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Building Your Flight Training Hours

Building Your Flight Training HoursThe FAA minimum flight time is 40 hours, but the average is around 60. Schools with FAA oversight can be more desirable if you want a highly regimented training program.

Even though there is no ‘one true path’, many pilots will start off in a similar matter. The most common two methods are civilian flight training and the military. Civilian flight training can begin as young as 16 years of age, while military flight training requires a 4-year degree because pilots are required to be commissioned officers. Military pilots will normally gain the hours necessary to fly for an airline or corporation during their time in the service, which makes for a much easier transition into civilian aviation.

People who do civilian flight training, however, can build their hours any number of ways. One of the most common ways is to become an instructor. A certified flight instructor (CFI) can log the hours they spend training prospective pilots, just as the trainees can log the same hours. Once a pilot’s license is earned, pilots will most likely then continue training to earn their instrument rating. Instrument ratings are a requirement to fly as a commercial pilot.
Another way pilots build hours is to tag along with other pilots or to fly cargo, but in my experience and from I’ve learned the best way to build time is to instruct. My best advice is to get your private pilot’s license, then get instrument rated. After you become instrument rated become a certified flight instructor. As a CFI, you will not only accrue much needed hours, but you will be earning money that can be put towards your next goal. I would suggest earning a multi-engine or commercial pilot rating as your next step. After each rating you earn, continue to teach until you have the necessary ratings for your desired career path.

By the time you reach this point you will have the next step of the specific goal that you are aiming for in your sights, as well as a lot of accumulated hours to put on your resume. You will know exactly which path to take next to help you reach your goal.

Planning Your PIC Cross Country Time

By Joe Echo-Hawk. One of the major requirements to complete while you are working on your either your instrument rating or your commercial pilot license is fulfilling your 50 hours of required PIC cross country time. If you are fresh out of your private pilot checkride and are planning on continuing through with your instrument and ultimately commercial license, it could be very well worth your time to plan ahead on how you will complete the required flight time. Let’s take a look at what the requirements are for both the instrument rating and commercial license.

50 hours PIC cross country time required for either the instrument rating or commercial pilot license:

Instrument Rating
  • 1 IFR cross country flight including a distance of atleast 250 nm and 3 different instrument approaches at three different airports.
Commercial Pilot License
  • 1 cross country not less than 300NM total distance with 3 landings at three points, 1 of which is a straight line distance of 250 NM. (solo)
  • Complete a 2 hour, 100 nm straight line distance, dual day cross country. (dual)
  • Complete a 2 hour, 100 nm straight line distance, dual night cross country. (dual)

To meet the above requirements, usually about 13-17 hours of cross country flight time is necessary. I would recommend taking that into consideration early. If you are on a budget and set timeline, meeting those requirements while you are working on accumulating your 50 hours of PIC cross country time will help you out. Most people progress from private into instrument and on to commercial. If you have met your cross country requirements for commercial by the time you finish your instrument rating, (there is nothing say that you can’t) you will be well on your way for your commercial training.

There are many ways to meet your requirements and this may not suit your particular situation, but for many it is an efficient method. Source

Pilot Training Program With Aviator Flight Training Academy 259 Flight Hours

Aviator Flight Training Academy offers professional pilot training programs with a minimum of 200 hours of multi-engine time. The flight school has a state of the art 37,000 square foot facility, featuring a CRJ Level 5 Flight Training Device (Simulator), large classrooms and individual briefing rooms.

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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