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Pilot Training Step By Step Overview

Pilot Training Step By Step OverviewYou made the choice to fly for a living. You are pursuing a dream that requires much commitment and sacrifice. Apply the three C’s to your studying: Commitment, Control and Challenge. Commit to your class schedule, control your attitude during flight time and challenge your mind by everyday involvement. Time is not the only thing you need to invest. In addition to time, money is another investment students have to evaluate. The cost to attain a Pilot License can vary greatly from person to person. A minimum of 35 hours of flight time is required to receive a license (40 if flying part 61), but some students may need up to 70 hours of flight training. Flight training is expensive; invest in research of what it takes to become a pilot before your invest in flight training. Important factors to consider in your journey to become a pilot.

Decide What Type Of Pilot You Want To Be

The first step to becoming a pilot is deciding what type of flying you’ll be doing. It will dictate what type of pilot license you’ll need to earn, as well as what equipment it will have that you will need certification for.
There will be specific requirements for your pilot’s license or certificate depending upon the type of aircraft you’ll be flying. The choices range from various types and sizes of fixed wing aeroplanes to helicopters. Even if you plan to fly airships, you’ll be required to have a pilot license.

The type of flying you’re interested in doing is also a consideration that affects what training and certification be necessary. Pilot’s licenses come in several types, ranging from a student pilot all the way up to an airline pilot licensed to fly passenger jets.

There are 4 basic types of pilot’s licenses that are similar in most jurisdictions:

  • Recreational Pilot: Usually permitting the pilot to fly with friends and family aboard, and only valid for flights within the country of issuance.
  • Private Pilot’s License: Fly only with friends and family aboard, but valid all over the world.
  • Commercial Pilot’s License: Permitted to fly as a job, and valid all over the world. A commercial pilot’s license allows the holder to fly large jet aircraft as well, but not as a captain.
  • Airline Transport Pilot’s License: Permits the licensee to fly aircraft for a living anywhere in the world and includes the certification to fly jets as Captain.

Of the several levels of pilot’s licenses, the most basic is a recreational pilot license. These licenses permit the licensee to pilot an aircraft anywhere within the country of issuance. However, depending upon the jurisdiction, the pilot may or many not be permitted to carry passengers, and could be restricted to flying only when visibility permits, such as daylight hours and during clear weather. Night flying, or flying any time instruments are required usually requires different certification.

Most aviation authorities also limit recreational and private pilot licenses to single engine aircraft, with twin engines necessitating additional training and certification.

The type of aircraft a pilot is licensed to fly will usually include restrictions; For example, a private pilot license does not permit a pilot to fly helicopters or turbo-jet power planes. A pilot licensed to fly jet aircraft will also be permitted to fly single and twin engine aircraft, but likely not a helicopter. Likewise, helicopter pilots are most often certified to fly only helicopters unless they have additional certification and/or a license to fly fixed wing aircraft as well.  Source:

To take advantage of aviation’s rewards, you must make sure you get the good, solid information and aviation training that you’ll need to be a safe, confident pilot in the air. One of the most important steps in that process is finding the right flight school.

Choose The Right Flight Training School

Enrollment in an FAA-approved school usually ensures a high quality of training. FAA-approved schools meet prescribed standards with respect to equipment, facilities, personnel, and curricula. However, many excellent pilot schools find it impractical to qualify for the FAA certification, and are referred to as non-approved schools.
When you begin your flight school selection process, you must first understand the terms used in describing flight schools and their level of certification. The most basic level of flight training facility operates under Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 61. The regulation identifies the minimum certification requirements for all pilot and flight instructors. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has no direct oversight as to the day-to-day operations of flight schools operating under FAR Part 61.

One of the differences between FAA-approved schools and non-approved schools is that fewer flight hours are required to qualify for a pilot certificate in an FAA-approved school. The requirement for a private pilot certificate is 40 hours in a non-approved school, and 35 hours in an approved school. However, since most people require 60 to 75 hours of training, this difference may be insignificant for a private pilot certificate.

Flight schools come in two flavors, Part 61 and Part 141, which refer to the parts of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) under which they operate. The most common and least important distinction between them is the minimum flight time required for the private certificate — 40 hours under Part 61, and 35 hours under Part 141.
The FAR Part 141 flight training facility differs from their Part 61 counterpart by the level of FAA participation. All FAR Part 141 schools must undergo a lengthy and very thorough evaluation by the FAA prior to conducting training. They must have in place a management structure that meets the minimum experience requirements as outlined in FAR Part 141. The FAR Part 141 course curriculum has a minimum standard outlined in the appendix section of FAR Part 141 and must obtain FAA approval prior to conducting training. Due to this increased FAA participation , FAR Part 141 training facilities are able to offer the same certification courses as FAR Part 61 facilities , but with reduced minimum requirements. The pilot applicants are held to the same standards as outlined in the appropriate PTS.

Flight School Location

Depending on your flight training needs, the location of the flight school may play a large role in the quality of the course. Florida is a great place for flight training as the weather stays warm throughout the year. If you select a training facility in a region that often experiences poor weather conditions such as rain , fog , thunderstorms , and strong winds , your number of flights may be reduced.

Quality Over Quantity

When it comes to flight training, it is the quality of the Flight Instructor that has the biggest impact. A good Flight Instructor is able to adapt the learning process to each student in the way the student needs to learn, and not every student learns the same way. Since most Flight Instructors will be communicating verbally to the student pilot, communication skills are a very important. If you are looking for a flight school, be sure to meet and talk to the Flight Instructor who will be teaching you. You will want to be certain that you and your Flight Instructor have a clear line of communication. Like many industries that need instructors, there are good Flight Instructors and there are bad Flight Instructors. What works for one student may not work for someone else, but a good Flight Instructor will know how to adapt. The quality you receive means less quantity of lessons required. So the takeaway here: always meet your Flight Instructor. Source:

Why Choose Aviator Flight School for your Pilot Training
  • Licensed by the State of Florida Commission For Independent Education License #4155
  • Aviator Flight Training Academy is a Division of Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology, which is licensed by the State of Florida Commission for Independent Education and Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.
  • 27 Years in the Flight Training Industry
  • To date, Aviator has trained over 5000 pilots for the commercial airline industry
  • Only School Offering 200 Hours of Multi-Engine Time
  • Aviator is the only flight school that has a full 200 hours of multi-engine time included in our program
  • No Flight Training Devices (Simulators)
  • FTDs are not used towards your flight time for any ratings
  • Approved by the Federal Department of Education to offer Title IV Loans
  • Aviator has the ability to offer students federal funding on approved accredited programs
  • Job Placement Assistance with Regional Airlines
  • Aviator offers job placement assistance for our graduates
  •  “A” Rating with United States Better Business Bureau
  • Classroom Environment – All classes taught in our educational center, NOT online


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