Every skill, every profession has skills and knowledge the candidate must obtain. Written tests, practical tests and experience must be obtained.To become a professional pilot, one must obtain the Commercial Pilot’s License. This allows an individual to obtain paid employment as a pilot.
The fist step in becoming a professional pilot is obtaining the private pilot license. The private pilot license is a prerequisite for the commercial pilot’s license. The private pilot license requires ground school, a written exam and a flight test. The candidate must also complete flying hours dual (with instructor) and solo (without instructor). Once the private pilot license is obtained, the individual may fly an aircraft and carry passengers, but may no fly for a salary. people who wish to fly only for recreation need to only complete their private pilot license.
After successful completion of the private pilot license, the candidate is eligible to train for their commercial pilot license. Some countries require night flying for the private pilot license. For candidates training in countries not requiring night flying for the private license, the night rating is often the first step in training for the commercial licence.
The commercial pilot license requires further ground school, another written exam, and another flight test. The commercial pilot course requires advanced flight training, instrument flight training, emergency procedures, and cross country flying. Most countries require at least 200 hours of flight experience and 100 hours pilot in command (without a flight instructor) to obtain a commercial pilot license.
The commercial pilot license allows the candidate to obtain employment as a pilot. Some candidates do a flight instructor rating, and start their careers by teaching others to fly. Some do a multi-engine rating (flying aircraft with more than 1 engine), and an instrument rating (flying aircraft in reduced weather or visibility) and become charter pilots. Others go on to become airline or corporate pilots. The multi-engine and instrument ratings are both required to become an airline or corporate pilot.Whatever one’s goal as a pilot, the commercial pilot license stats their career. The commercial pilot license is the start to one of the most exciting careers in the world.