If you want to get a career that involves flying an aircraft and want to know about learning to fly, the first thing you will need to do is to get yourself a pilot’s license that qualifies you to operate as a private pilot. There are a number of different pilots licenses available that stop short of enabling you to be a private pilot, for example a student’s license or a sports or recreational license, so just to be clear, you want a pilot’s license that allows you to fly as a private pilot. Whether you plan to go on to become a commercial pilot, or merely want to have the freedom to fly privately or in support of your business, a private pilot’s license is a fantastic step to take.
There are a number of criteria that you need to satisfy when learning to fly in order to become a pilot. One of them is to do with your age, you need to be older than 16. So what other things that you need to look at in order to get your private pilot’s license?
10 Tips For Learning To Fly
1. First of all you need to research the flight schools that are available in your area. Look for one with a good reputation. They should also have great equipment and a well-developed program, and of course teaching staff that are good at both teaching and flying. You also want to ensure that they are certified to offer pilot training that will lead to you getting a FAA recognized pilot’s license.
2. You will also want to check your financial situation are adequate. Flight school training costs are not trivial, expects to spend at least $3000-$5000. However, there are scholarships that you can get, you may also be able to get a federal student loan if the school qualifies through FAFSA.
3. With those two hurdles out of the way, the thing to do now to help you with learning to fly is to clear your schedule and role in the flight school of your choice. You will want to ensure that the next few months are focused on getting your pilot’s license.
4. Get an aviation specific medical certificate. Ensure you find a doctor that is able to help ensure you pass the medical requirements to fly.
5. In order to pass the written pilot’s license examination that the FAA requires, you will need to undertake ground training. This will take around four or five weeks to complete.
6. Undertake the written exam at any FAA testing center. Make sure of course that you pass!
7. While learning to fly you will also need to complete thirty to forty hours of flight time with a certified flight instructor as the flying school. You can go through these hours at your own pace arranged with the school and instructor. So if budgeting is an issue, there is not that much pressure to pay for all the hours in one go. The school provides the airplane that you will use as part of your fee.
8. Just before you take your last flying “exam” you will get to fly solo with no instructor on board. Exciting isn’t it?
9. And for the final exam itself you will be flying with a qualified FAA tester on board who is able to certify that you know how to properly fly an airplane.
10. Well by this time you should be excited rather than nervous, your learning to fly journey is almost over. But if you are feeling a little nervous, just remember that by this time, you do know what you are doing. Just do what you’ve been doing right up to now and fly through that final exam to get your private pilot’s license and congratulate yourself.
The process of going from learning to fly to becoming a certified pilot is not a trivial one. There is much to learn. It is a brand new skill and you really do need to know what you are doing. But so long as you have the desire, patience and determination, you will learn to fly a plane just like you learned to drive a car – if you drive a car of course!
And if you were a fast learner at driving a car, so too can you quickly take to learning to fly and get to your end goal of becoming a bonafide pilot.