Certified to Fly

When you first got the vision to become a pilot, how did you see yourself? For some of us it is at the controls of a jumbo jet operated by one of the big airline companies flying from one exotic location to another and having the power and responsibility for that billion dollar airplane and hundreds of lives.

For others it’s being a private pilot for a small airline flying rich people around or just flying for your own pleasure. You are free, literally “as a bird” to glide over the world gazing down and deciding where you might land before taking to the air again. These are fun images and even as you work your way through flight school and then start “paying your dues” in the airline industry to work toward your goal, its good to keep the dream so you always have the next rung of the latter ahead and you never give up.

It’s good to have a firm idea of who you want to be as a pilot because it actually affects the kind of pilot’s certification you will go for after flight school. So understanding the different kinds of certification and what is required to meet the requirements for that level of responsibility can be important. Of course, your goals may change the longer you stay in your career as a pilot. But if you know going in what is required, you can tailor and customize your training and preparations around your goals.

There are actually six levels of pilot certification, one of which you may already have. If you are already in flight school and you have gotten to the point that you are taking training flights and handling the craft yourself, you had to already get a student pilot certification. All pilots’ certifications have requirements and restrictions so obviously as a student pilot, you can only operate an airline in the instructional setting and not on your own except for your final solo flights as authorized by the school.

Just above the student level but a pilot’s certification that you can use for your own purposes are the sports and the recreational pilot’s license. These certifications are less restrictive than the student’s license but you will be limited to fly only in good weather conditions and strong daylight, that your distances will be limited as will the type of aircraft. You can also only have one passenger with a student license. What the FAA has created in the sports and recreational licenses are certifications that allow for some enjoyment level flying but are not certified at a high enough level to make being a pilot your career.

The top three levels of pilot’s licenses are the private pilot license, the commercial pilot and the airline transport license. The names are fairly self explanatory. Often new pilots try to reach the private pilot level before going on for the more demanding higher level licenses. With a private pilot license, you can operate a much greater variety of aircraft including helicopters and balloons and you can use your pilot’s license as part of your job although you cannot be paid for flying. So your job may be crop dusting and you are paid for that and your ability to fly a small aircraft is in connection with your job.

Obviously the commercial pilot’s certification and the airline transport pilot’s license are the ones you would go for to be able to fly the big jets. But you may never need to get that far. So evaluate your goals and target your certification accordingly. In that way you are using your training time well and when you have reached the level you aspire to, you will get that sense of satisfaction that you are a pilot who is realizing the dream.

Insider Tips on Preparing to get Your Pilot’s License

When I was growing up, probably the one piece of “sage advice” I heard from an elder relative was simply, “Always know what you are getting into.” And when it comes to getting your pilot’s license and becoming one of those select few who are allowed to take aircraft off the face of planet earth, you should be well prepared to get through what is by any estimation a pretty tough training period.

They say that anything worth having is worth waiting for. And getting your pilot’s license is definitely worth going for. So not only should you go into it with a good supply of determination and patience, you should go in dead set on working as hard as you need to. Then not only do you come away with the license, you come way fully prepared for anything once you get in the pilots seat of an airplane. And some of the things you should be prepared for are…

. Lots of study. You will have to know your aircraft inside and out. Don’t settle for anything less.
. Making an investment. Quality flight training is not something you should cut costs on. Be prepared to pay for the best training you can get. It will pay off many times over when you are totally confident in your training.
. Sticking with it. It will be up to you to keep scheduling lessons one after the other so you progress through the training until you are ready for that first test flight. Don’t let grass grow under your feet between classes. Make getting your pilot’s license a high priority in your life and you will get to your goal before you know it.
. Test flights. You won’t be flying an aircraft in the first week of class. You are going to have to learn a lot before the instructor lets you have the controls. But be determined to demonstrate your knowledge and air worthiness so when he or she does turn over the craft to you, you are ready for that responsibility.

You are entering an entirely new world and a new skill where you must have a combination of a high level of knowledge and plenty of experience to be able to handle the many situations you will face in the air. The first level of competency is your knowledge of the airplane you are about to fly.

While you are not going to become an airplane mechanic, there should be nothing unfamiliar about your plane. Study the mechanics, the design and the operation of the aircraft until you eat, drink and sleep airplanes. That knowledge will be a lifeline for you once you are the captain of that craft.

Do your homework up front about not only the reputation of the school you choose to teach you to fly an airplane but whether the individual instructors are acceptable. Not only should your teachers be experts in flying, they should be outstanding at passing that knowledge along to you. If you are not comfortable with a teacher or you and that teacher just don’t hit it off, make changes early. You will be in the air with that instructor as your training moves along so you want to be sure you are on the same wavelength with him or her.

By making it your ambition and even your mission in life to get the best, the toughest and the most thorough flight training you can get, you are starting off on the right foot toward a great career in the airline industry. Your training should be difficult, uncompromising and if you don’t cut it the first time, they should have no qualms about making you go around for that lesson again.

You will be responsible for the lives of others when you reach your goal of piloting an aircraft. You should accept no shortcuts and insist on nothing but the best so you come out of that training the best of the best as well. You will be glad you had high standards when it comes to the pilots training you get.

Flying Lessons


Have you ever wanted to take flying lessons, but you could not work up the nerve? To learn how to fly, you have to go to flight schools that are specially trained to teach people that have a desire to fly either commercial airliners or smaller planes would like to learn to fly with special aviation training.

Flight training doesn’t have to be that difficult, nor does a flight school have to be expensive. It just depends if you know where to look, and what aviation Academy you want to choose. Here’s a quick overview of what you need to do if you want to learn how to fly starting this week.

The first place that you should begin your search is to talk to friends or family members that are also interested in this. Perhaps one of them has a pilot’s license, and they can tell you where you can go to do the same. Another thing you can do is check on the Internet for different aviation academies that are close by. You can find out about pricing and what is available so that you will be able to participate and have fun, all the while getting your pilot’s license so that you can fly planes commercially or in your area.

When you are flying with an aircraft is one of the most exhilarating experiences that you could ever learn. Learn to fly takes both skills and persistent determination because a pilot must endure a rigid training of a flight school. On the other hand, the needed skills you will learn in the flight training. For this reason, it is very important for a pilot wannabe to choose the best school of aviation available.

You need to acquire the necessary skills in order to pilot an airplane. All the flight schools teach basic procedure to navigate with an aircraft but the type of approach they use can vary from a flight center to another. When you seek an efficient flight school, you need to take into account some important factors. First of all, if you want to become a very good pilot you must have proficient instructors and good flight course. You need to inform about the capabilities and qualities of the potential instructors and the flying lessons plan of different flying schools. Also, the training tools are very important in your process of learning. Hence, when you are looking for the best flight school for you, you check if they have computers and modern training tools. Secondly, an efficient flight school will have enough aircraft to assure good flight training.

The aircraft must be fit equipped with diverse gadgets and are properly maintained. It is not insignificant when you have to choose a flight school the services that it can offer. You have to know what conditions the school can assure: the number and size of the classrooms, the facilities like library, canteen, lounge and others. A very good source to inform about the flight schools is the internet. But before to register, it is recommendable to visit two or more of them.

So, you can evaluate them more correctly and you can discuss with some of the instructors and students from these schools. They will help you to take a right decision. You must keep in mind that you need to choose a flight school that will meet all your requirements to become a good pilot.