Completion of the commercial pilot license is a major milestone for everyone wanting to be a professional pilot. The commercial pilot course is enjoyable, but challenging. This license allows the holder the privilege of getting paid to fly.
For the would-be professional pilot, there is still much to be accomplished after completion of the commercial pilot license. For those desiring careers as airline or corporate pilots, it is necessary to complete the multi engine and instrument ratings.
The multi-engine rating allows one to fly an aircraft with more than one engine. One Must one learn to “synchronize” aircraft engines, so they are all turning at the same speed. One also must learn the procedure of identifying and shutting down an engine in the event that one fails. Multi-engine aircraft tend to be higher performance, and have more complex systems than their single-engine counterparts. The multi-engine rating is one of the most interesting ratings one will ever train for.
The instrument rating is also required for airline, corporate, and charter aircraft. The pilot learns to fly an aircraft in reduced visibility or even in cloud. The pilot must become very proficient at communicating with air traffic control for this rating. A pilot will learn instrument navigation, approaches, holding patterns and emergency procedures. A challenging, but extremely interesting rating to complete.
With the recent aviation boom in Asia, many students are able to complete their commercial pilot license, multi-engine and instrument ratings and join an airline. Often an airline will require flight experience above the basic commercial pilot requirements. Students often complete a flight instructor’s rating and teach others to fly. This is a great way to build hours quickly, and to become very knowledgeable about flying. Turning people into pilots is a very rewarding experience.
Some pilots gain experience as “bush” pilots before moving onto the airlines. This usually involves obtaining a float endorsement, and learning to fly an aircraft off of an on to water. A bush pilot flys people and supplies into remote lakes not accessible by road. Bush flying is an adventure, and pilots often make this their career. Bush flying is popular in countries such as Canada with large areas of wilderness.
Whatever one’s goals, there are many exciting career paths in aviation.An individual’s interest and prefered life style will help them choose what path is right for them.