If an individual has a particular interest in becoming a pilot, they may consider taking flying lessons in New Jersey. Working for an airline can be an exciting career in which a person can travel the world and get paid for doing what they love. 

There are many myths and stereotypes associated with pilots. One myth about the requirements of becoming a pilot is having to have 20/20 vision. For commercial airline pilots, the only requirement involving vision is that he or she must wear glasses or contacts that correct their vision. This is called “correctable 20/20 vision.” Although being an airline pilot does not require perfect vision without correction, becoming a military pilot does. If one has a dream of being a military pilot but has to wear glasses, they will have to consider laser eye surgery. A common stereotype of pilots is that they are all men. Women in aviation tend to be a minority; however, they are certainly not absent. The amount of female pilots has increased significantly over the past decade, yet there are still only about 450 female pilots worldwide. Being a pilot may make it very difficult for a woman to raise a family and can require a significant amount of time away from home. Women are more likely to want to become pilots if they grew-up around planes and family members who were pilots. 

To become an airline pilot, an individual must have a commercial pilot certificate. This will be earned by attending and passing commercial pilot ground school and having at least 250 flight hours. The flight hours will also include required amounts of time dedicated to certain weather conditions and maneuvers. When school and flight hours have been completed, the student pilot will need to pass a series of tests. The first test will be a written exam at the completion of ground school. Following the written exam will be a test called a “check-ride.” This will be done with an FAA examiner who will ask the student to perform certain maneuvers, ask them questions on aviation matters, and will be present for an entire flight. If all tests are passed, the examiner will award the student with a commercial pilot certificate. This is not the only certificate required when becoming a commercial airline pilot. Once the commercial pilot certificate is received, the pilot will then need to get a medical certificate and an instrument and multi-engine rating. The medical certificate will be given after a physical evaluation is passed. The instrument rating will be given after ground school and the check-ride are completed. Lessons on multi-engine flying and a check-ride in a multi-engine plane will also need to be completed and passed. To be a captain of a flight, the pilot will need to get an airline transport pilot certificate. This will allow the pilot to be the captain of a large commercial aircraft. 

Becoming a pilot is an expensive and time-consuming process; however, for those who truly desire a career as an airline pilot, the time and money is worth it. A prospective pilot can start with flying lessons in New Jersey and then proceed to commercial pilot ground school. 

September 13, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized