Becoming a pilot is relatively straight forward.Following a few steps will make the dream come true.
First: one must decide they want to become a pilot, and be determined to do whatever is necessary. This is the most important part; it will keep one focused.
Second: one must obtain a medical. A Class 1 medical is required for a commercial license, a Class 3 for a private license.
Third: one must start training for their Private Pilot License. Whether one wants to fly as a career or for pleasure, this is the first step. A minimum of 45 flying hours and 40 hours of ground school are required. One must also pass a written and flight test. The Private Pilot License gives one the ability to fly for pleasure, but not for a salary.
Fourth: After completing the Private Pilot License, one may communes training for a Commercial Pilot’s License. A minimum of 200 flying hours are required as well as 80 additional hours of ground school. A flight test and a written test are also required. A Commercial Pilot’s License gives one the ability to get paid to fly.
Additional Steps: Different people have different goals in flying.Some people go on to do other ratings such as a flight instructor’s rating, and start their career teaching others to fly. Others do ratings such as float training,and build hours “bush flying”. Some do their multi-engine and instrument ratings, and do charter flying. For those who wish to fly advanced aircraft, 1500 hours flying and an Airline Transport Pilot License is required.
There are many ways to start a flying career; one must choose what’s right for them.