Student Pilot Permit (SPL)
• The Student Pilot Permit is the first step in becoming a pilot. It allows the holder the ability to fly an aircraft with an instructor and solo. A student pilot may NOT take passengers.
Private Pilot License (PPL)
• This is the first license one obtains, and the beginning of every flying career. One must pass a written and flight test. The private pilot license allows the holder to take passengers flying, but not the right to earn a salary.
Commercial Pilot License (CPL)
• The commercial pilot license allows the holder to fly, and get paid for it. It required 200 hours flying experience, and one must pass another written and flight test.
• The multi-engine rating allows the holder to fly an aircraft with more than one engine. A must for someone aspiring to be a corporate or airline pilot.
• The instrument rating allows the holder the ability to fly an aircraft in reduced visibility. Airlines and charter companies must be able to fly in almost all weather conditions, and require this rating of all their pilots.
• The instructor rating allows one to teach students to fly. This is an excellent way to start a fliying career, and training someone to become a pilot is one of the most rewarding experiences one can have.
Airline Transport Pilot (ATPL)
• The Airline Transport Pilot License is the highest license a pilot can achieve. It requires a minimum of 1500 hours flying experience. This allows the holder the ability to become pilot in command of an aircraft of any weight.