There is a number of reasons why it is worth to become a pilot. Some see flying as a leisure activity, some think of this profession as a possibility to travel, having an international career or extraordinary work environment, the others are tempted by an attractive salary package. The journey towards a pilot seat begins with taking the very first step. However, it is easy to get confused by all the available information. Do you know what those first steps towards obtaining a pilot licence are?
Step 1: Decide what your goal is and choose a corresponding type of licence
We do know you are eager to learn to pilot an aircraft. Have you made up your mind: what is your flying goal? Are you going to enjoy flying in your free time? Or would you like to pursue a professional pilot career with airlines. Would you fancy flying a luxurious private aircraft? It all starts with your goal. All you have to do next is to choose a suitable type of licence. If you are planning to fly only in your free time, you need a Private Pilot Licence (PPL). However, if you are eager to pursue a pilot career, you need a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and mandatory type ratings corresponding to a particular pilot licence type.
Step 2: Choose a pilot training program
Since there are different pilot licence types, there are different pilot training programs as well: intergrated ones, module programs, commercial flight oriented, for small planes, for big aircraft, etc. How can you find the right one for you? One way is to look for information on the Internet and compare training programs delivered by different aviation schools. But how could you save your time and not get confused by a variety of options. You should get in touch with a training center where you will receive a consultation on training programs, their differences and you will also be advised which program suits you best.
Step 3: Choose a flight school and start the process of enrolment
One of the most critical moments when seeking a pilot career is making a decision where to study. When choosing a training program, it is important to take a number of aspects into consideration. Consider not only a training program and the price, but also the duration of studies, qualifications provided during the course and / or equipment employed in the process. Also, it is a good idea to find out more about practical training part, where it is going to be carried out and what students are going to study with you. A possibility to study in an international environment is highly beneficial since it provides real life opportunities to experience different cultures.
Step 4: Health examination
A pilot’s profession is an outstanding one, thus the representatives of this occupation are obliged to meet specific requirements. Pilots’ health is one of them. Therefore, we highly recommend having your health examined at the very beginning of the selection process. It is of key importance to ensure your
health meets the requirements. A number of people reject their dream of becoming a pilot only because they start having doubts about whether their health can meet those requirements. Everyone eager to obtain a pilot licence must have a first class Medical Certificate issued by Aviation Medicine Center. When you have this examination for the first time, it can take the whole day due to thorough examination of your health. According to international requirements, pilots must have their health checked once a year.
Step 5: Get through the selection process
A pilot selection process differs from other selection processes employed by other universities or colleges. Aviation academies hold selection processes a few times a year, which means you can start studying at any time of a year. Get ready for this selection process. Various tests and interviews are tailored not only to check your knowledge of the English language, Mathematics, Physics, your motivation, aviation knowledge, but also whether you possess the qualities essential for a pilot: being safety oriented, multitasking, mental calculation, quick decision making skills, etc.
Step 6: Have the right mindset for learning
It can take as little as 2.5 years to become an airline pilot and to obtain all the necessary ratings. Whereas a standard university Bachelor program usually takes 4 years. Get round to the idea that the studies are going to be intensive. But it is definitely worth making an effort for a career lifting you off the ground.