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Pilot Training Needed To Become a Pilot

Pilot Training Needed To Become a Pilot

Types of Certificates

There are two primary certificates, commonly called licenses, that you can earn in order to enjoy the privileges, challenges, and beauty of flying. They are the recreational pilot certificate and the private pilot certificate. To be eligible to receive either certificate in a single-engine airplane, there are a few minimum requirements. You must:

  • Be 16 years old to solo.
  • Be 17 years old to receive your pilot certificate.
  • Read, speak, and understand English.
  • Hold at least a third-class medical certificate.
Steps to Your Pilot Certificate

Learning to fly is a matter of acquiring aeronautical knowledge, flight proficiency, and experience. Think of the process of earning a recreational or private pilot certificate as a series of steps. Some steps, such as aeronautical knowledge, can be integrated throughout your training process. Others, like solo training, come when your flight instructor has provided the required training and he or she decides that you are ready. The process can be broken down into the following subjects:

  • Aeronautical knowledge and FAA knowledge test
  • Pre-solo training
  • Solo training
  • Cross-county training (for private pilots)
  • Solo cross-county training (for private pilots)
  • Practical Test preparation
  • Practical Test

What skills and requirements are needed to learn to fly? A large dash of common sense and the willingness to defy gravity in a heavier than air flying machine is a good start. From there we can follow the FAA’s established grocery list of certification requirements.

The certification requirements for both the recreational and private pilot certificates are found in the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) available through most flight schools, pilot shops, pilot supply catalogs and available to members on the AOPA Web site. Within this hefty book, certification has a section all its own with the charming title Part 61 — Certification: Pilots, Flight Instructors, and Ground Instructors. Part 61 also includes the privileges and limitations of each certificate or rating.

Tips To Become A Better Pilot

The list offered below is in no way complete and only offers some insight on what it takes to become a pilot. Source

Pay attention to what your butt is telling you
If you had to select just one skill area to improve, it would have to be coordination. Just knowing when and how to use your feet in keeping the ball centered would put you in the top few percent of pilots who “feel” what the airplane is telling them through the seat of their pants. Keeping the ball centered results in an airplane that is more efficient and flies a given line much more precisely. If you can’t feel it through your posterior, at least pay some attention to the skid ball. A little time spent keeping the ball centered will pay big rewards.

The nose is talking too. Understand what it is showing you.
Nose attitude is the primary instrument for airspeed control in light aircraft. The go-fast gage just repeats what the nose told you a few seconds earlier. The nose also tells you what the airplane is about to do next. If you are always aware of what the nose is doing and can control it in all situations, you’ll never get in trouble plus you’ll always have the right airspeed nailed.

Understand the airplane’s aerodynamics
Most pilots have a basic knowledge of why an airplane flies, but few have spent the small amount of time necessary to truly understand the nuances that tie so many aerodynamic factors together into that fantastic thing we call flight. It’s not necessary you become an aero engineer. Just having a handle on the effects of angle of attack as well as the ramifications of the way control surfaces change the camber of the wing and tail, would put you much more in touch with the machine.

Understand what “plan ahead” actually means for each flight situation
If a student hears the phrase “plan ahead” once, he or she hears it a thousand times. Unfortunately, once the license is issued, there isn’t anyone left to repeat that all-important phrase. So, we should be mentally saying it to ourselves. We should also realize that it means different things at different times. It’s obvious that planning is necessary for fuel stops. Maybe it’s not so obvious that on downwind you need to look ahead and plan where you’re going to put base leg and where the flaps will come out. At the same time, you need to be assessing the effects of the wind and how you’re going to modify the various parts of the approach. The same thing is true in all other phases of fight; you need to have your head well out in front of the airplane at all times.

If flying less than 35 hours a year, make each flight a learning experience
It’s a given that every flight of your aviation career should be an attempt to make it better than the last one. However, if you aren’t flying regularly, it’s necessary that each flight include factors that will help you maintain your proficiency. Even if you’re just going over for a hamburger, plan the flight to include a couple of different types of landings (short field, soft field), make at least one landing a touch and go so you can get more landings in the hour. Even if it’s just a short fight to a local field, check your takeoff time and work out an ETA in your head. Do as much as you can on each flight to stretch your limits and maintain your proficiency. Don’t just go out there and drone around learning nothing.

Make your landings more accurate
Make it a personal goal that you will always try to touch down in the first 600-800 feet of a runway, regardless of how long it is. The goal is to be comfortable landing on a 2,000-foot runway. If the average light airplane touches down short of 800 feet, it will need little or no braking to stop in what’s left of 2,000 feet. We’re not looking for carrier landings that hit the numbers every time. Just come over the numbers at a reasonable height and on-speed and 2,000 feet (the shortest length commonly seen) will be a no-brainer.

Read Stick and Rudder by Wolfgang Langwieche at least twice
Langwieche’s classic flight training book is a half-century-old and, as such, it is sometimes quaint in its verbiage and terms, but it is dead-on in its approach to basic aviating. It’s a must-read for anyone who wants to know how to actually fly an airplane, as opposed to driving it.

Take at least an hour of dual once a year
Everyone, regardless of how much they fly, gets sloppy or develops bad habits. That’s the theory behind the BFR , airline flight checks and other recurrent check programs. But, two years is a long time. Why not go out with an instructor once a year, because it’s an “unofficial” flight there will be no pressure to “pass.” Focus on pattern work, since flying the pattern takes every aspect of your flying skills, except navigation, and bundles them together.

Visualize all flight paths
In the pattern and on cross-country be aware of your ground track and constantly visualize the path you want the airplane to fly. Then, make it fly that exact path. Make one out of five landings a short or soft field
Although few folks actually have need of short or soft field techniques, just practicing them hones your landing skills in every way possible.  Full list of 25 tips

Flight Training In Florida

Not all flight training schools are the same. There are over 1400 of them in this country so there is a big selection out there and finding the right flight training school can be difficult. There are many reasons to choose Aviator College in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Here are some reasons why you should select this flight training school.

Flight School Pro Pilot Programs

The programs at Aviator Flight School Academy are designed to provide what the airline industry demands of future commercial pilots. The training you will receive at Aviator is one of the most intensive and challenging programs offered in aviation flight training today.

During your flight training you will fly a total of 259 hours, of which 200 hours will be in a multi-engine aircraft. No flight simulators are used for total flight time. The ground school portion is in a structured classroom environment.

You will receive a minimum of 643 instructional hours for the Professional Pilot Program. 484 instructional hours for the Commercial Pilot Program. The instructional hours includes all ground and flight training. 6 months of housing is included in the program. If you come with a PPL 5 months will be included. Commercial Pilot program includes 4 months of housing, if you come with a PPL 3 months will be included.

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