The first step in becoming a commercial pilot is in making the decision to become a commercial pilot. A flying career is one of the most exciting in the world, but it does require commitment and effort.
Once the decision is made to become a commercial pilot, one must decide on a place to train. There are many flying schools available in many diverse locations. HM Aviation has a flight training program which prepares the student before leaving for flight training, and then sends the student abroad to a reputable school. After training, the student is prepared for the airline’s selection process. This gives the student the advantage of building a career with one training institute.
To become a commercial pilot, the candidate must have a commercial pilot medical. These are usually straight forward, and the average individual is able to obtain this medical.
Before the commercial pilot license, the student must obtain a private pilot license. This involves flight training, emergency procedures, and some cross-country flying. The student must also attend ground school, and pass a written exam. After passing a flight exam, the student obtains their private pilot license.
The commercial pilot license comes next. There is additional flight training, more advanced than the private pilot license. The student is introduced to flying by instruments, and must complete a 300 mile cross-country flight. More ground school is required as well as another written test. After a flight test and accumulating at least 200 hours flight time, the student is eligible for the commercial pilot license.
The commercial pilot license is a milestone in a pilot’s career. This license allows one to fly for a salary. For the career pilot, more training needs to be done. For the aspiring airline, corporate or charter pilot, a multi-engine and instrument rating are necessary. The multi-engine rating allows the holder to fly an aircraft with more than one engine, while the instrument rating allows the holder to fly in weather below what is allowed in visual flight.
Depending upon one’s interests, some individuals add ratings such as the float endorsement or the flight instructor rating. Pilots with float endorsements often fly passengers and cargo into remote lakes. This provides for an exciting lifestyle. Pilots with flight instructor ratings teach others to fly. Both are excellent ways to start a flying career.A career as a commercial pilot is one of the most exciting careers in the world. For those who want it, opportunities have never been better.