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What Does it Take to Become a Pilot?

Becoming a pilot is no easy task. It takes thousands of hours of intensive training and flying time before an aspiring student becomes an official pilot. Pilot training is considered as one of the most elite professional training. Depending on the students’ choice, he/she can be a private pilot or a commercial pilot. The training for the two types is similar, except for a few areas such as flight time.  

All aspiring pilots must know these things to pursue their dream. Pilot training requires both mental and physical fitness. This will ensure that the pilots who are sent out to fly are ready to face the occupational hazards of the job.  

Education 

The educational attainment necessary depends on the goal of the student. For private plane pilots, a Bachelor’s degree may not be required as long as the student completes the training in a pilot school. For commercial airlines, a Bachelor’s degree is essential. Degree on aircraft operations, aviation, or aeronautical engineering is the most common choice for students. Students are encouraged to join clubs and activities to build their networks and to learn more about the industry.  

Training 

A license is required for anyone to fly a plane. To obtain certification, aspirants go to flying schools where they learn not just how to fly a plane but also how to troubleshoot in case there are some difficulties during flight. The students undergo two rigorous months of ground training.  

Flight experience 

Here is where the real assessment begins. Commercial pilots need more than 1,500 hours of flight experience. During the flight hours, the pilots must learn problem-solving, master navigation systems, understand perception, and reaction time.  

Another route taken by aspiring pilots is to enter the military. The U.S Air Line Pilots Association stated that training in the military significantly contributes to the success rate in becoming a commercial pilot. Airline companies are known to have preference over military-trained applicants.  

Personal coaching sessions.  

It helps to have a personal flight instructor. While formal training provides you with the necessary skills, the training you get from one on one coaching sessions goes deeper. Seasoned professionals are there to offer guidance and tips.  

Licensure exam 

A pilot must have both the skill and the mental aptitude to back up hands-on work. Passing a written exam is required to obtain a pilot license. They must also pass an instrument flying rating exam. The test is administered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to gauge the student’s knowledge of the industry standards, navigation, safety, and regulations.  

Airline companies, as well as private plane owners, need reliable pilots and planes in their lives. Safety and security are always at stake when flying a plane. For that reason, everyone should prioritize quality service, master craftsmanship, and unparalleled expertise.  

To ensure the readiness of your plane, trust no one but Knisley Welding, Inc. 

Our company has been servicing the aviation industry since 1974. We only use the best quality of materials and the most advanced aviation systems to guarantee your safety. Trust us when we say that when flying, nothing will give you more assurance than the combination of a great pilot and a fantastic aircraft.  

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