Ever aspiring pilot will begin their career by completing the private pilot license. This is where one learns to fly; all additional training builds upon the skills and knowledge gained.
The fist step in the commercial pilot course is the night rating. The student must first do a few hours of traing by reference to aircraft instruments. Night flying is very enjoyable. It is usually very smooth, and seeing city lights and landmarks at night is very beautiful.
The student also learns advanced navigation, and will fly to destinations further away from their home airport than on the private pilot training. Most counties require a cross-country flight of at least a 300 mile radius from their home airport. Students must hour build until at least 200 hours, and many do cross-country flights to various airports. This definitely makes commercial flight traing exciting. Unlike classroom learning, the student actually gets to have adventures.
The student also does advanced training such as emergency procedures. Advanced air excercises are also mastered. This improves the student’s confidence, and makes the student a more competent pilot.
The student also trains to fly by instruments. They will learn to fly on full and partial instrument panel. The student also learns to fly by radio navigation aids, such as VOR, NDB and GPS. This skills are required by all airline, corporate, and charter pilots. Although the commercial pilot course does not entitle the student to do instrument flying, it does lay the foundation for what must be completed in instrument rating training.
Ground school is also an important part of the commercial pilot course. The student will learn about theory of flight, aircraft engines (piston and turbine engines), crew resource management, navigation, meteorology, and flight operations.This theory will be applied to flying, and the student must also pass a written exam.
In addition to a written exam, the student must also pass a flight test. The flying skills taught to the student are examined.Upon completion of both tests, and building the required hours, the student is then awarded the commercial pilot license. A major milestone in one’s flying career!