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How to Learn to Fly - The Basics of Flight Training

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How to Learn to Fly - The Basics of Flight Training

  1. 1. ==== ====The MOST REALISTIC flight simulator ever created! This is Awesome! Experience it now, go to...http://ow.ly/8p7Ii==== ====Every airline pilot had to start somewhere. In learning to fly the first step is to schedule anintroductory flight, which is usually a 30 minute flight and costs about $50.If you are excited about your introductory flight and want to continue, the next step is to see anaviation medical examiner who is a doctor in your area approved by the aviation authorities (FAA)to issue a medical certificate to pilots. Class 1 is for airline pilots, class 2 is for commercial pilots(paid to fly), and class 3 is for recreational pilots. If your goal is to one day become a commercialpilot, it is good advice you to go for the class 1 or class 2 certificate to make sure you qualify.The private pilot license, commonly called the PPL, is the first license to obtain as a pilot. Youcannot fly for pay or hire using your private pilot license. You can fly all by yourself the same way adrivers license lets you drive a car by yourself.Training for a PPL in the US will cost you about $4000-5000 through a flight school but the costwould be spread over your course of flight training. As flight training is normally charged per hourof flight and you will pay as your training progresses.There is one thing you should take into consideration; you need to have the time and money tolearn to fly at least one-to-two lessons per week (a typical lesson is one-to-one and a half hourslong).You will have to pass a theoretical flight school exam, a 60 question multiple-choice test with threealternatives.The average part-time flight school student will complete his/her private pilot license in 3-6months. The flight exam (check ride) is conducted through an authorized examiner and consists ofan oral quizzing (typically 1-2hours), and a flight test (typically 1 and a half hours).Commercial pilot students need to obtain an instrument rating through which you will learn to flysolely by reference to the aircrafts instruments. This is a rating added to the certificate you willalready hold. Before starting the instrument rating course you have to complete at least 50 hoursof cross-country flying (flying from one airport to another airport at least 50 nautical miles away).The course itself is a minimum of 40 flying hours in actual or simulated instrument conditions.Part-time flight training students can normally complete the course in 4-6 months. A full-timestudent learning to fly can complete the course in 2-3 months and it will cost approximately $5000-6000 to complete in both cases. The 50 hours of cross-country flight training is not included in thisflight training price estimate. The instrument rating too has a theoretical exam of 60 multiple-choice questions. The flight test (check ride) is conducted by an authorized examiner and consists
  2. 2. of an oral quizzing (typically 1-2 hours) and a flight test (typically 1 and a half hours). Most airlinesand other aviation companies conduct flight training / airline training tests and simulator checkstogether with interviews. The typical career path in the US is to go from student pilot to flightinstructor to regional airline (or minor cargo) to major airline pilot (or major cargo operations likeFedEx and UPS).Commercial Pilot License and Multi Engine Rating. To get a commercial pilot license (CPL), youhave to be at least 18 years of age. There is no upper age restriction other than the ability to passa class 2 medical exam. You must have logged a minimum of 250 hours of flight time in yourlogbook. The CPL flight training course can be included in these 250 hours. You also have tocomplete at least 10 hours of training in a complex aircraft (an aircraft with retractable landinggear, flaps and variable pitch propeller). There is also a 100 question, multiple-choice, theoreticalexam.In the learning to fly process, a flight training examination (check ride) must be passed comprisingof an oral quizzing (typically one-to-two hours) and a flight test. The flight training test is oftenbroken into two flights; one flight in your regular training aircraft to demonstrate your general flyingskills, and one in a complex aircraft. After getting your commercial pilot license many students addthe multi engine rating to their certificate. The typical flight training aircraft is a small, two engine,aircraft. The multi engine flight training course student learning to fly takes approximately 10hours. The flight examination (check ride) consists of an oral quizzing and a flight test by anauthorized examiner.Becoming a flight instructor. There is a large gap between the experience level obtained as anewly examined commercial pilot and the experience level required to be an airline pilot. Mostaspiring professional pilots fill this gap by becoming a flight instructor. The idea here is you learnbest by teaching others.There is one more certificate you can obtain after your commercial license (CPL) - the AirlineTransport Pilot License (ATPL). This is required for any captain to pilot any aircraft with more thanone pilot (all airlines and many commercial operations). Almost everyone can learn to fly andbecome a pilot. It is mostly a question of motivation, determination and discipline. But before youdo anything - do like all great pilots do - do your research and proper planning. Your first stepshould be to visit your local flight school, aviation school, aviation college, etc., talk with pilots,shop around for the flight school or aviation college you think suits you. Hope this helps and Bestof Luck to you on learning to fly!Learn to Fly with Orion AviationVisit the Official Websitehttp://www.orionaviation.netPhone: 760-476-9028Article Source:
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