Have you ever dreamt of flying your own airplane? Do you love the idea of flying a luxury private plane full of celebrities? Regardless of what type of plane you want to fly, getting a pilot’s license is the first step to getting your dream job.
According to the FAA, there are several licenses available: a student pilot’s license (to fly solo), a recreational pilot’s certificate, and a private pilot’s certificate, which is most common.
Private Pilot’s License
To receive your private pilot’s license, you must be over 17 years of age, and be able to speak, write, and understand English. Then, you’ll have to apply for a student pilot’s license. You’ll also need to take and pass the aviation medical certificate before flying by yourself. This isn’t a test, but more like a physical check-up to make sure that you are healthy enough to fly and deal with varying air pressures.
Once you’ve gotten your student’s license and passed the medical exam, you’ll need to find an instructor. You need 10 flight hours as a student before you’ll be allowed to fly by yourself. And you’ll also need to pass a written exam before they let you into the plane.
Finally, once you’ve flown by yourself, you’ll need to accumulate a certain number of hours and pass the final FAA exam to get your standard license.
Flying Commercial Jets
If you want to become a commercial pilot, more hours, more tests, and more training will be required. You’ll have to learn to interact with more complex computer systems, and abide by more stringent regulations.
During the test for the commercial pilot’s license, be sure to act professionally and show the instructor that you’re someone who can reliably and safely transport people and goods.
The last thing you’ll want to keep in mind is cost. Flight schools and flying lessons are not cheap. Prices can range from $5,000 to $16,000. Make sure you do your research and budget for this investment.
Once you’ve made your plan, you’re ready to lift-off into a career in the skies.