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Pilot Skills, Attributes and Flight Training Education

Pilot Skills, Attributes and Flight Training EducationDo You Have What it Takes to Become a Pilot? A lot would depend on the type of pilot your want to be.

  • A student pilot license (certificate) is designed for the initial training period of flying. The student pilot must have a flight instructor present. He or she can solo after appropriate instructor endorsements.

  • A recreational pilot certificate limits the holder to: specific categories and classes of aircraft, the number of passengers which may be carried, the distance that may be flown from the departure point, flight into controlled airports, and other limitations.
  • A private pilot certificate lets the pilot carry passengers and provides for limited business use of an airplane.

  • A commercial pilot certificate lets the pilot conduct some operations for compensation and hire.

An airline transport pilot certificate is required to fly as captain by some air transport operations.
Pilot Attributes

By Jagg Xaxx

  • Eyesight: A pilot needs good eyesight, although, with the exception of a position as a fighter pilot, it doesn’t have to be perfect. If your eyes are good enough to operate an airplane safely, either uncorrected or with glasses or contact lenses, you are qualified to obtain a pilot’s license. As people age, their eyesight tends to deteriorate, particularly at night. Aging pilots need to take this into account, and may reach a point where they can’t fly at night, or at all if their eyesight becomes poor enough.
  • Training: Training is essential to become a pilot. The amount of training varies greatly depending on the type of airplane you will be flying. A commercial airline pilots and military pilots receive extensive training, but a private pilot operating a small Cessna can learn to fly in a matter of weeks. Different levels of certification can be gained based on courses taken and on number of hours flown. People who operate unusual aircraft such as balloons and helicopters need different training and different certifications.
  • Mechanical Ability: If you have the money to hire a professional aircraft mechanic, it isn’t absolutely necessary to understand the mechanics of your airplane, but it is very advisable. While flying in a well-maintained airplane is a very safe activity, there is always the potential for problems in a complicated machine. Prudent pilots understand their airplanes, known how to maintain them, and most importantly know how to react to a variety of emergency mechanical situations that may occur while they are in the air.
  • Determination: Becoming an experienced pilot takes a lot of money and time. Actually buying your own airplane is an even larger investment than learning to fly it. Becoming a pilot isn’t something to be undertaken lightly, and many people who pursue it without full commitment never complete the process or receive their license. Particularly in the challenging and competitive fields of commercial airlines and military aircraft, it can take years of training and seeking a position before you find yourself actually in the cockpit.
Pilot Skills

By Peter Timm

  • Perception Skills: Pilots must have the ability to differentiate between essential and nonessential information concerning the act of flying and have a sense of perceptual recognition (the ability to focus on essential information). Additionally, pilots must also have a sense of selective perception (the ability to visually focus despite numerous distractions).
  • Logic Skills: The ability to logically and quickly assess situations is imperative to flying aircraft. Logical reasoning is ability to practically evaluate a set of actions based upon given information. When flying aircraft, the pilot is required to navigate, communicate and operate the aircraft in a possibly changing environment. All of these processes require the ability to logically assess and think through any given situation.
  • Communication Skills: Communication is an integral part of safely flying an aircraft. A working knowledge of vocabulary and a high degree of word fluency is necessary to successfully become a pilot.

by Michelle Hogan

  • Degree: The type of degree you get depends on the type of pilot you wish to become. If you wish to fly for an airline or other corporation—large or small–you will likely need a college degree in math, physics, engineering or an aeronautical concentration. There are some colleges, like Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, that provide both flight training and a degree, but you don’t have to go to such a college to be employed as a pilot.
  • Flight Training: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that those who wish to fly airplanes or other aircraft train both on the ground and in the air for a certain number of hours. There are many flight schools certified by the FAA in the United States. All pilots must be at least 18 years old and have at least 250 hours of flight experience, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, pilots must understand navigation techniques, FAA regulations and be able to fly by instruments only during periods of low visibility. To work for an airline, a pilot must be at least 23 years old, have a minimum of 1,500 hours of flight experience and pass additional written tests and flight exams.
Aviator Flight School and Flight Training Programs

For more than 27 years Aviator has been the leader in multi-engine flight training. We have provided over 5000 professional pilots to the airline industry, both nationally and worldwide, through our Professional Pilot Flight Training Programs. Our FAA-certified Part 141 approved flight programs provide students with the skills and experience demanded by today’s commercial aviation industry. Aviator is accredited by the ACCSC (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges).

Our Professional Pilot Program is set in a flight training, structured environment to ensure the student receives the knowledge that is required to be a professional pilot. This program is from 0 hours to over 250 hours, of which 200 hours will be multi-engine time. The program includes Private Pilot Single Engine through the Multi-Engine Flight Instructor Certificate. Cross Country flying is coast-to-coast, if desired.

When you choose Aviator, all flight training is logged in aircraft. Our Flight Training Devices (FTDs) are used for ground training purposes only. NO FTDs (SIMULATORS) ARE USED FOR FLIGHT TIME TOWARDS YOUR RATINGS!

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