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Earning Your Pilots License

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Earning a pilot’s license can appear to be difficult. There are many things that must be done before you can realize your dream of flying. Of course, if your goal is to be a pilot, then it is time well spent. The following is a step-by-step process of what you need to do to earn your pilot’s license.

Locate a top notch flight school. Ask your pilot friends if they can recommend a good flight school. Often, they will tell you about their own school but they may also recommend a better school. If you don’t know any pilots, you can easily meet some. As a whole, pilots are some of the nicest people and they consider the aircraft community to be an extended family. You can quickly join into this club by seeking out pilots at small airports to answer your questions. Last but not least, you can look up local flight schools in the phone book.

Research the school thoroughly by inquiring into their programs, reading reviews, and analyzing it for cost and quality. Avoid choosing a flight school without researching it thoroughly. Questions you need to consider: what’s their history, what are the types and ages of the planes, and what maintenance do they perform? The flight board requires that the aircraft be checked every 100 hours, but a careful flight school will check even more often. Think about opting for a school that records your flight time with Hobbs Meters as their engine hour meters. Engine hour meters are very important instruments that record the time the engine has been running and hence you can record your flight time more accurately.

Make it through ground school. Both your time in ground school and your flight hours are extremely important to achieving your ultimate goal. Just like learning to drive, many things will have to be learned about flying and the plane before you actually fly. Very few flight schools will allow you to do your ground school training and your flight hours at the same time. The basics of flying, aerodynamics, rules of the airport, plane inspection, reading sectionals (maps, radio frequencies, avionics), and the visual impact of flying will be covered in the ground training. You can expect the written exam to cover the ground training.

Successfully pass a physical examination. You will not be allowed to fly, not even the most basic maneuvers, until you pass a physical exam. The physical exam is done to check basic physical health. Your blood will also be tested for drugs and other abnormal findings. Your eyesight will be tested as well. Contrary to popular belief, you can fly even if you wear glasses! However, a doctor has to sign off that your less than perfect vision won’t harm your ability to safely fly the plane.

Try and get in as many flight hours as you possibly can. You will begin your flight training with an instructor. This one-on-one is very informational. You will be trained in many valuable areas, including how to take off, stall, and land a plane. You need to know how to stall the aircraft so you can practice pulling the plane out of a stall. Power on and power off are the two kinds of stalling. If a plane stalls during take off, this is called power on stalling and occurs at full throttle. Stalling during a landing sequence when the plane is at low idle is called power off stalling. It is crucial to know what to do in both situations in case something goes wrong.

You will also learn many crucial maneuvers, such as ground reference maneuvers, during flight hours. Ground reference maneuvers are done by finding an object and making a complete circle around it while at the same altitude and distance. This is also the time when you will learn how to fly with and without instruments and how to read your navigation panels. After you have completed your training, you are eligible to fly solo to collect flight hours.

Treat your testing as being of vital importance. After you have logged all your flight hours and you have completed your ground training, you are eligible to start the testing process. Perform well and you could land a job as a commercial pilot. Although policy allows you to retake a test if you fail it, commercial pilots are not permitted to fail any of the tests.

Your instructor will recommend a facility where you will take the written test. This test will encompass the material you learned in ground school as well as what you learned while in the air. Your final test, a flight with a certified examiner, happens after passing the written test.

During the flight, the examiner will question you on areas and items you missed on the written test. Prior to flying, you will examine the plane. Then you and the examiner will take off and land several times, and you will have to demonstrate any particular moves your instructor requires. If you pass, your examiner will declare you fit to fly on your own and you will be licensed.

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