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Today, I will be giving you the steps and tips to follow on how to become a pilot (specific to airplane pilots). So, without further delay, let jump in! In order to become a pilot, these are the steps you’ll have to take:
The very first step you need to take is to research flight schools and flight instructors in your local area or wherever you desire to pursue your flight training goals. If you’re looking for a more regimented pilot training program, I’d suggest you search for part 141 flight training schools. On the other hand, if you’re looking to be a little bit more flexible with your schedule and training, you can search for part 61 flight schools or independent flight instructors, they can also train you and sign you off for your final practical test which will be explained in the last step of this blog.
An introductory flight, also known as discovery flight is a good way to get a better sense of what it feels like be behind the controls of an airplane. It’s also a good way to see first-hand the quality of instruction you’ll be receiving from a school or an instructor.
There are medical requirements you need to meet in order to become a pilot. There are 1st class, 2nd class and 3rd class medical certificates and in order to start training you’ll need at least a 3rd class medical certificate. You will need to apply online and then visit an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) to get the physical exam done.
After you start your training, in order to fly solo, you will need a student pilot certificate. Your flight instructor can help you through this process. You do not need it to start your flying lessons but I’ll advise you apply for it before you begin or during the first week of your flying lessons.
This is the fun part, during your flying lessons, you will be working on gaining aeronautical knowledge and flying experience that is required to become a private pilot. I suggest you study ahead with whatever lesson plans your instructor provides, that way you’ll get to correlate more during your lessons.
During your training, you will need to take and pass the computer-based FAA private pilot knowledge test. Your flight instructor can help you throughout the process of preparation and registering for the test. You also need to receive an endorsement from your instructor.
Finally, in order to earn your Private Pilot certificate and officially become a pilot, you need to take your practical exam with a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE). The exam consists of an oral and flight portion. Once completed you are officially a Private Pilot!
In conclusion, a lot of the steps listed above are made easy if you have a good flight instructor or a flight school with management that cares. Take your time to research and consider your aviation goals before you choose which path to follow. Good luck on your aviation journey!