You’ve been to the airport, and looked to the sky. Flying is definitely what you want to do! The first step is in deciding flying really is what you want to do. It sounds obvious, but flying requires a large financial commitment, and time and effort. Like any other career, you must decide it really is for you before you pursue it.
Once you have made the decision flying is for you, you must decide on a location and flying school. HM Aviation has a cadet program, and tie-ups with flight schools in Canada, the United States, South Africa and New Zealand. It is often better to choose a training location abroad, rather than stay in India. These countries have licenses which are recognized world-wide. Training in other countries is not only an adventure, but better prepares one for the airline world. HM Aviation has a wide variety of locations and flight schools, and assists every student in choosing what is right for them.
During flight training, the private pilot license is the first step. This involves flying dual, with an instructor, and solo. A flight test is also required. Ground school must also be attended, and a written exam passed.
The next step is the commercial pilot license. More flying hours must be accumulated, more dual and solo training, as well as another flight test must be completed. Additional ground school and a written exam are also required. This is the stage where most students complete their night rating.
The cadet program then trains students for their multi-engine and instrument ratings. The multi-engine rating allows the holder to fly an aircraft with more than 1 engine; the instrument rating allows the holder to fly in reduced weather/ visibility. These ratings are required for all airline and corporate pilots.
Upon completion of flight training, the individual must undergo the selection process of an airline. This includes: interviews, aptitude testing, psychometric testing, and simulator evaluations. The HM Aviation cadet program fully prepares the candidate for this.
It may sound like a long and difficult process to become a pilot, but it is important the individual be fully prepared for the demands of the career. Most careers involve a longer process, but few provide the excitement of becoming a pilot. The process is well worth it for one desiring a rewarding career as a pilot.