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Brighten Your Chances of Landing In A Rewarding Career By Becoming An Aviation Pilot

Updated on July 26, 2012

Pilots who fly airplanes are not extraordinary individuals but they have extraordinary commitment and focus. Otherwise, it may not have been possible for them to learn how to fly an airplane and obtain a pilot's license. If you think that you have such traits and if you aspire to become a pilot, you can be certain that you have bright chances of landing in a rewarding career.

If you want to become a pilot, you should first undergo a medical examination by a doctor approved by the aviation department. The doctor should certify that you have a good vision and you are fit enough to fly a plane. Those who have heart ailments, diabetes, blood-pressure related diseases, etc. are not allowed to fly planes. Once you get the required clearance from the medical examiner, you should find a reputed flight school and enroll in it. But, finding a good aviation school is certainly an uphill task. There will be many schools in your city. You may find many online schools also. But, you can not construe that every school will be good. It is imperative that you should do your research properly and find out a good school.

The most important aspect you should see for choosing a good aviation school is the quality and caliber of its instructors. Of course, the schools will have appointed only qualified people as instructors. But, if you enjoy a comfort level with the instructor, your learning process will be smooth.

Flight training consists of two main elements, ground training and actual flying sessions. In ground training, classes will be held by competent instructors. You will learn everything about the instruments, the control panels, etc. of the aircraft, aerodynamics, weather, etc. You will also be taught geography and environmental conditions. Weather plays a major role in flying and hence, you will be taught how to study weather reports and how you should make your strategies according to the weather predictions. Flying a plane is a highly risky affair and you may not know what types of problems you may face when you are high up in the air. So, the ground training sessions will consist of case studies and real-life situations so that you can learn how to surmount difficult situations. You will find that not even a bit of what you learn in ground training will go a waste because you will be applying everything when you fly your airplanes.

Actual flying sessions consist of 15 to 20 hours of flying along with the instructor, cross-country flying that may involve three landings and three takeoffs, night flying, etc. Your instructor will teach you to operate and control the panels on the airplane during the flying sessions. Once your instructor is satisfied that you can confidently fly on your own, you will be asked to go on solo flights.

Once ground training and flying sessions are over, you will be required to pass a written test and an oral test to check if you have learned your lessons well. A check ride will be conducted during which the examiner will ask you to do a few maneuvers and operations. You may be asked a few questions also. These written and oral tests and check ride are conducted by the aviation department. If you clear these tests, you will certainly get your pilot's license.

The main quality that will help you to learn how to fly and get a license is your positive-mindedness. If you nurture negative thoughts, you will never be able to focus on your ground training lessons as well as on your flying sessions. This may indefinitely delay the process of getting your license. So, along with commitment and focus, you should be positive-minded if you want to become a pilot.


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      6 years ago from Salt Lake City

      I think you're definitely right about pilots having extraordinary focus. Learning how to fly an airplane requires a pretty serious amount of focus and commitment.

      - Anders


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