Have you ever wanted to be a pilot, but never knew how to become one? Well then you have come to the right spot. Below is a very simple guide to what the process looks like. If you are looking for a more in depth step by step guide. Stay tuned for our future posts.
1. Locate local flight schools. I would recommend using Google to find the closest airports. Then call to see what flight schools are on site.
2. When choosing a flight school it is important to choose the right one for you. Do your research, the flight school you choose will be responsible for teaching you how to fly (pretty big deal.) What they teach you will be the foundations you have as a pilot going forward, and it is one of the most important choices you will make on your way to becoming a pilot.
3. Call the flight schools you are interested in to set up a tour, also set up time to do an intro flight. If you have never flown before this is a great way to experience what flying is like. We highly recommend this step.
4. So you took your intro flight and “caught the bug.” Well, now it is time to get a medical. If you are interested in flying commercially, Pilot to Pilot recommends getting a 1st or 2nd class medical. If you don’t want to fly commercially then 3rd class will be fine. Reasoning behind this, it’s always a good idea to make sure you don’t have any health issue that would keep you from your goal of becoming a commercial pilot.
To get a medical
5. Once you have chosen your flight school. It is time to find the right flight instructor. All instructors are different, and sometimes the coolest guy isn’t the best choice. All though it is important to find someone you enjoy being around. Think about it, you are going to be in close proximity with this person for long amounts of time. So you have to have some sort of working relationship with your instructor. Second, It is important to find the person that loves to fly. You would be surprised to find out how many instructors are afraid to fly. Last but not least they have to be good at presenting the material. If they arent good at teaching then your learning experience will be more stressful then it needs to be. A good teacher can go a long way.
6. Fly like you stole it and study, study, study. Any chance you can GO FLY. Likewise, any downtime you have STUDY. The more you sit on the ground the rustier you are and the greater the chance for you to have to repeat lessons. The more lessons repeated means more money spent.