How to Become a Commercial Pilot

Careers do not get any more exciting than becoming a commercial pilot. Like all other skills and careers, a career as a commercial pilot requires theory to be learned, and skills to be mastered.

The first step in becoming a commercial pilot is in the private pilot license. The private pilot license is where one learns to fly. This is a prerequisite for the commercial pilot license, and all other advanced training. The student will fly with an instructor and learn the basic skills. Once the student is ready, he/she will be sent for their first solo. This is an experience every pilot remembers for the rest of their life. This student will then learn more advanced manoeuvres and do more flights, both with an instructor, and by themselves. The student will also attend ground school and do self study. After a written and flight test, the student will achieve the private pilot license.

The student is now ready to train for their commercial pilot license. This will involve night flying, and more advanced training. The student will attend additional ground school. Another written and flight test must be completed. Most countries also require the candidate to have at least 200 hours of flight experience as well. The commercial pilot license allows the holder to earn money as a pilot, but usually more has to be done to achieve a flying career.

Become a Commercial Pilot

Often a candidate does a flight instructor rating, and begins their career by teaching others to fly. This builds knowledge and hours quickly. Some people become career instructors and act as chief flying instructors with major schools. Often they will become flight test they examiners as well. Some of these individuals work with government and investigate incidents and/or evaluate flight schools.

Other individuals do a multi-engine and instrument ratings and become charter pilots. They fly passengers, and sometimes cargo to other airports or cities. This is an interesting lifestyle for many people.

When one thinks of a commercial pilot, one often thinks of an airline pilot. Many pilots go on to fly the big jets for the airlines, while some fly the corporate or business jets. These are exciting lives, and are amongst the best paid flying jobs. Often, an airline or corporate pilot is not one’s first job in the industry. They often are flight instructors or charter pilots first. This all provides for a very exciting career paths.A career as a commercial pilot has never been so important to the world. Although relatively new, a pilot is a career with a limitless future.

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