Being a pilot is a job that is even more adventurous than it sounds. Aviation is a career for those who are adrenaline hungry, and are looking for a glamorous and wonderful career navigating through the skies. Aviation is a promising career, but the question arises; How does one actually become a pilot? Read on to find out how it is actually done:
1) College Degree propels you skywards: Many pilot jobs prefer and even more compulsorily require you to go to college.
A bachelor’s degree in technology or science is what is expected of a pilot in college. But if you are absolutely sure of going into the aviation field, having a BSc. degree with a specialization in aviation will fall in your favour. However, you won’t be ruled out as an inapplicable candidate if you have a degree in any of the other sciences.
2) Amateur Flying hours will give more chance to have professional ones: Next important step in becoming a pilot is gaining flying hours. You can add to your flying hours by joining the military, where you will be given exposure to flight and different airplanes. Alternatively, you can find a flying school near you and a flight instructor with an FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) license to give you flying hours prior to you getting a pilot’s license.
3) Complete your Physical Tests: Apply for a medical certificate, and you will be examined by an FAA certified medical examiner to check your eyesight, mental balance etc. Applying for a first class certificate the first time would be better, so you can be sure that you are fit for aviation before you invest your time and money into aviation.
4) Get a Pilot’s License: After obtaining the required flight hours and necessary physical tests, you must also pass a written examination that tests your knowledge of safety procedures and information, including a skills test that is supervised by a FAA certified instructor.
5) Getting necessary training: Depending upon the type of avionics you are interested in, you might require some additional training. Once you have completed them, you are on your way to ruling the skies.
6) Advance with Experience: The more years you gain as a pilot, the more successful you will become. Initially you may be appointed as a co-pilot to gain firsthand experience in flying, but as you gain experience, you will advance forward. You may even be employed to fly charter planes and choppers before you are allowed flying commercial flights. Follow your dreams, and rule the skies!