commercialpilottraining.net/

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    faatestSun, 25 Oct 2009 14:58:37 -0000

    The hardest thing Here is just to pass theoretical
    FAA Test
    Everything else is damn Easy ! FAA Test

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    gauriSat, 24 Oct 2009 23:37:17 -0000

    It is not hard at all i suppose.

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    gauriSat, 24 Oct 2009 23:39:12 -0000

    There is nothing so hard in flying a plane.Gauraw

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    gauriSat, 24 Oct 2009 23:36:24 -0000

    I guess It's not that hard ! There's nothing hard in becoming Pilot.

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    hemanth yadaMon, 16 Nov 2009 14:38:01 -0000

    if u don"t mind tell me the requirments to becom a pilot plsssssss send me the information as fast as possible to hemupilot624@gmail.com

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    AqibAsifFri, 05 Jun 2009 12:12:19 -0000

    its not that easy as i thought but still i am going to search over it

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