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Pilot Training Guide List for Future Pilots

Pilot Training Guide List for Future PilotsTo operate an aircraft in the United States you must be licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which since 9/11 is part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). There are several levels of pilot’s license; the most basic is the Private Pilot license. This license permits the holder to pilot an aircraft anywhere in the United States, and to carry passengers. A Private Pilot may not be paid to fly an aircraft (to ferry an aircraft from one location to another, for example), nor carry passengers or cargo for hire or compensation.

Private Pilot License Requirements
  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Read, speak, and understand English sufficiently to understand the aviation rules and communicate with Air Traffic Control.
  • Pass a basic medical examination.
  • Receive the required amount of instruction from a Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI).
  • Pass a written examination (100 multiple-choice questions).
  • Pass a “checkride” (aircraft equivalent of a driving test) given by an FAA-approved examiner.
Flight Training Cost

The one thing to remember about flight training is it must be cost-effective. Flight training is expensive so your investment must be smart. Do not base your decision on the cost the flight school offers or advertises. Visit the flight school, speak with flight instructors and pilot students. Inquire about FAA flight training programs offered. In addition to cost, the key factors to consider when choosing a flight school are:

1. Weather. How often you will be able to fly.
2. FAA approved flight training programs
3. Quality of CFIs.

Flight Training Hours Needed To Receive Pilot License

To receive a Private Pilot license, the FAA requires student pilots have a minimum of 40 hours of flight time, of which 20 must be dual (flying with an instructor). You have seen these hours before and they are minimum. Flight training needed can be different for anyone. It is very rare that students actually are able to get their flight training completed within 40 hours. National standard is usually between 60-70 hours.

About half of your flight time will be with an instructor, and the rest “solo.” For every flight hour, expect an additional 2-3 hours of reading, flight planning, and ground review with your instructor.

To maintain a good rate of progress, plan for two to three sessions per week, of two to three hours per session. Plan to schedule a few more sessions than you need, since some
will be cancelled because of weather, aircraft maintenance, illness, etc. At this rate, you should be able to earn your license in six to eight months.

Pilot License Academics and Topics Studied
  • Aircraft systems: the basic components of an airplane, engine, flight controls, instruments, and how they operate.
  • Aerodynamics: basic priciples of how an airplane is able to leave the ground, and how to control it once airborne.
  • Navigation: how to use aviation maps and radio navigation aids to get you and your aircraft to your destination.
  • Weather: basic concepts of weather formation, and how to obtain and interpret weather information that may affect your flight.
  • Aircraft operations: just as there are rules for operating automobiles on roads and highways, there are rules governing the operation of aircraft in the National Airspace System (NAS).
  • Regulations: the applicable portions of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) which govern licensing of pilots and the licensing and operation of aircraft in the USA.
Flight Training Facilities

The list below describes the types of facilities that offer flight training. Research your area for the type of business that suits your needs best.

Fixed Base Operator (FBO): This type of business offers a full range of aviation services: aircraft sales and maintenance, fuel sales, aircraft charter, flight instruction, or any other services that transient or based aircraft and pilots might need. Aircraft rental and flight instruction may be only a small part of this business.

Flight school: a business whose primary business is flight training and aircraft rental. It may offer other related services such as aircraft maintenance and pilot supplies.

Flying club: a non-profit group of pilots and aircraft owners who join together to help reduce expenses and share resources. Some larger clubs may look just like FBOs or flight schools. Since clubs are non-profit, rental rates are usually lower than at FBOs or flight schools.

Colleges and Universities: many colleges and universities offer flight training as part of an aviation curriculum. If you intend to pursue a career in aviation, a college degree in aviation is a definite advantage.
Note that some FBOs and flight schools may call themselves flying clubs to imply non-profit status, give them a more “friendly” atmosphere, or provide an excuse to charge monthly dues.

Careers in Aviation

The airline industry has been going through a rough transition for years now. From buttoned-down security to sky-high gas prices, it’s been a bumpy ride. Still, the fact remains that people want to travel and there are plenty of jobs available at airlines, airports, airplane companies and security organizations around the globe.

Many people wish for the glamorous lifestyle and income of a pilot. According to Al Lee, director of quantitative analysis at online salary database PayScale.com. He says, “There’s a huge variation in pay depending on whether you’re flying a float plane for a regional commuter company or flying 747s for United. Regional airlines sometimes pay $20 per hour and only when the engine is on.” Lee says that with only 1000 hours of engine time a year, that hourly rate can come close to minimum wage.

Aircraft pilot is of course the most glamorous and sought after job, but there are lots of other career paths in aviation. Others include but not limited to:

  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Aircraft Manufacturing
  • Flight Instructor
  • Airport Management

Aircraft avionics in particular is an area of rapid growth, offering jobs in manufacturing, installation, maintenance, and training.

Where can I find more information on becoming a pilot and pilot training?

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has a large section of their web site devoted to information on learning to fly:

Other source used

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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