Pilots license

So what does it take to get your pilots license? Well that all depends on the license you want since there are a few different types. There is your private pilots license to your recreational one and then there is yet another one for you to become an actual airline pilot.
If you are just looking to get your private pilots license or recreational one not for hire it can take you about 4-6 months to get if you go to school part-time. If you go full time then you could get it much quicker in about 2-3 months time. The requirements for this type of license is that you are at least 16 years of age, full knowledge of the English language and that you pass a class 3 medical exam.
Learning to fly is the best experience you will ever encounter in your life. The freedom to get in a airplane and just go and fly anywhere you want, you have to admit would be great.
Your recreational pilots license is about the fastest and easiest way to get to flying. This license will not allow you to fly at night which you would have to take an instrument ratings test in order to do that. To get yourself going with this type of license your looking in the neighborhood of about $4000-$5000 to get your private pilot or recreational license for non commercial usage. Of course you can take your friends and family with you if you choose.
For those of you choosing to become an airline pilot you too of course will start off with a private pilots license as well. The airline industry requires that pilots have extensive amount of hours to get hired. This is why a lot of graduates that get their pilots license become instructors. By doing this they accumulate flying hours for their log books.
The steps to becoming an airline pilot is as follows, first they obtain a private pilots license. After that they go for their instrument ratings exam. Next its on to getting their twin engine license. Yes, when you go for your private pilots license its for a single engine.
New pilots become instructors to accumulate flight hours for their log books. To become an airline pilot there is another special schooling to learn about jet/turbine engines. These types of engines are a different beast then turbo props that you first learn to fly.

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Becoming a pilot

Becoming a pilot is not as hard as one might think it is. There are just a few requirements needed in order to hold a pilots license. The basic requirements are you must be 16 years old, Understand the English language, and pass a medical examination.
Of course there are different types of pilots in the field ranging from individuals who just fly for the fun of it to airline pilots who get paid to do what they love to do. If your goal is to become an airline pilot you too can become one only it will take you time to get there. Even those students that go to school to become airline pilots all start by flying the majority of the time in a Cessna. The aircraft used is a single engine one to get the student familiarized with the aircraft , its controls, the feel for flying, and not to mention you have to learn how to crawl before you can walk.
As far as being an airline pilot the major carriers do tend to hire those with military backgrounds first due to the nature of them already having a number of years experience in the air and the strict guidelines they have gone through in becoming pilots in the military. However this is something that should not discourage you if you have no military background yourself, there are many companies out there that actually do hire a lot of graduates from the major flight academies.
Starting out as an airline pilot you will most likely be put as a reserve pilot. As a reserve pilot you will be basically paged when your services are needed and they can call you at anytime. However after putting in your time will land you a position and get a line. A line is a scheduled flight that you will be flying for the rest of your career pretty much.
Becoming an airline pilot can prove itself to be a stressful climb to the top but it can be accomplished with commitment and the reward is great at the end if this is something that you have always wanted to do.
There are many excellent schools out there with a few great ones like Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. This school teaches more then just becoming a pilot. They also have other areas of interest in the aviation industry you may be interested in pursuing you can check them out. There is also Delta Connections Academy,another fine school of aviation.
The trick is to keep your options open, there are many schools out there but before deciding to become a pilot you can take a test flight. Basically you pay a small fee like $30 and see if you are going to like flying.
The two schools that I mentioned have to deal with airplanes. Helicopter enthusiast I am looking into some schools for my next post so stay tuned on that.