The first step one has to becoming a professional pilot is in obtaining a Private Pilot License. This gives the holder the privilege of flying for pleasure, but not for a salary.
Once one has obtained their Private Pilot License, they can train for their Commercial Pilot License. Often, the first step will be to get a night rating. Advanced training such as cross-country flying/navigation, instrument flying and emergency procedures will all be covered. In most countries, the candidate must have acquired at least 200 hours flight experience to obtain the Commercial Pilot License. The student must also complete 80 hours of ground school in subjects such as: air law, theory of flight, meteorology, flight operations, aircraft engines and crew resource management. The candidate must also pass a written and flight test.
The Commercial Pilot License allows the holder the privilege of earning a salary for flying. In most cases, there is still more training to be done for the aspiring pilot. Many do a Flight Instructor Rating and start their career by teaching others to fly.
Some do a Multi-Engine and Instrument rating and star their careers off as a charter pilot. The Multi-Engine and Instrument Ratings are required for airline and corporate pilot positions. Another option is to do a Float Rating, and start one’s career as a bush pilot, flying people and goods into remote lakes or camps. There are many careers in aviation, and many ways to start them. The Commercial Pilot License is the basis for one of the most exciting careers that has ever existed.